(the guidance of Ikeda sensei)
Kosenrufu, which means I believe in you.
Human revolution, which means I become a person who believe in you.
Believing in a person, their potential, and their justice and courage is the same as believing in universe, the Mythic Law, and life.
“Believing” is right, so the more deeply you believe in, the more you will be deceived, and your heart will be hurt. As a result, your will be tired of believing, feel regretful for believing, and will cease to believe in someone.
Life is absolutely free.
There are people who believe in wealth.
There are people who believe in the theory of advantages and disadvantage.
Also, there are people who believe in titles and positions.
However, I have believed in a person, and met the mentor, who risked his life. Then, I also want to believe in a person and fight with my whole being. I believe that that is the right path which our mentor showed us.
The Prejudice of Vice-Administrator Ehime against Us
On January 23 2011, Kodaira submitted the paper which he had wrote down what he had experienced so far. Since then, two weeks passed. However, there was no reply from Mr. Ehime about the paper and the schedule of the dialogue. The last year, the dialogue with Mr. Ehime ended without talking enough. Almost two years had passed since Kodaira’s comrades in his homeland were punished and their titles and positions were removed. During the time, they were labeled and regarded with disdain by other members. There were members who lost the connection with members, and some leaders told their parents “Your son (daughter)is rebelling against president Harada.”As a result, the bonds between them and their parents were broken. Nevertheless, they kept their chin up as the disciples of the great mentor, struggled in their working places, and when they saw members, they said hello with smile and expanded the circle of friendship. Kodaira thought such members were the models of Ikeda sensei’s disciples. Kodaira said to himself “how can I be staff (employee) of Soka Gakkai if I give blind eyes on the members who were right but were suffered unfairly. Ikeda sensei declared that members are his life itself. I have to go back to the headquarters and prove the innocence and justice of the members!”
Kodaira had received no response from Mr. Ehime, but he could not give up. On January 24 2011, during the lunch time, Kodaira went to the desk of Mr. Ehime to ask to make an appointment again. Mr. Ehime was writing a document at his desk. Kodaira asked “Sorry, vice-administrator, cir.” “Uh..” Mr. Ehime said and pointed at the chair in front of him to have Kodaira sit on it. Mr. Ehime said “Do you gather when you go back to your hometown?” Kodaira could not understand what he meant. Then, it occurred to Kodaira that he implied that Kodaira saw the members who the disciplinary committee labeled as “a group within a group.” Kodaira answered “There is time that I see them.” Then, Mr. Ehime asked without stopping “How many times have you seen them?” “How about recently?” “When is the most recent day?” He was talking in a way as if the act of seeing the members is wrong deed. Kodaira asked “Why I should not see them?” “What is wrong? “Then, Mr. Ehime said angrily “Don’t make a faction(group)!” Then, Mr. Ehime continued “You should raise your voice by yourself!.” “The disciplinary committee told you, didn’t they!” Such an action is unacceptable in the Soka Gakkai.” “If the system of the Soka Gakkai does not suit to you, you should be out of the Soka Gakkai! You should be out of the Soka Gakkai!” His voice resounded in the whole office. Kodaira could not help feeling that Mr. Ehime was saying indirectly Mr Ehime continued“You should obey the guidance of the disciplinary committee.” Then, Kodaira thought “Why did he step up, and suddenly say “You should be out of the Soka Gakkai?” Kodaira could not understand what Mr. Ehime was saying. Mr. Ehime had a strong bias on Kodaira, and Kodaira felt that such bias became stronger comparing with the day of conversation on December of the last year. Kodaira thought “If he were mistaken about me, I have to solve his misunderstanding. “ Kodaira told to Mr. Ehime “Why did you said so? I do not have a will to quit the Soka Gakkai.”
Then, the phone of Mr. Ehime rang. Kodaira had waited on the seat until he hang up. The staff around Mr. Ehime were observing the two persistently. When Mr. Ehime hang up the phone, he said in a calm tone “I do not want to say like this. You should not care about such things. You should move forward. I think your father will say so.” Kodaira said desperately “This is not trivial thing. Still, there are innocent members who suffer.” Then, Mr. Ehime gave Kodaira cold stare. Mr. Ehime said “Those who have got insane always say “There are members who suffer” Kodaira said “Ikeda sensei tells us we, Soka Gakkai staff exist for its members and to safeguard them.”Mr. Ehime declared “That’s right. However, everyone is a member. So It is not only you who are a member!” Kodaira replied “Ikeda sensei told us sternly “If you find a misconduct or corruption of leaders, you have to raise your voice regardless of their titles or positions.”Mr. Ehime shouted “Then, you had better do it alone. Do it by yourself!” His voice resounded in the office room. Then, Mr. Ehime screamed “That’s enough!” Mr. Ehime left his desk. Consequently, Kodaira failed to know if Mr. Ehime had read the letters and how he had felt about them. Rather, what he said was totally different from the content of the letters which Kodaira had written. So Kodaira thought it did not seem that he took the content of the letters into consideration. Kodaira felt angry at Mr. Ehime. Kodaira understood there was difference between his opinion and that of the Soka Gakkai headquarters. Then, Kodaira would like them to listen to his side of the story to know the truth. “That should be the spirit of dialogue which the Soka Gakkai. Why did they could judge us, just listening to one side of the story?” Kodaira thought. Kodaira did not think that he and his comrades were only members of the Soka Gakkai at all. However, the members, who had raised their voices with courage, had been treat unfairly. It is natural that Soka Gakkai staff struggles to prove the justice of innocent members. Rather, it should be Soka Gakkai staff themselves who correct the injustice of its staff. Problem is the fact that the injustice and corruption was covered up, and members were made scapegoats instead. Soka Gakkai staff exist to devote themselves to its members. However, when we asked for dialogue desperately to talk about the truth of members, they considered our movement as a rebel. In the end, they told Kodaira “You should quit the staff and the member of the Soka Gakkai. Kodaira thought it was totally opposite to what Ikeda sensei had said. Soka Gakkai staff cannot champion the Soka Gakkai on the condition that they do not devote themselves to a single member.
On February 9 2011, Kodaira got a chance to meet and talk with a member in women’s division in Kyushu. As talking about his personal history such as his family and why Kodaira came to Kyushu, Kodaira got onto the subject of his experiences which he had had for nine years. The female member listened to Kodaira seriously. After Kodaira finished talking, the female member started to talk. “When you came to Kyushu, we, members in Kyushu, talked and reached a consensus,“Those who complain about the Soka Gakkai have come to Kyushu. He probably complained about Ikeda sensei. That would be why his positions and titles were removed. But we said “We should treat him without prejudice. Rather than that, because we are Soka family, if we find him something wrong, we should point it out.””She added “As talking with you, we were surprised because you did not say any excuses and something wrong. One day, when I found you supporting a candidate for an election from the New Komeito party, talked to me in smile and politely. My impression on you totally changed then.” The female member continued “When I talked with my husband, he also said “Kodaira is a totally different person as I heard. He is a very nice man, but why were his positions and titles were removed, and was he transferred to Kyushu?” My husband also said “I heard that Kodaira complained about executives, but actually he pointed out misconducts of executives and in a result was transferred, wasn’t he?” I could not believe that such things could happen in the Soka Gakkai.”
Actually, Kodaira was a person whose positions and titles in the Soka Gakkai were removed. It is natural that people see Kodaira with bias. However, the female member treated Kodaira frankly and sincerely. Kodaira was moved as much as almost to tears. Again, Kodaira felt that the thanks to members, the Soka Gakkai runs, and its staff could exist. Its staff must not think that they have authority and must be cautious not to be carried away. Its staff must not be affected by the sense of superiority or elitism. Kodaira made a determination that he would grow up as much as he could fight for members adequately. Kodaira thought “ Anyway, I have to do what I think is right one by one. First of all, I should not look away from a problem in front. I have to deal with it one by one, persistently.”
Kodaira had got no response from vice-administrator Ehime since Kodaira was told “That’s enough! On January 24th.” Kodaira could not help thinking that Mr. Ehime accepted the information from the headquarters without questioning and was mistaken about him. Kodaira was determined he had to solve his misunderstanding and eliminate his prejudice. As time went by, the false information would circulate and spread. Kodaira wanted Mr. Ehime to take enough time to listen to Kodaira’s story as soon as possible.
On February 24th 2011, after chanting daimoku in the morning meeting, Kodaira asked to Mr. Ehime out of courage, saying “Could you possibly make time to talk to me, cir?” However, Mr. Ehime answered “I won’t have dialogue with you! I’ve decided!” Kodaira asked “Why is that, cir?” “You should ask to yourself! I won’t!” Mr. Ehime said, and left the place. Kodaira got upset and always felt depressed with such response when he treated Kodaira in that way . Kodaira reflected on himself and was angry at himself because of his weakness. Then, Kodaira pondered and chanted daimoku in such occasions. When Kodaira chanted daimoku and thought of the guidance and teachings of Ikeda sensei, Kodaira could not find any valid reasons why Kodaira had been refused to have dialogue. During lunch break, Kodaira chanted earnestly. Then, Kodaira thought he should not leave this thing alone. Then, Kodaira decided to make sure of the true intention of Mr. Ehime.. Kodaira said to himself “Let’s go to meet him again!”
At the night, Kodaira welled up courage and asked to Mr. Ehime, who finished eating in the cafeteria on the first floor. “Could you possibly have read the paper in the letters, cir?” Mr. Ehime answered “Yes, I did.” Kodaira said “You said before you would give me time to talk after reading the paper, cir” “You told about me to President Harada. I don’t want to talk to a person who do such a thing.” Mr. Ehime said.
Kodaira sent a letter to President Harada on January 27 2011. In the letter Kodaira wrote what Kodaira heard from Mr. Ehime as follows; “The object of the project of personnel shift was actually punishment against me to give me a chance to restart my job and faith. Then, the transfer was done by the headquarters out of mercy.”
Kodaira thought that Mr. Ehime would have be rebuked because of the letter. However, it was important for Kodaira to know whether the transfer was a part of program with the aim for business exchange or punishment against Kodaira. It was natural that Kodaira wanted to know about the fact as a person concerned. In the first place, the disciplinary committee made a judgement “There was no problems with the three as Soka Gakkai staff” “It is not the matter that the corporate body of the Soka Gakkai should not deal with.” “From this, if the transfer was conducted as punishment against Kodaira, we have to say it was an unfair personnel shift.” Kodaira thought.
The reason for the transfer that Kodaira was notified in the headquarters was different from the one Kodaira heard from Mr. Ehime. Kodaira thought “Why is it wrong to tell President Harada about the difference, candidly, and to point out the wrongness of the transfer?” Kodaira found that Mr. Ehime was just eager to avoid displeasing President Harada and the other top leaders. So, Kodaira could not help feeling Mr. Ehime was doing this for self-protection, and he wanted to obscure the issue and end it.
“The organization fall into the state of corruption easily, and tend to become bureaucratic. In that case, we have to have the viewpoint that we can find truth and justice in “people” who are always working in reality. If we lost this point of view, any organization would become corrupt.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)
If the headquarters exclude people without listening to their side of story, the organization will become more and more authoritarian and rigid. The faces of his fellow members came up on Kodaira’s mind. Kodaira thought he was able to become Soka Gakkai staff thanks to his serious father, his earnest mother, and other members who brought up Kodaira like a warm family. Also, Kodaira thought he was a disciple of Ikeda sensei and one of ordinary people. “I will never be affected by the elitism and the sense of superiority which Soka Gakkai staff tend to have! What should I do to be so?” Kodaira said to himself. “Keep struggling is the only way! I have to carry through my faith in accordance with the guidance of Ikeda sensei. No matter how I would be treated by others, I cannot betray my mentor within myself. All I want is to please Ikeda sensei.That is everything.”
The Days that Noguchi Was Given No Jobs
On February 1 2011, Noguchi moved to Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku alone, and he started a new life in an condominium with a eight tatami mat room. Noguchi went to his working place the first time, and greeted in a morning meeting. Noguchi said “My name is Yusuke Noguchi. I was transferred from the headquarters. I would like to do everything for Ikeda sensei and members in this new place. In the Soka Gakkai activities, I will fight as a single male division member.” Noguchi took over the jobs of one female staff who had worked for two years. The main job of Noguchi was to bring together information in meetings, to make a summary in a sheet of paper, and to send emails to the headquarters. However, It just took 10-15 minutes for Noguchi to finish the jobs. It was not the job which Noguchi, who had worked for 10 years, was in charge of. Needless to say, Noguchi did not want to determine which job is better or not. Noguchi wanted to take on any chores because the spirit of Soka Gakkai staff represents devotion. However, the amount of his jobs was too small, and his average time of his jobs per day was no more than 30 minutes.
Noguchi spent the days that he was just sitting at his desk most of his working time. There was few staff who talked to Noguchi. Noguchi was just sitting in the center of the room. Noguchi wanted to work, but was not given any jobs. Noguchi asked to his boss candidly “Is there something I can help with your jobs?” Nevertheless, his answer was “ I will think about it”, and he ended talking. The salary of Soka Gakkai staff was based on the contribution of members. In order to make such contribution, each member works desperately every day in their working place, saves money, and gives it to charity. Noguchi could not think he worked enough for the sincere devotion of members. Noguchi felt a sense of guilty because he felt he was like a thief of salary. Such feelings became stronger and stronger as time passed by. When the working time was over, Noguchi left the office for his condominium without working overtime, every day. The leaders in the youth division warned to Noguchi that he should refrain from attending meetings, siting the following reason “Noguchi is Soka Gakkai staff, but he has no positions. We should not give members any concerns.” Noguchi was allowed to participate in only General Satellite Leaders’ Meetings. He was, as if, suspended from other activities. Noguchi lived in his condominium in Shikoku without his beloved families, friends, and his acquaintances. All Noguchi could do is to learn the guidance and teachings of Ikeda sensei, and to chant daimoku, desperately. Noguchi thought because he was prohibited to join Soka Gakkai activities, what he could do is to report to Ikeda sensei about the mistreatment against the innocent members in his homeland.
Noguchi chanted and pondered over and over what he should do to deliver the letter to Ikeda sensei, and what he should do to realize the dialogue with president Harada. Noguchi thought that his present mission was to report the real state of the Soka Gakkai, to get back to his homeland and to prove the innocence of the members. Noguchi said to himself “First of all, I should confirm to Mr. Miyazaki, a director in his office, the reason why it was decided that I would be transferred. Then, Mr. Miyazaki told him “Your life should be based on the faith.” Noguchi wondered that he was worried about my faith though I have never talked with him. Noguchi felt that like Kodaira, Mr. Miyazaki may hear that Noguchi was the one who refused to sign the written pledge and did not follow the guidance and the decision of the headquarters. Noguchi thought that if Mr. Miyazaki was mistaken about him, he had to solve the misunderstanding of Mr. Miyazaki. Also, Noguchi thought the influence of the headquarters was huge and if Noguchi could not make dialogue with president Harada come true, Noguchi thought, such a treatment against the members would never be stopped. Noguchi said to himself “I cannot be silent in Shikoku, where is far away from Tokyo. I will not allow what I experienced to be covered up.
On February 14 2011, Noguchi made a phone call to Mr. Tokushima, a director, who Noguchi handed the application form for making an appointment with president Harada before Noguchi had left the headquarters for Shikoku. Noguchi asked to Mr. Tokushima “Have you handed my letters to President Harada, cir? I still have not received a reply from him.” Mr. Tokushima said “I have. I think he have read them.” “I have waited for his response. In the letters, I asked him to listen to my side of the story. Could I possibly get response from him, cir?” Noguchi asked. Then, Tokushima answered “President Harada is so busy that he cannot reply to every message.” Noguchi thought it was something wrong. This is because Noguchi was told by president Harada “You should make an appointment in the staff room.” Then, Noguchi did it as he had said. Noguchi got worried and asked “How should I get to know what is going on?” Tokushima said “There is no way but to wait more.” Then, Noguchi replied “How long should I wait? I would like to receive a reply from president Harada, cir.” Tokushima said “You can write another letter as it was if you want to get a reply.” Then, Noguchi asked “Are you a person who in charge of dealing with and confirming requests for making an appointment?” He answered “Yes, I am. Please wait.” After that, Noguchi hung up the phone.
Again, Noguchi was told to write letters addressed to president Harada. Plus, Mr. Tokushima emphasized that Noguchi should write letters again though President Harada had not responded to Noguchi’s letters so far. Moreover, Mr. Tokushima implied there could be no response only if Noguchi waited for it. “It totally did not make sense” Noguchi thought. It was not coherent and sincere. For what had Noguchi written letters? For what was the post of a contact person created? However, there was no effective way but to write letters to president Harada in order to talk with him. Noguchi said to himself “I will write letters to get a reply from him once again!”
“To win or to lose…if you give up, you will lose, immediately.
(the guidance of Ikeda sensei)
On March 21 2011, Noguchi posted letters, which was the second-time attempt. The contents was as follows; “I have prayed desperately to receive a reply. However, I am anxious after hearing “You might not get response from President Harada.” I fear that they might give blind eyes on the problems. I am really sorry that I ask you again for your response. But I really need your reply on our letters, so I have written letters again.” “Could you possibly listen to our side of the story? I will accept any judgement if you listen, acknowledge, and judge.” If you find something wrong with us, I will definitely reflect on and change myself.”
Next day, on March 22, Noguchi phoned Mr. Tokushima, and told “After talking with you, I wrote letters to President Harada. I posted the letters addressed to you. So please hand them to him, cir.” Mr. Tokushima accepted the request, saying “Yes, I will.” After posting letters in Shikoku, Noguchi prayed and waited for reply.