The Report of the Silent Protest in Front of the Headquarters ( The first part)

On June 18 2017, in the rainy season, the sky was full of clouds as if the deities safeguarded us from the heat of the sun. We held a silent protest in front of the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo. We, 71 fellow members, who came from all over Japan, held high the banners or some pieces of card boxes with message with our chin up. For this day we wrote the following four messages on the main banner, and held them up.
“The top leaders! Bring back to the principles of the three presidents immediately! Otherwise, resign the positions!”

“Fight to repeal the Security policy and the Conspiracy Law, which could Japan to the war!”
“Disclose the suspicion of the monetary corruption by the Soka Gakkai staff!”
“Do not punish members who raises their voice!”

Now, top leaders takes advantage of the situation where Ikeda sensei is uncapable to make difficult decisions and go against the principles of the three founders of the Soka Gakkai. They have changed in a sloppy way the fundamental principles of the faith into the one, which is not consistent with the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, three years straight. The Buddhism is “Body” and the world is “the Shadow.” Therefore, the distortion of “Body” influences the world, and the distortion came to the surface of the world. The New Komeito, which the Soka Gakkai supports and backs up, carries the Liberal Democratic Party’s water, and approved of the exercise of the collective self-defense, and helped the Liberal Democratic Party passed the Security policy. Then, the policy of Japan such as “the eternal peace” and “constitutionalism” were broken, and stipulated implicitly that Japan is a country which approves of wars. Also, the New Komeito passed Conspiracy Law forcibly as a junior coalition party. The Law is so called the modern version of Security Autonomy Law. The Conspiracy Law is a horrible law which enables the nation to judge people as criminals just when people conspires. If such power is given to an authority, it will also enable the nation to oppress groups which are against the nation. Besides, the New Komeito exclaimed that they reduced the number of the crimes subject to Conspiracy Law from 676 to 277. They announced it as if they were acting as the “brake” on the Liberal Democratic Party, which run out of control. However, actually, they just bluffed their way. In fact, until then, the Conspiracy Law had been scraped three times. Plus, in 2007, the number of crimes subject to the law had been reduced to 128 in the draft of the small committee of the Liberal Democratic Party. However, now, the number of the crimes increased more than two-fold (128 to 277.) We say the Security Policy and the Conspiracy Law are laws which were created with a feeling of distrust to people. Distrust creates another distrust, and it resulted in a vicious circle of distrust. If we say we are the disciples of Ikeda sensei, we should not allow the humanism and the pacifism of Ikeda sensei to be destroyed any more. We should raise our voice to stop the Soka Gakkai and the New Komeito to go in a wrong direction any further.

On this day, many members gathered in Shinanomachi station in Tokyo vigorously with the feeling “We, every single member who joins this silent protest, is the Soka Gakkai itself and now is the time to take an action as Ikeda sensei told us.” When we arrived in the station, A youth male member from Kyushu, Mr. A was already there, dragging a suitcase with one hand. He came to Tokyo with the first airplane on the day. We had already met with him in the meeting in Kumamoto in Kyushu. Four days before the silent protest, Takigawa talked with Mr. A on the phone, then Mr. A said “I cannot keep silent, seeing the Soka Gakkai become like this! Even if alone, I will stand on my own!” Mr. A told Takigawa his passionate and indignant feelings. Delighted to see again, we shook our hands firmly. After a while, Mr. B arrived there with great awareness. We had met Mr. B in the meeting in Kumamoto, too. Mr. B pondered if he should join the silent protest or not. Then, she chanted daimoku earnestly, and at the eve of the silent protest, he sent an email to us, saying “I’m not sure if I will have an opportunity again to fight near the house of Ikeda sensei with comrades who struggles to put the Soka Gakkai on the right track. So, I’ve made a determination. I do not care about being excommunicated. Thinking about the insane law (Conspiracy Law), I feel a little worried. But, I will stand for Ikeda sensei and those who are worried and cannot take an action. I will do this because I want them to well up their courage by themselves.”
We had read the emails many times, respecting and seeing him as a true disciple of Ikeda sensei. Mr. B flushed with pleasure and said “I thought I cannot pass through this time (now) that Ikeda sensei is alive, and we shook hands firmly. One member and another from all over Japan gathered in Shinanomachi station. There were elderly members. Although we had not announced the time that the silent protest started this time, they had participated in the second-time silent protest. We had stood in front of the headquarters together. Actually, they had been watching the New Komeito carefully. They said “Seeing your struggle, I thought we can bring back the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei had established. Now I see a light in the end of the tunnel. I will join this silent protest, too.” The participants had not known each other. However, everyone had the same determination to take an action without regret to create the Soka Gakkai as Ikeda sensei envisioned. We saw blossoms of dialogue in Shinanomachi station for a while.

At 1 p.m. we started the silent protest together with fellow members who we were able to meet each other thanks to Ikeda sensei, holding up the prepared banners in front of the cathedral of the Soka Gakkai. Noguchi held tightly the prepared handmade placards, which said “Go back to the Soka Gakkai of Ikeda sensei!”
When holding up the placard over his head, Mr. C said “I am overcome with emotion” with tears in his eyes. He added with deep thought over the silent protest “I am very happy to stand with fellow members like this in front of the headquarters, in which Ikeda sensei might be. I came here today with the feeling, “I have to do what I can do now.” I feel Ikeda sensei is watching us!” Left next to Mr.C, standing was Mr. D, who was holding up the three-colored flag. Mr. D said “After joining the silent protest, leaders in my district called me to come to the cultural center twice, and questioned me. They told me “Don’t make a contact with the three former Soka Gakkai staff members, and do not join silent protests.” Then, I said “I do not do this since somebody told me. I join the silent protest with my thought that the executives, such as President Harada are wrong. What is wrong with this?”” Mr. D continued “Then, surprisingly, the leaders asked my parents and brothers to come to the center and persuaded them to stop me, saying “No time is left.” They implied “(If this situation continues,) your son (brother) will be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai.” They are just threatening! Why on earth dis they call my parents or my brother in no relation to the silent protest instead of me!”
What a dirty way! The headquarters dislike the actions of members who has the spirit of “Standing up by oneself” and take a way to use their parents or siblings when they did not stop the actions. I feel indignant with the unreasonable ways of the headquarters!

In the same way, in the district of Mr. E, leaders lobbied the president of Mr. E’s office to convince Mr. E. Is it ok to take such a way! It seemed that they told the president, who is a member of the Soka Gakkai, “Mr. E works on activities against the current top leaders” “Connecting with those who are excommunicated is evil, so you should stop Mr. E.” The leaders made us the enemies of Buddha. Actually, the president was very worried that the leaders had no mercy and said that they had to punish Mr. E. However, after that, Mr. E persuaded the president, saying that he loves the Soka Gakkai wholeheartedly, and he worked on the activities in accordance with Gosho and the guidance of Ikeda sensei, so he was not wrong. Plus, Mr. E told the president that the top leaders are against Ikeda sensei. As a result, the president approved of his heart of justice. Nevertheless, the leaders did not stop. They called Mr. E to come to the center and said “We cannot allow the person, who is against the top leaders.” Then, they notified Mr. E that they would remove the positions of Mr. E. It is easy to judge who is right if they have dialogue. However, they did not have the opportunities of dialogue but punished Mr. E. We have never seen or heard such punishment when Ikeda sensei was fine. Plus, even before this silent protest, they called Mr. E to come to the center and confirmed if Mr. E would participate in it. Then, Mr. E answered “Yes, I will!” The leader told Mr. E “I will report this to the top leader of this region.” I feel really indignant with their despicable organized oppression against Mr. E! In spite of that, Mr. E is undaunted whatever punishment or inquiry confronted him. Mr. E exclaimed “I am not criticizing the Soka Gakkai. But I want to say wrong is wrong in accordance with the guidance of the three mentors. It is wrong that they make the actions subject to punishment. Who on earth are the disciples of the mentors! Who on earth are the true disciples of the mentors! I would like to declare that a true disciple is this unknown member, who raises his voice and joins the silent protest, standing bravely in front of the headquarters.

In front of the cathedral, standing was Ms. F with tears in her eyes. When we met her in the meeting in Nagoya in May for the first time, she told us “If the silent protest is held after noon, I can go there by Shinkansen.” It seemed that she had had wanted to join silent protest for long time. Finally, her hope was realized. To Ms. F, who held up the placard bravely, a man of the press asked some questions “I think this is the only place in Japan where I can see activities to protest against the Soka Gakkai. So, you came from Kansai to join?” “That’s right. When the security policy was on heated debate in society, I declared to leaders in my district “I will be opposed to the security policy!” I thought something is wrong when the security bills was passed in the diet. Then, I researched throughly by myself, and I found the bills were totally not based on and against the guidance of Ikeda sensei. So, I thought the top leaders are wrong.” She pointed out the causes of the change of the current Soka Gakkai. Ms. F started to share her experience of the faith. “I feel that everyone around me in my district keeps away from me after I announced my stance of opposition against the security policy. But I used to go along with members in my district, so we exchanges greetings when we see even now. They are really nice and too trusting, so many of them do not say their own ideas clearly. But when Ikeda sensei was fine, every member could say anything. Hearing what Ms. F talked, the journalist said with surprise “Learning of the current Soka Gakkai, it may be inappropriate to say, but it is like “during the war.” The organization, in which people cannot share their feelings and cannot point out problems, is not the Soka Gakkai. If we are forced to keep silent against the Soka Gakkai and New Komei party, which go in a wrong direction, the authoritarianism in the headquarters will be much stronger.

Beside Ms. F, there was a banner which read “The most tragic thing is for human being is not the violence of the evil but the indifference and the silence of the good.” The members who brought and held up the banner with the powerful saying of Martin Luther King Jr, a person who struggled to champion human right, were Mr. and Mrs. G. Mr. G started taking about his strong feeling for the saying, which he wrote with a thick brush. “I think that in his saying we can find the worst thing in the Soka Gakkai, which is silence. We do not have strong self enough to stand by themselves in the organization with the system of downward communication. Now, the spirit of questioning themselves, thinking by themselves, and putting them into actions were totally lost. The spirit of non-violence, which Martin Luther King Jr. appealed to and Gandhi inherited was something that we could find in the spirit of Makiguchi sensei and each member. However, now the spirit is totally lost.

Is it evil to keep silent against the headquarters, which obeys the power of the nation? If we face and are true to our own sincere minds, we should raise brave voice like “what the headquarters do is not in accordance with the guidance of the three founders of the Soka Gakkai!” That is the action for safeguarding the Soka Gakkai and the missionary fight for each member who lives in the time “the disciples raise their voice.”

Some people who walked by us watched our silent protest with vigor with warm smile, other people stopped to take photos of our struggling figures, and the other people to read the banners. We also found a group who used to be classmates of Takigawa in the Soka University. They looked over a line of people who gathered for the silent protest. When they found Takigawa, they waved their hands with smile. Takigawa was pleased to see it. He really was.

When ordinary people continue to struggle to raise their voices of truth, the Soka Gakkai will definitely be changed. We will put the Soka Gakkai on the right track, and the true disciples of Ikeda sensei will definitely transform the Soka Gakkai into the one whose protagonists are ordinary people!


Our Resent Activities

Thank you for sending messages to our blog account. We really appreciate it. We received a message. It said they wanted to know about our recent movement. From this, we will summarize the episodes of our recent movement which we updated in our Japanese blog before. We have had meetings around Japan and conducted silent protests in front of the headquarters with fellow members. We will write one by one.

The Meeting in Nagoya
In April 24 2017, with no clouds in the sky, we held a meeting full of determination to transform the Soka Gakkai, in Nagoya in Chubu region. In the lobby of the Aichi youth center on the first floor, one hour before the meeting started, fellow members gathered gradually. We could see the blossoms of conversation here and there. “Long time no see! Thank you for coming to Chubu!” We were able to see again with Mr. And Mrs. A. They had come to the meeting held in Yokohama all the way, and had helped us to look for the place for this meeting. Other members from Kansai region came to us and said cheerfully “In Kanasai, there were less than five or six fellow members of mine. Let’s expand the circle of our comradeship and have a meeting in Kansai, too!” In this meeting in Chubu, 37 members gathered from Australia, Aichi, Mie, Gifu, Nagano, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shizuoka, Tokyo, and Kanagawa. Each member had struggled in their hometown.

In the first half of the meeting, Tsuyoshi Motomura, who was a town councilor in Taketoyo town, spoke. He was a former New Komeito Party lawmaker, but because he had raised his voice against the security policy, which could lead Japan to the wars, he had been forced to leave the party. He declared sternly “Even the government in old days said they were not going to abuse the Maintenance of Public Order Law. Also they said they oppressed the social movements. In fact, they sent more than 70 thousand cases to prosecutors office, including those who have new religions and liberalists. Makiguchi sensei and Toda sensei was in the same boat.” He added “It was the Maintenance of Public Order Law that men of influence (the authority) depended on, who tortured the two presidents of the Soka Gakkai.”Mr. Motomura told with strong anger against persecution against Makiguchi sensei and Toda sensei. Lastly, he told “I say we do not need to create Conspiracy Law, which put the lives of citizens in danger. And we should scrap the law!”

The next person who spoke was Ms.B. She spoke about her own experience as it was. Ms. B joined a silent protest alone held in front of the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo in January 9 2016. Then, she told us earnestly “Let’s unite!” We think such singleminded voice of her realized the meetings around Japan. According to her, her friend did shakubuku to her (asked her to start this faith.) When she chanted daimoku, she felt things were going well. One day, she read a book for the explanation of a subject of Gosyo on a bus. Then, she was so amazed that she could not stop tears, and her nose did not stop running. Then, she looked down to hide her face. She had a sense of reverence for Shakuson, who preached such a guidance. Then, she thought “Wait. The person who wrote this book was Daisaku Ikeda. So, what is Nammyo-Horengekyo? To know about this more, I have to join the Soka Gakkai.” In this way, she made a determination, and joined the Soka Gakkai in 2001. Nevertheless, the Soka Gakkai was in the midst of sect problems. And on the Seikyo Newspaper, she saw critical and strong language against other sects, so she was very shocked. Also, she was disappointed with meetings, where members hardly share their own ideas. It was different from what she had imagined. Since then, she ceased to join meetings. One day, her daughter told critically to Ms. B “What the New Komeito have done is wrong!” What she said was right and consistent. So Ms. B decided to go to see the demonstration in front of the Diet Building. There, she saw a flag with the three colors. The person who held the flag high was Tatsushi Amano. Quite many members were in the demonstration, and she was very inspired that she saw a brilliant light “Here is the true Soka Gakkai!”
Since that day, she found a new her self, who thinks based on her actions and experiences, and has a freedom in her mind. She felt as if she was reborn day by day. However, in spite of her struggle, the security bills were passed with the approval of the New Komeito. She thought “This is dangerous!” “We must not break the solidarity. What should I do?” Then, she came to know about the silent protest conducted by the three former Soka Gakkai staff. She thought “I should join such bravery movement!” On the very day of a silent protest, in the early morning, she left her home for the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo, and stood in front of the headquarters with 16 fellow members. She was so impressed that she thought that movement was what she was looking for, and it was the ideal of Ikeda sensei. In the protest, she told other fellow members “It is important to unite. Now is the time to make more horizontal relationships. Let’s expand the solidarity!” In the end of her speech in the meeting in Kansai, Mr. B, who takes actions when coming up with something for the Soka Gakkai and Ikeda sensei, spoke about her determination “What I would like to say is to put into practice what you think is right. Why don’t we do a silent protest with 10000 fellow members around Japan in front of the headquarters in Tokyo? Let’s make solidarity, which even evils can not come close and hinder!” Her sincere and inspiring speech got a big hand from the audience.

The next person, who spoke, was Mitsuko Takigawa, who is the mother of Kiyoshi Takigawa. This was the five times for her to take the rostrum in meetings. She accepted the offer willingly. On this year, she became 70 years old, and her determination also became stronger and stronger. She spoke about her experience to write letters to President Harada to have dialogue in person. To realize the dialogue, she thought over and over what she should write, and her fingers were full of callouses. In the end of her speech her voice was full of spirit. She declared “I will live until I transform the Soka Gakkai to the one, which Ikeda sensei envisioned. Her heart had been never swayed by the symptoms of the cancer, and continued to struggle. Hearing her determination to continue to fight to transform the Soka Gakkai, the fellow members were so moved and inspired that the thunderous applause did not die down for some time.

When the first part of the meeting was over, we had a short break. After a while, Takigawa called out “We will have the second part of the meeting which everyone is looking forward to! Let’s talk frankly!” Beaming smiles of the members were here and there, and their eyes were sparkling, “We are looking forward to having this!”
In the beginning, Mr. C, who was a chapter leader of a district and who participated in this meeting the first time, started talking; “Hearing this kind of a meeting was held, I came here to meet fellow members. I am inspired and appreciated it for giving me such an occasion. I would like to ask a couple of things. I think it is very rough and hard for members to be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai. Do they make the causes of the excommunication clear when excommunicating? In Chubu or Nagoya, members who have been excommunicated are the ones who we could expect to be. Hearing your stories, it seems that excommunication is something easily done by the authoritarians. And If this happens in other prefectures, this is a big problem.” It is a natural question. Then, Mr. A, who helped us to look for this venue, started talking “There are six members including me, whose positions and titles were removed because of problems not relating to the ones involving the three former Soka Gakkai staff. Because the one of the members said “I would not like to end the relationship with the fellow members who were excommunicated”, the positions and titles of the member was removed. There are such cases of many. If we have a friend who is excommunicated, they will say “End the relationship with them. If you cannot, your positions and titles will be removed.” It is totally unacceptable. Do they want to say “the friends of the criminals are also criminals?” This is an insane logic.

An elderly member who came from Tokaido region (Shizuoka, Kanagawa, etc.) seemed that he could not understand, and asked “What were the reasons?” Mr. A answered “The true reason was because they have not ended the relationship with the excommunicated members. But, when they came to notify me of the excommunication, I was told “You said something inappropriate as a leader. So your positions and titles will be removed.” Then, I asked “I thought the Soka Gakkai’s guidance should not be like this. The Soka Gakkai guidance should be like when I said something inappropriate, they should say “It is wrong.” Mr. D remarked with a doubtful look “That’s all? What did you mention, actually?” Mr. A answered when I said “What is that(something inappropriate) ?”, they said “ I cannot tell you about it.” Ittook Mr. D by surprise. “What?” Mr. D said.

Then, Mr. A started to talk seriously. “Since I was in the student division, I have said “Rightis right, and wrong is wrong.” But, why did the leaders tell me suddenly “Your remarks are inappropriate” when I became a vice zone leader?” “Actually , leaders inquired me when my positions and titles were removed. They said “Come to the center”, and It was conversation between me and two leaders. At that time, they did not say I did something appropriate as a vise-zone leader. They asked me “You have done barbecue with your friends and gone to eat out, haven’t you?” Then, I answered “Yes, I have.” What they asked me were such things.” The attendants said “Really??” with big sighs. Mr. A kept on talking earnestly. “To sum up, they regarded the actions of connecting with those who are excommunicated as a problem. But when I said “I cannot end the relationship. Why should I cut off the friendship?” Then, they just said “I got it. You mean you cannot.” Everyone was surprised to know members became subject to being excommunicated so easily. Mr. A talked with conviction in attempt to encourage everyone. When my positions were removed, I asked “I will be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai someday?” “Being excommunicated, will I get benefit when I have Gohonzon in my house and chant dimoku regarding Nichiren as the Gohonzon in Mappo (Age of the Final Dharma) and thinking Ikeda sensei as the eternal mentor?” Then, a top prefectural leader said “Yes, you will.” So, I thought it is nothing different even if I am excommunicated.”“For me, the benefit which we can get from Gohonzon is nothing different even if we are excommunicated.” “So, now I think it is ok for me to be excommunicated. It is not big deal. Sorry to say one word too much.”

Of course, nobody doesn’t want to be excommunicated. Everyone wants to live their lives just as Ikeda sensei said. The principle of the Soka Gakkai is the spirit of the relationship between the mentors and their disciples of the three founders, forever.

Hearing the strong determination of Mr. A, Noguchi strengthened his determination to transform the Soka Gakkai without never giving up, together with his fellow members, who carry through justice. Noguchi said “Without saying, it is not ok to be excommunicated. I think, like this meeting, we should expand the comradeship between fellow members and transform the Soka Gakkai. And we should take on the struggle together, declaring “Repeal the unfair excommunication!” In the Soka Gakkai, where Ikeda sensei was seen in public, the top leaders could not punish members easily. However, now if members do not obey the organization, such members are treated as evils and rebels. The organization excludes members who say their opinions earnestly. Originally, in the Soka Gakkai members mingled each other and say different opinions with each other, struggling to figure out an answers. After talking, everyone understood. However, now, the Soka Gakkai is the place, where everyone cannot share their opinions, and the place gives us a cooped-up feeling and oppressed us with force. The current Soka Gakkai is the world where Ikeda sensei dislikes the most.”

Mr. E, who was listening to everyone carefully and came from Kansai region, raised his hand and said “Speaking of which, my thought is different from you. the comradeship, for me, this is the third times to participate in meetings (which the three former Soka Gakkai staff hold.)” According to him, he was opposed to the Security Policy, basically. He had stuck on his thought that the New Komeito needed to keep the coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party. Then, he exerted himself in supporting the New Komeito. Plus, he made monetary contribution, the total sum of which amounted to the money with which he could buy a house. However, there was a turning point for him. One of his friend was excommunicated. Mr. E was talking, suppressing his anger. “I wrote letters to an executive in the headquarters. It said “The excommunication is not right.” Since then, I had not made any critical comments, but a senior leader came to my house, and told me “What did you do?” Then, the senior leader said “Since Edo era, it is decided that if you make a direct appeal, you will be beheaded.” So, I said “It is Heisei Era now.” A pair of sibling, who joined a meeting for the first time, looked at each other and said, inclining their heads “It was as if a feudal era.” Then, Mr. E said “I’ve never done something to bother the organization. However, my organizational positions were all removed. Some senior leaders added “You must not go to cultural centers” “You must not meet with members" “You must not join the Soka Gakkai activities.” A participant said angrily “It was the same as being excommunicated!” Mr. E answered, laughing bitterly “But I was allowed to make a monetary contribution.” Another participant said indignantly “It’s much worse!” Everyone was shocked and sighed. Mr. E continued “But I was told “You should not do other than that.” “Even if you met with a member, you must not greet nor talk.” “If you break the rule, you will be excommunicated.” It is the truth. That is what the current Soka is like.”
According to Mr. E, he just wrote a letter to one staff in the headquarters to safeguard his friend. In spite, they threatened him, saying “You will be excommunicated”, and his organizational positions were removed. It was ruthless story that we could not believe. They punished Mr. E without dialogue. Was the main principle of thee Soka Gakkai “dialogue”, wasn’t it? Why did the top leaders tries to obey members? What on earth are they afraid of?

Then, Mr.C, who worked hard at the forefront as a chapter leader, started talking, “I think dialogue is very important. So, I tried to share my ideas with those whose organizational positions were higher. For example, I told about the Security Policy or the political affairs.I asked “What do you think about it?” I talked with them personally, and tries to understand each other. Dialogue is so important, but in the current Soka Gakkai, we hardly have dialogue with each other. I think that when we talk about problems, we can find something we can empathize. So I have carried through having dialogue.”

Next, Mr. A shared his thoughts. “When we were young, we were told “You should think on your own and put it into practice.” However, since Ikeda sensei was not seen publicly, things changed. Leaders tell “You should not think on your own. What you are instructed is everything. Don’t think other than that. The faith means that you do as you were told.” Also, some leaders say “President Harada is something.” Then, when I asked how much he is special, they answered “President Harada is the greatest disciple.” Then, one participant said “when the president comes, it always rains.”

If we do not think by ourselves and just do what we have been told submissively, for what does the faith exist? The faith is something which makes us wiser and happier, doesn’t it?

After that, Mrs. B from Tokyo took out her mobile phone and shared message. It said “These days, probably because I joined silent protests, two prefectural leaders came to my working place, and talked with my boss to stop me to participate in silent protests, In another case, a prefectural leader contacted with my friend and his sister and her husband and persuaded, saying “Don’t make a contact with us.” Such an evil function is something as written in Gosho. So, I made my conviction on the faith stronger. Top leaders in the headquarters appealed to such a a dirty way. Also, they said mercilessly as following. “Even if you are fired, it cannot be helped because you do not obey.” Now we are engaged in the struggle which will go down in the history of Kosenrufu (the propagation of the Mythic Law). So we have to be very cautious, and let’s foster the solidarity. Please say regards to everyone.” It erupted in thunderous applause. The sender of this message was a person who we knew well. Since the Iraq war, he thought the New Komeito was wrong. So, he, who was a chapter leader then, studied hard, and created a video in which the problems of Security policy were summarized for members of women division in his district. Moreover, he set up opportunities of political study many times. In this way, he worked perseveringly, so members in his district changed their awareness, gradually. However, as they became busier and busier because of one instruction and another from senior leaders, their awareness got back to what it used to be. No leaders took him seriously. The days of suffering continued. He struggled and pondered “Is it right to keep being as a chapter leader?” So, it occurred to him that he should give back the position with his will. However, he came the decision that he should not neglect the divisional organization which Ikeda sensei entrusted to him. So he continued to fight persistently and patiently, welling up courage not to give in. It was then that he joined the silent protest. Knowing it, the headquarters decided to remove the position of his, and as the message said, the two leaders started putting pressure on his boss in his working place. In spite of the bitter situation, he flamed his undaunted spirit more and more, and made a strong resolve to transform the Soka Gakkai.

The silent protest held by the comrades started influencing the headquarters. It is reasonable that headwind becomes stronger when you keep going without giving up.

The courageous way of living, “not giving up for one’s faith” brightens the one. As a leader who has a mission, stand up now with the determination “I will take all responsibility for Kosen-rufu”
(Thee guidance of Ikeda sensei)

When Takigawa looked at his watch, the meeting was almost over. Takigawa would like Mr. J to share his ideas a little and asked him. Then, Mr. J started talking “With two leaders in my district, I talked about the book of the three former Soka Gakkai staff before. Until now, I have let four people to read the book, all of who have showed sympathy.” Hearing that, everyone gave claps to him and said “Great!”

Then, Mr. J’s wife, who sat next to Mr. J, asked us “I can’t believe that although the wife of Ikeda sensei was still fine, the Soka Gakkai went wrong. Have you ever written to her?” Takigawa answered “Yes, we have.” When we were the staff, in order to prove the innocence and justice of our comrades and also to tell Ikeda sensei our determination to improve the inner and structural problems of the Soka Gakkai and to make the ideal Soka Gakkai, we wrote a letter and sent to Ikeda sensei and his wife, respectively. However, leaders in the headquarters prevented it. We knew the fact on a later day. During the trial in court for repealing our dismissal, the headquarters submitted to the court our letters addressed to Ikeda sensei and his wife, insisting “They interfered the business of the Soka Gakkai, heavily.” Knowing the cruel act of the headquarters, we felt angry, and tears welled up. However, what we angered the most was that there were only top leaders hid their true intentions, wearing iron masks and did not report truth to Ikeda sensei for their self-protection.

Then, an elderly man said “Have his wife announced anything about the current state of the Soka Gakkai?” Kodaira answered “No, she hasn’t for now. But I think this is the will and decision of hers.” Our thought was that his wife continues an important struggle to safeguard Ikeda sensei. That could be the struggle, which only his wife could takes on. Then, Mr. D asked “How about the sons of Ikeda sensei?” Noguchi responded “When I was staff, I went to hand a letter to Hiromasa Ikeda directly, his oldest son. Then, he received it willingly, saying “I see.” However, I had had no response, so about ten days later, we asked to Hiromasa, “Have you handed my letter to Ikeda sensei, cir?” He answered “I can’t hand it to Ikeda sensei directly, so I did to the first secretary division.” “We were very disappointed to know the fact. We handed the letter to Hiromasa with the feeling of the last chance, because anyone didn’t answer to our request. One person said “That’s why the faith is not related to blood!” Kodaira said “I think so. If you prioritize the relationship of blood, it will be not fair and equal.

Then, Mr. A mentioned “Sorry to interrupt. I don’t intend to defend Hiromasa. But if Hiromasa read aloud the letter to Ikeda sansei or talked about the letter to other top leaders, he will be fired. Because of his organizational position, he can’t do it.” Hearing that, Mr. H said “It will be ok only if Ikeda sensei knows it, right?” Mr. A said “But if the fact is known, he will be fired. So Considering the health of Ikeda sensei, Hiromasa can’t do it.” “The thing is that Ikeda would call such a person a disciple, does he?” said Mr. H. Mr. G from Kawasaki shared his idea “In the Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra”, in short, Ikeda sensei mentioned that the thing is that it depends on how much we get negative information to improve thee organization. So, his guidance is that we have to report negative information. The idea that we cannot do it because of positions or titles is wrong. But if we need to consider positions, they have to listen to our side of the story. At least, they have to spare time to listen and know what has happened. This is because the Soka Gakkai became very huge, so they have to take an better way considering the condition. That’s the way a true disciple does.” Noguchi added “I went to hand a letter to Takahiro, the third son of Ikeda sensei. He said “You are regarded as a rebel because you are doing like this!” But actually, he had never listened to me. So I think the relationship of blood is not related to the depth of the faith. I would like them to fulfill their jobs as top leaders regardless of the relationship of blood. Kodaira mentioned “Ikeda sensei also wanted it.” Then, Mr. G said “I think there are different ideas, which is ok. The thing is that the Soka Gakkai has to be like this. Everyone shares their own ideas. So let’s do this!” However, If we do this, we will be considered like “You are not following the guidance of The Soka Gakkai. Then, we will be not allowed to join the organization. The current Soka Gakkai is like “Follow in silent.” So sharing ideas freely itself will be a problem.” It is not because of the Soka Gakkai but Mr. Harada. “That’s right!” Everyone agreed and said laughingly. The difference of ideas comes down to Ikeda sensei. As long as we keep the Soka Gakkai full of the spirit of Ikeda sensei, we can trust each other and have dialogue with each other vigorously. So, as Ikeda sensei says, dialogue is the lifeline.

Few time has left. Mrs. K, who came from Tokaido region, started talking, “It’s not me who wants to talk. Today, there is a member who joins a meeting for the first time.” Then, she introduced a female member next to her, Mrs. L. Mrs. L said “Mrs. K introduced me the book of the three former Soka Gakkai staff, and I came to know the reality of the current Soka Gakkai. In fact, around 1979, when Ikeda sensei resigned the president, I felt instinctively that the Soka Gakkai had changed badly. Since then it turned out worse. The New Komeito participated in power, and the top leaders changed badly. But hearing the experience of the lady from Tokyo and that of Mitsuko Takigawa, it felt me like the old days of the Soka Gakkai. I think that in the current Soka Gakkai, we can’t feel something like this. When leaders changed badly, the experiences of the faith also changed, after all. So, I think bad things came to surface because the Soka Gakkai have derailed from the path of the guidance of Ikeda sensei.” Everyone listened to the story of Mrs. L carefully, which got to the point. She concluded “Now, not only we but also leaders have to think in accordance with Gosho, “What is the true goal?” “What is Kosen-rufe (the propagation of the Mythic Law)” The world is facing a major turning point. Now is the time that we appeal to as many people as possible what is true peace. Anyway, what we can do is to realize each mission of Bodhisattva and fulfill it in accidence with Gosho. I have to study. And other members also have to learn what Ikeda sensei pursues in accordance with Gosho, which is important.”

Hearing the strong determination of the female member for the good future and the world peace, the eyes of everyone was sparkling, and they gave her a great ovation. I could not help feeling that the future of the Soka Gakkai, the world peace, and the happiness of the human being depend on the determination and action of each member.

Lastly, one member said “Let’s make shout of victory as we did in the meeting in Okayama!” Then, everyone got to their feet with beaming smile. Takigawa clenched his fist, and cried out “Everyone, let’s our heart unite! Let’s get the Soka Gakkai back to the one of Ikeda sensei!” “Yeah!” The voices rang out to the clear sky with no clouds. The meeting in Nagoya was closed with great success and victory. The meeting was vigorous and full of energy. After the meeting, everyone started talking as if they did not want to separate with each other. The determination “Get back to the Soka Gakkai of Ikeda sensei” united members and creates driving force to make solidarity and to advance even in difficulty and hardship!

No. 11 No Response for the Application of the Appointment for Dialogue from President Harada

True disciples are the ones who have a conviction that they themselves are Buddhas and that everyone is Buddhas. Also, true disciples are the ones who uphold the principles of “cause and effect of life taught in Buddhism and make the principles their own belief. Therefore, they are not afraid of anything, save people, take responsibility for any difficulty with joy, so their faith shines brilliantly by itself.
(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.

No.10 The Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Which conducted Personnel Shuffles for Discipline

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The first step encompasses a thousand miles. When you go on the next step and the next, you will be getting closer and closer to your dream. You can find important things at your feet, and you should keep going.
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

What do we call happiness? A possible answer is to accumulate days that you can say “I did everything I could today” “I have no regret for today.” “I won over myself today” To say “I did it”, we should live our lives with as much effort as we can make. The accumulation of such days will lead you to the true victory of your lives. It sounds too simple, but this is the royal road of life.”
(the guidance of Ikeda sensei )

The happiness of human being, or everything starts from a small single step, a single step in front.
Courage to step forward, action and pray to step forward, those accumulation is the driving force to make your dream and ideal come true!
One lives the life of a pioneer who creates history.
One lives for friendship as a brilliant youth.
One lives for fostering her child into a brilliant youth as a great mother.
Any lives of the ones requires every single day’s effort to win over theirselves with no regret each day, which will lead them to the true victory of their lives as human being.
Fulfill your mission just the way you are!
To live your life with no regret, make days that you can say to your mentor within your heart “I won today!”
Don’t forget that it is you, who make an effort to step forward every day, and that will establish the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei think is ideal!

On November 2010, it was decided that Noguchi would be transferred to Shikoku region. The day was February 2011. As a result, the four, who had not signed the written pledge, disappeared from the headquarters of the Soka Gakkai, and only Takigawa was left in his homeland, Kanagawa prefecture. Later, Takigawa would become aware of his mission, as knowing that members were treated more and more unfairly. Two years before, one of the top leaders in Kanagawa prefecture, Mr. Fukui listened to the reason why we could not sign the written pledge, and he said to us “You are 100 percent right.” In spite of that, the executives of Soka Gakkai in Kanagawa forced us to sign the written pledge, saying “It is the decision of the headquarters.” They gave the discipline of the suspension to us (including the extension of it later on), and removed our titles and positions. They ad decided and notified the disciplines to us three times on each occasion. Some executives of Soka Gakkai in Kanagawa knew we were not wrong. However, ultimately, they made judgement that the members were wrong from the reason that we did not obey the judgement of the Soka Gakkai headquarters regardless of the process. There was deceptive decision of the executives who thought “The official body of the Soka Gakkai made the judgement, so you had to obey it” This was the one of the root cause of the bureaucracy, which devouring the Soka Gakkai.
“The struggle of mine is to talk about the fact of the members! Who will talk about it except me!”Takigawa saw and heard that the members were labeled and treated unfairly after their titles and positions had been removed in 2009.
One member, Mr. Hyogo heard that “Because Mr. Hyogo do not follow the decisions of the Soka Gakkai, the leaders and the members must not encourage, foster, even talk to him.” Such an instruction was given to the members in his district. As time goes by, people tend to forget problems, considering them as the things happened in the past unconsciously.
People who nobody does not contact with, and who do not attend meetings will be forgotten gradually. Then, the memory of the scapegoated members will be faded away from the organization.

“If the misunderstanding remains as it is, “the truth” will be shrouded in darkness. Leaving misunderstanding in the air means the death of “justice.””
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Takigawa thought he should consult with vice president Kochi, a top leader, about the members who were treated unfairly even after they had been punished. It seemed that the reason was they had not signed the written pledge. (When the members were notified of suspension and its extension, and the removal of their titles and positions, on each occasion the disciplinary committee said the same thing to the members that, in the Soka Gakkai, the weight of the title of president is almost equal to that of a top regional leader.) Takigawa thought “There was no path but to move forward, doing what I can do.”

On the morning of November 30 2010, Takigawa made a phone call to vice-president Kochi and asked on the phone “Could you possibly make time to talk? I have something that I would like to consult with you, cir. Then, he answered “Alright”, and he accepted Takigawa’s offer willingly. He arranged schedule to have a conversation at the Kanagawa cultural center on December 17 at 2 p.m. Then, on the morning when Takigawa would have conversation with vice-president Kochi, Takigawa received a phone call from him. He said “About today’s conversation, if you would like to talk about the disciplinary committee, we have to ask you to leave as soon as we know the intention of yours.” No sooner he told it than he hanged up the phone, so Takigawa could not answer at all. Takigawa was very shocked, holding the receiver tightly. Takigawa could not have a chance tell him what Takigawa wanted to consult about in details. Takigawa could not understand why they were so cautious about the inquiry of the disciplinary committee before having a conversation. Takigawa was disappointed to know that vice-president Kochi was so cautious about me before talking. After a while, Takigawa went to the office on the second floor in the Kanagawa cultural center, and headed for the desk of vice-president Kochi. He took him to a table in the center of the office. Takigawa explained the members’ situation; “In their district, nobody has not informed them of the schedule of meetings, and some members were told by leaders that “Don’t talk to the members.” , Hearing that, vice-president Kochi said “Absolutely! Members were just scared and could not tell them about the schedule of meetings because they were the people whose titles and positions head been removed. That is natural!” Takigawa could not believe his own ears and shivered with angry. The reason why Tagkigawa got angry was when the disciplinary committee notified about the removal of titles and position, vice-president Kochi said to the members as following; “as a single member, work hard on the activities in your district.” What the vice-president said in the conversation was totally opposite to the words which he had said before. Takigawa thought although his position was vice-president, he had no mercy and was so irresponsible. So, Takigawa asked “Have you ever listened to the members’ side of the story from them? No, you have not. Vice-president Kochi, it was you who decided to remove their titles and positions.”He answered “No, it is not me who did. The headquarters did.” Takigawa said to himself “The person who notified about the removal is avoiding his responsibility. I have been fighting against such thoughts and the structure of the organization.” Takigawa looked at his eyes and told “When you notified, as far as I can remember, you started with the following words “I had the same power as the president”, and then you said “We will remove your titles and positions.” Vice-president Kochi told to Takigawa “It was not me who had made a judgement. It was the members of personnel committee who had done, and the headquarters accepted the judgement. I did in accordance with the rules of the headquarters.” Takigawa mustered his courage and asked “You had never listened to our side of the story, but why did you made the judgement? What would Ikeda sensei say if he knew that you had made a decision without listening as the one in charge of the task?”Vice-present Kochi answered instantly “He would say I am right.” Takigawa was puzzled by his words lacking feeling and emotion. However, Takigawa welled his courage and started talking “I do not think so. There are members who were made scapegoats because of the corruption of the staff. As long as the problem was not solved, I think that the act of removing the positions and titles were wrong.” Then, the face of vice-president Kochi changed. He raised his voice and said “Get out of here! This is an administrative order. Go back to your job!” Then, the conversation ended. In a local district, there were members who were treated unfairly because of the punishment of the suspension without listening to their side of story. They were angry but accepted the punishment. However, even after that, they had still been being unfairly treated. The attitude of vice-president was totally irresponsible and with no mercy, and that was something that should not be. Takigawa’s eyes were filled with tears with the anger at vice-president Kochi, who ended conversation in excitement, and Takigawa was also filled with anger at himself, who were not capable enough to save the members.

“Persons who were irresponsible were worse than enemies.” “If the number of irresponsible bystanders and arrogant bureaucrats increases, the Soka Gakkai will be destroyed from within.”
(the guidance of Ikeda sensei)

When leaders were questioned the responsibility, they said “It was the headquarters, which made the decision” “It was the committee, who made the decision” As a result, where responsibility for the leaders reside were obscured. They did not feel pang of conscience as they said so. What they said implied that they were just following the decision of the organization, so they were right. Such organizational structure was deeply rooted in the Soka Gakkai. “I want to transform the Soka Gakkai. I have to. If not I could as soon as possible, more members will become scapegoats .” Takigawa became keenly aware that he could not solve the problem of the Soka Gakkai until he has dialogue with President Harada.

The Reply about the Appointment of Dialogue with President Harada.
Also, we had waited for the reply about the appointment of dialogue with President Harada, which we had made on November 16 2010. We had done as President Harada said. Although three weeks had passed, there was no response. Then, on the afternoon of December 6, Kodaira made a phone call to Director Tokushima, and was going to confirm the date of the appointment with President Harada. Tokushima said “I tried to fit in his schedule, but his schedule is full around the end of thyear, so it is difficult to have dialogue with him. We would like you to make appointment again.” Kodaira explained that President Harada had told him that he should go to the Staff Room, and make an appointment. Kodaira asked Director Tokushima desperately to have a dialogue with President Harada before the New Year’s Day. Nevertheless, Director Tokushima said “As you asked, I tried to fit in his schedule, but I could not.” Then, he suggested “If there is an urgent problem to deal with, what about writing a letter to President Harada directly? Kodaira asked “Should I mail to his address?” “Could you possibly hand the letter to President Harada directly?” Director Tokushima answered “No problem. When you write to me, I will hand it to President Harada directly.” His schedule was full. It could not be helped.” Takigawa suppressed his strong desire to talk with President Harada as soon as possible. Takigawa thought there is time to face many challenges and to stay patient, but it could be the representation of courage. “I want to realize the dialogue with President Harada. I will ask for dialogue after the New Year’s Day.” Takigawa made a strong determination. Takigawa thought to himself “I cannot stop. If it seems as if I stop, there is no way but to do what I should do now in front.”

The Response of the Top Leader of Kyushu, Vice-President of the Soka Gakkai, Ehime
On December 2010, eight months had passed since Kodaira moved to Kyushu. Kodaira had to come to Kyushu because vice-president Aomori told Kodaira that the transfer of Kodaira to Kyushu was based on the personnel exchange project with local regions which had been carefully researched and discussed. The aim of the project was to improve personal business skills. However, Kodaira was told by a chapter leader that “I heard about you in details.” “Above all, you have to work hard on your work and to improve your life. It will take time, but be a person who is trustworthy.” The way he treated Kodaira was actually nothing but suspension. Kodaira cannot help feeling that the way the people in Kyushu behaved to Kodaira was totally different from what the leaders in the headquarters had said. In order to gain trust, Kodaira exerted himself for his job, but Kodaira was concerned about the fact that Kodaira could not participate in the Soka Gakkai activities. So. Kodaira was anxious about what and how the leaders in the headquarters talking about Kodaira. Kodaira thought the top leader of the Kyushu, a vice-administrator of the Soka Gakkai, Mr. Ehime might be unknown about the series of the problems which Kodaira had experienced. Then, Kodaira thought, if he was mistaken about Kodaira, Kodaira had to solve his misunderstanding.

On December 9 2010, Kodaira asked for dialogue with Mr. Ehime, and on December 15 Kodaira received an answer from him “I can have dialogue with you on December 15 at 10 am. On December 15 before 10 am, Kodaira got to the meeting room on the second floor in Kyushu cultural center. Kodaira waited for Mr. Ehime to arrive at the room. After a while, Mr. Ehime appeared with a leader in Kyushu. Kodaira bowed and said “I did not have a chance to greet, so I thought I would like to do. Thank you for making time for me.” Kodaira greeted politely. Then Kodaira asked candidly “I have been wondering what and how you heard about me (from the headquarters).”Mr. Ehime said “Frankly speaking, I heard about you and the process of the problems involving you. I heard that you were on the subject of the Disciplinary Committee, and I also heard about the several years that you had been the chapter leader of the Student Division in your district.” Mr. Ehime continued “Besides, I thought you are one of youths who has a future, so I said I would accept you here and would see you with no bias only if you would work as the staff of the Soka Gakkai in Kyushu and only if you would have an will to restart here.” Kodaira could not believe his words. What he said was totally different from the words of vice-President Aomori on the occasions of the notification and of the announcement of the personnel shift in the headquarters. In the headquarters, vice-president Aomori explained “This is the transfer for the personnel exchange and business exchange based on the strategic personnel project. After that, Kodaira was told that the personnel shift was in no relation to the series of the problems which Kodaira was related to. However, hearing and judging from Mr. Ehime, it seemed that there were reasons that Kodaira had to restart in Kyushu, and according to Mr. Ehime, it was Kodaira who hoped to restart. So the Soka Gakkai in Kyushu accepted Kodaira being transferred there. Actually, Kodaira was treated as if he were an exile. Vice-president Aomori had mentioned before that the transfer was a part of exchange project with local regions to improve personal business skills.” However, it was just a superficial reason added afterwards. In fact, the personnel shift was conducted for discipline. Mr. Ehime continued “Rather, I want to hear from you about the process.” I have never heard from you.” Kodaira explained desperately about it. Nevertheless, Kodaira could not make himself understood. Kodaira could not help feeling that Mr. Ehime upheld preconceived ideas about Kodaira. After that, Mr. Ehime said he had a visitor, so he had to end the dialogue. He added if Kodaira wrote down his feelings on letters, he would take a look at them. Kodaira said “I see. I will write letters. Could you possibly make time to have dialogue with me, again?” Mr. Ehime answered “I could. Let’s have dialogue again. You do not need to rush.”

Kodaira went back home, and recalled the dialogue with Mr. Ehime. Kodaira found the Soka Gakkai organizational structure where the local regions (leaders) accepts everything on faith about the ideas and opinions of the headquarters (top leaders.) That is why open discussion is important. There is no way but to have a heart to heart dialogue to pave the way.
“Courage!” “Talk everything with courage!” Kodaira started working on writing to Mr. Ehime. “I have to let Mr Ehime know about the truth!” Kodaira went through the paper and the letters which the three had submitted before, and exerted himself to write every single night. Kodaira wrote down the process of the problem and his true feelings on the letters: “I have no regret about the removal of my positions and titles. Since the beginning of the problem, the Mythic Low and my mentor have protected me for nine years. So, I have nothing but appreciation. Still, there are members who are innocent but have been treated as rebels, and are made scapegoats. Ikeda sensei said “To safeguard your mentor is, to put it clearly, to safeguard members.”Suffering innocent members is something that should not be happened no matter what. No matter how bigger the Soka Gakkai become, as long as we safeguard one single member, we can safeguard the Soka Gakkai. I think devoting to members is the mission of Soka Gakkai staff.” At night of January 11 2011, Kodaira visited the office room on the second floor in Kyushu cultural center and handed the letters to Mr. Ehime. Mr. Ehime received and looked through them. After a while, Mr. Ehime looked away, and took out two pieces of paper from his desk, saying “I do not want to hear anything but an objective story.”

The paper said “The inquiry was conducted fairly and properly, but there were people who did not accept the judgment and did not sign the written pledge. Afterwards, we gave guidance to them, but they did not accept it, so they were imposed suspension. So, we gave warnings to them twice, but they still did not accept. Therefore, they were disciplined, and their positions and titles were removed.”

According to the paper, the information was communicated just when Kodaira was transferred to Kyushu cultural center. Kodaira was discouraged and upset about the paper. Kodaira thought “If they had done the inquiry fairly and properly, the members would have signed the written pledge, and the problem would have been solved peacefully. However, the members refused to sign and chose to be punished. For what did they make a compelling decision! For what did they face the punishment with tears in their eyes!” Although Kodaira was upset, after looking through the paper and returning it to Mr. Ehime, Kodaira said, bowing “Please have dialogue again with me, after I submit letters on another occasion.” Then, Kodaira left the place.
The two pieces of paper which was written on assumption that the judgement of the headquarters was right. Kodaira said to himself “I have to let Mr. Ehime know the truth no matter what. I have to write letters again, let him read them, and have dialogue with him! About who are right and who are Ikeda sensei’s disciples, I want to write. The Soka Gakkai exists for its members!” Kodaira had waited for the response from Mr. Ehime.

The Transfer of Noguchi to Shikoku
On December 15 2010, Noguchi heard from Kodaira about the dialogue between Kodaira and Mr. Ehime. Noguchi thought it was certain that Noguchi’s transfer to Shikoku was conducted with the aim to give discipline to Noguchi. Noguchi thought “The headquarters would not get me back until I obeyed its decision. However, I will not escape from the problems which I encountered. I cannot betray the members who have been treated unfairly even if I may lose my life.” Noguchi could not help feeling that if he had not raised his voice bigger, the problems which Noguchi had experienced would have be forgotten as time went by without their voice reaching Ikeda sensei. Noguchi thought the only way to contact with Ikeda sensei was Mr. Yamanashi. Although Noguchi wrote the second letters to her on December 12 2010, there was no response from her. Noguchi prayed and waited for her reply. One week passed, and two weeks. Still, Noguchi did not receive reply from her. In the letters, Noguchi wrote about the issue of Soka Gakkai staff, about corruption of the the headquarters, which covering up the problem of the staff, and about the top leaders in the headquarters who had not listened to the members’ side of the story. Noguchi felt that she pondered over how she should react to them. On the end of December 2010, Noguchi consulted with Kodaira, Takigawa, and Ibaraki. Noguchi shared his idea “As we can see from the dialogue between Kodaira and Mr. Ehime, It is clear that our transfer to local regions is done with the aim to give discipline to us. If so, in order to pave the way to report to Ikeda sensei as soon as possible, we should tell the plotted transfer to Mr. Yamanashi. Noguchi’s comrades agreed with it. After praying desperately, Noguchi started writing the third letters.

“Living a life is struggle. People who never give up, never stop, and keep running no matter what happens will gain victory. People with undaunted tenacity will gain victory. In the third letters, Noguchi wrote as following. “There are members who suffer. The members who pointed out the attitude of Soka Gakkai staff are not wrong. I think the Soka Gakkai exists for its members. I wonder why they have tried to make the problem ended without listening to the members’ side of the story though the members still have suffered. Could you possibly give me reply to our letters, cir? If impossible, I would like to know the answer. I think our mentor watches how each disciple acts, patiently. Ms. Yamanashi, we are grateful if you understand our feelings. I appreciate it.”

On January 19 2011, Noguchi posted the letters addressed to Ms. Yamanashi. Along with writing letters to Ms. Yamanashi, we wanted to make an appointment of dialogue with President Harada. The first time, we could not realize it in the end of the year because of his tight schedule.
Noguchi started filing the form of appointment. Noguchi thought until February 1 when Noguchi left for Shikoku, Noguchi would hand the form of appointment to Mr. Tokushima. “The headquarters, where we hardly see dialogue currently, fall into the rigid organization, easily. I want to safeguard the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei established, have dialogue with President Harada, and solve his misunderstanding. I want to tell the innocence of the members who have been treated unfairly.

Noguchi started writing a letter with honest feelings as follows : “All we have asked for is just to listen to our side of the story. I would like you to listen only once. I think it cannot be helped if you judge us as “I cannot listen to the persons who just says his opinions.”after talking. However, it is not understandable for me to be judged as “I cannot have dialogue” without talking.” “Praying earnestly and reflecting on what I did, I found things which I felt angry at myself, but I do not think it is wrong to ask for dialogue about the problem which I have experienced. I do not think it is wrong to ask for dialogue in order to let you listen to our side of the story about the members whose positions and titles were removed in the community of Soka Gakkai, whose purpose is the happiness of its members, originally.” In the end of the letters, Noguchi wrote: “President Harada, could you possibly listen to the story with no bias, cir? Could you possibly tell me what should I reflect on, cir? I think Ikeda sensei is watching how each disciple acts, patiently.”

January 28 2011 was the last day for Noguchi to go to the headquarters for work. With the letters Noguchi headed for the staff room in the building detached from the headquarters. Mr. Tokushima appeared soon in the reception room on the first floor. Sitting in chairs, Noguchi said “This is the last day for me to come to the headquarters for work.” “I will be transferred to Shikoku, so I came here to ask your favor, cir.” I would like you to hand this to President Harada.” Then, Noguchi submitted the letters. Mr. Tokushima said “I see. I will hand this letter to President Harada.” Mr. Tokushima promised. “Thank you, cir. I will fight for the Soka Gakkai after I am moved to Shikoku!” After that, Noguchi saw Mr. Tokushima off at the elevator.
Backing to his job, Noguchi finished his task and packed his staff in cardboards. Then, Noguchi went around to say farewell to his colleagues and his bosses. One of his female colleagues said “You have just got married. Why on earth are you transferred?” Also, his old colleague said “Why did Vice-president Aomori do such a thing? It is totally unacceptable!” Everyone knew in their hearts. However, they could not raise their voice. Noguchi thought “I should just continue what I believe is right.” “I am alright as long as my mentor is pleased, as long as he understands me.” On the last day to come to work to the headquarters, looking at the headquarters from his office, where Ikeda sensei stayed, Noguchi reflected on many things. “Win for justice!” They were words which Ikeda sensei gave to Noguchi, and came up in his mind then.” When Noguchi thought of the heart of Ikeda sensei which had encouraged and supported Noguchi in difficult and tough situations, tears well up in his eyes. With deep appreciation to Ikeda sensei, tears did not stop. Noguchi said to himself with determination “I will carry through what I believe is right!” Then, Noguchi left Shinano-machi.

At night of January 30 2011, Noguchi headed for Haneda Airport. Noguchi’s comrades appeared to see him off. There were tears in the eyes of Noguchi’s comrades with anger.
Appreciating it that they saw the problem as if it is theirs, the tears filled Noguchi’s eyes. Noguchi told them “I will not be defeated, definitely! I will come back here with victory, after reporting to Ikeda sensei about what the current headquarters is like!” Then, Noguchi headed for the boarding gate. They had waved their hands. There were members who cried. “Thank you very much! I just appreciate it!” Noguchi was overwhelmed with appreciation. Noguchi was determined and thought to himself “Thanks to my comrades, I can live my life now. I will move forward to safeguard the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei established and to prove the innocence of the members!” Noguchi received the words “Win for justice” from Ikeda sensei when Noguchi was in the Student Division, and had suffered from the unfair personnel shift by the Soka Gakkai staff. Making the message of Ikeda sensei his determination, the Noguchi left his homeland, Kanagawa prefecture, for Shikoku.

No.9 The Instruction of President Harada “Make an appointment in the staff room

“You may think it is easy to live your lives and practice Buddhism in a vacuum form(with no difficulties and obstacles),but in that case, you will not be able to sour up into the sky. Actually, when an airplane is flying forward and forward in the sky, the air around the plane will help it to keep flying. Moving forward and forward—Kosen—rufu (the propagation of the mythic law) also will convert difficulties into the power to sour up as long as Kosen-rufu continues to develop vigorously.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

“You may face oppression. Then, you will struggle to break the wall. It is when your energy will be expanded. Also, it is the time that you will grow up as a person, and make an advance. In that sense, oppression itself will offer you a potential for your growth. The growth which is achieved because of oppression- that’s the law of life.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

The life without difficulties and hardship can be called the happiest?
The life without troubles and difficulties can be called the true victory of your life?

No. Rather, the headwind confronting you will help you grow and improve .
yourself, and when you break the wall of oppression, you will grow as humans.
If you strive for your self-growth and a rich state of your life, obstructions will never fail to confront you.
However, that is the proof that you go along with Ikeda sensei, and the proof that you go on “the path of the life.”
Then, the obstructions is the proof of your rightness, and the proof of your justice!
My fellow members!
Move forward courageously!
Go ahead without hesitation!
Break through with delight!
The obstruction is not the one which hinder you.
The evil of obstructions is not the one which hinder you.
That is the just door to the future of delight for high leap.

On the Sunday of September 26 2010, Kodaira, who came back from Kyushu, headed for the headquarters with Ibaraki, who also came back from Hiroshima. They went to the desk of President Harada on the second floor of an office, holding letters to make an appointment to talk. There, a few staff worked, and they found President Harada at his desk. Kodaira and Ibaraki walked toward his desk, and talked to President Harada, mustering up their courage.

“Excuse me. Good morning, cir. I came from Kyushu.” President Harada seemed to be surprised at the moment, and asked “Your job? Did you take a holiday?” Kodaira answered “It is Sunday today, so I am off, cir. I’m sorry, but could you possibly make time to talk to me, cir?” Kodaira asked candidly. Then, President Harada said without stop.
“Did you make an appointment? Coming without an appointment means you do not have social common sense.” “You came from Kyushu all the way, but I can’t talk to you. Make an appointment at the staff room. That’s it.” Several months before, Noguchi and Takigawa had visited President Harada. At that time, he had not even received letters but just had shouted at them. Considering that fact, Kodaira thought they made an advance this time because President Harada instructed clearly, saying “Make an appointment at the staff room.” Then, Kodaira answered to President Harada, while bowing “I see. I will make an appointment at the staff room, cir.” Kodaira walked toward the exit, and then vice-president Aomori, who sat two desks-next to President Harada, stood up. He came toward Kodaira and Ibaraki, and told them, pointing at the exit door of the office room “I am in charge of this room.” “Get out of here! Get out of here!” Kodaira said “Mr. Aomori, please calm down, cir. Please don’t be excited, cir.” However, vice-president Aomori did, and kept on pointing at the exit and told “I don’t get excited at all! Get out of here! Get out of here! Get out of here!” He said repeatedly. Vice-president had treated Kodaira oppressively, and said to Kodaira, glaring at him “Behave yourself!” Kodaira and Ibaraki went out of the room quickly since they had done what they had to do. Outside of the room, Mr. Yamaguchi, a secretary of President Harada, walked after them. Mr. Yamaguchi was the older brother of Kodaira’s high school classmate, so they knew each other. Mr. Yamaguchi seemed to be surprised and asked what was going on, saying “I have never seen vice-president Aomori being so angry. What happened?” Kodaira started to explain briefly how it brought about. Then, Kodaira asked to Mr. Yamaguchi “How could I make an appointment with President Harada?” Mr. Yamaguchi told Kodaira in a polite way “That's the job of Mr. Tokushima. So please contact with him directly, It is usual to hand in paper to explain the reason why you need to meet president Harada. Then, please submit in paper. Kodaira saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and he felt that he would get a chance to talk to President Harada and let him hear their story. He just wanted to make appointment with president Harada and let him hear his story to clear up his misunderstanding and prove the innocence of the members. After that, Kodaira, Noguchi, Takigawa, and Ibaraki had a discussion about the application form to meet President Harada with the purpose to gain a chance to talk with president Harada.

Just at the same time, the members, whose titles and positions were removed because they had not submitted the written pledge, were treated more and more unfairly. In the mid of September 2010, Hyogo received an envelop at his house. The sender was a previous senior member of Kodaira’s in the youth male division. He was transferred recently to the old men’s group. In the envelop, there were an application form for funding, a stamped addressed envelop, and a memo noting “If you would like to offer monetary support, please send back the stamped addressed envelop with the filled application form by 11th” Usually, Hyogo did the monetary support in person, because a chapter leader’s house is within 5 minutes by bicycle from Hyogo’s house. Also, Hyogo knew his phone number as well. Nevertheless, the paper said “by post mail.” We could see their prejudice against Hyogo from this, clearly. In another case, one member, Mr. Kimoto was notified of the penalty and then his titles and positions were removed. A top leader in Kanagawa told him “Participate in Soka Gakkai activity more neatly as a single member from this time on.” However, in his local district, Mr. Kimoto was told “We would not like you to come to our meetings where each member share their ideas.” “We would not like you to come Zadankai.”
“As a disciple of Ikeda sensei, I cannot just sit without doing anything, knowing the members’ situations. I would like President Harada to make time to have a dialogue with us, and let him know the fact that there are members who were treated unfairly and wrongfully.”
Kodaira wrote down on the application form about the dialogue appointment with President Harada as following: “We are Soka Gakkai staff, so we are alright whatever happens to us. However, the innocent members (Mr. Kimoto, Simane, Kyoto, and Hyogo) have been treated unfairly: all the titles which they had had were removed, and they are labeled as “rebels”, and even the local organizations where they belong stopped having a contact with them. Then, we added in the letter “We do not think we are totally right, cir. If we have aspects to be corrected, we just hope you would let us know what are they. In that case, we will change ourselves whatever it takes. We appreciate your consideration.” All we wanted was that President Harada listened to our story once.

To Write a Letter to Mrs. Yamanashi for the First Time

September came in 2010, while filing the application form, Kodaira, who came back to Kyushu, were concerned that Mrs. Yamanashi, who was close to Ikeda sensei, had not responded to his offer. A half year had passed since he made a promise with Mr. Saitama. Kodaira thought to himself “I have written letters to Ms. Saitama several times in order to get her reply. However, there is no response from her. I have believed her, but there might be few chance to receive a reply. Then, it occurred to Kodaira that he should write to Mrs. Yamanashi directly. However, he went back to the thought “Writing a letter to Mrs. Yamanashi could mean I do not believe Ms. Saitama. Such an act would betray Mr. Saitama, who said, “I will reply to you without fail.” Kodaira pondered over and over. However,in reality, little time left to Kodaira. In his hometown, the innocent members had still been being treated unfairly. He felt that if this situation was going on, more and more people would label them as “rebels”, and that will be something that could never be undone.”

“Do not turn a blind eye on an evil deed which suffer our fellow members, even a trivial thing. If we leave it hanging in air, the poison which was caused by the evil will circulate the whole organization, and eradicate the sacred world of the unity”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

“If we missed the appropriate time, things will not turn out to be well never again. The painstaking efforts and struggle will straight down the drain.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Kodaira consulted to Noguchi in the headquarters, Takigawa in Kanagawa prefecture, and Ibaraki in Hiroshima prefecture about whether or not he should write to Mrs. Yamanashi. Then, his comrades said “Our mentor told us sternly we had to report to him if we found evil or corrupt staff. If we give up now despite that we saw the corruption of Soka Gakkai staff, we will turn out to be the disciples who have betrayed our mentor for self-protection. We cannot be like that, whatsoever.” “I think we have to take an action, not just waiting for her reply.” “I think it is right for us to write to Mrs. Yamanashi in order to resolve the mistreatment against the innocent members.” Then, we decided to write a letter to Mrs. Yamanashi under joint signature. We started describing chronologically in the letter the series of events we had experienced, such as “the injustice of the senior Soka Gakkai staff”, “the structure of the headquarters where the corruption of staff was covered up, and where sincere members are made scapegoats.” Also, we emphasized the root cause of covering up the corruption, which is the unjustness of Soka Gakkai staff. Actually, corruption or scandals occurred in Soka Gakkai, such as womanizing by Mr. Mie, the top youth male division and embezzlement by Seikyo Newspaper staff. The reason which we thought of was the organizational structure, where the leaders makes an excuse and deceives Ikeda sensei, saying “Do not worry Ikeda sensei.” In fact, they were just trying not to let Ikeda sensei know about the negative and inconvenient information. In the end of the letter, we wrote as following, “Mrs. Yamanashi, We do not think we are totally right, but we felt that what we have experienced for eight years must not be repeated again in Soka Gakkai. Ikeda sensei entrusted Soka Gakkai to his disciples, saying “There is no way but to entrust Soka Gakkai to you.” Additionally, we wrote to Mrs. Yamanashi as following.“Could you possibly meet and listen to our story once in person?” “We appreciate your consideration.” In September 19 2010, on behalf of the four, Ibaraki made a fair copy of the letter and posted it at the Hiroshima post office. “Time is definite. We cannot give up and cannot be beaten!”

The Unofficial Announcement of Noguchi’s Transfer to Shikoku, Kagawa Prefecture

On November 12 2010, Kodaira completed the application form for the appointment to talk with President Harada. One month and a half had passed since President Harada told Kodaira “Make an appointment to talk to me in the staff room(Yakuin-shitsu).”
Kodaira made a phone call to Mr. Yamaguchi, and said that Noguchi, who worked in the headquarters, would hand in the letter. Yamaguchi accepted our offer willingly, saying “I see. It is better (that)Noguchi will bring it to us in person.” “I will tell the director of the staff room, Mr. Tokushima about it, so Noguchi can hand the letter to anybody in the staff room. On November 16, before the start of working time, Noguchi went to the staff room and handed the application form to Mr. Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi received it politely. Finally, they received the application form for making an appointment to talk to President Harada. Until then, they had rejected to receive our letters for the last half year, but it finally bore fruits. Getting outside of the staff room, Noguchi went back to his job, praying that he would gain chance to talk to president Harada even for short time.
On November 22 2010, six days after the submission of the application form, Noguchi’s boss asked Noguchi on the phone to come to his place at 12 p.m. When Noguchi arrived at the office, its president told Noguchi “Go to the staff room at 12:30 p.m. You will get a notification of transfer to another area.” Noguchi felt as if times had stopped. The faces of Noguchi’s comrades, such as Kodaira, Takigawa, and Ibaraki rose in his mind. Noguchi went to the staff room as he was told. When getting to the room, Noguchi was guided to a meeting room, and Noguchi’s transfer was announced unofficially in the meeting room. Vice-president Aomori told “Noguchi, it is decided that we will transfer you to Shikoku-Ikeda cultural center on January 1 2011.”
“Lastly, they ordered me to be transferred.” Noguchi thought. It was the transfer from Shinano-machi in Tokyo to Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku, where Noguchi had no connection. Noguchi had imagined over and over the time when he would be transferred to another area. Needless to say, he was determined wherever he would go, he would fight for Ikeda sensei and Soka, which he loves. However, when the time came, actually it was really painful to tell his wife about the transfer because they just filed their marriage paper four days ago. His wife became a Soka Gakkai member a half year before. They had their marriage registered on November 18, four days before the notification of the transfer. Plus, they had the wedding ceremony coming up on December 25. It meant that for his wife, just only one week after their marriage, her husband had to move to Shikoku.
On that day, He told his wife about the notification of the transfer to Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku. Her eyes were red in tears. He told his true feelings. His wife was listening to him, while suppressing her worry desperately. “I cannot sign the written pledge, by which the disciplinary committee made scapegoats the members who voiced against the corruption of Soka Gakkai staff. Even if tougher difficulties may confront me in Shikoku, I will not give up, definitely. I will report everything to Ikeda sensei, and prove the truth and the justice of the courageous members. I will fulfill my mission in Shikoku, and come back to my local district here. So, I’m thinking I will go to Shikoku by myself. I would like you ask my favor on this.”

His wife nodded in silent. “I am convinced that you and our comrades, who taught me the greatness of Soka Gakkai, are not wrong, definitely. My mentor taught me what is a truly happy life. I will fight with you for what I believe is right as Ikeda sensei teaches me.” Her warm and strong heart made him in tears. His wife said “When you do a right thing, the headwind will confront you, naturally. That’s the faith you taught me. Don't worry.” His wife told him her determination in smile.
Six month after becoming a member of Soka Gakkai, His wife struggled to live as Ikeda sensei taught. He was just appreciating her heart. Even in Shikoku, where he was unfamiliar with, he made a resolve again, that he would fight for Ikeda sensei at the cost of his life.

“The person, who live one’s life for Kosenrufu (the propagation of the Mythic Law)has the flame of delight in their hearts. No matter how strong wind may blow against the flame, it can not be put down. Rather, the more strongly wind blow, the more strongly the flame will burn. “
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

On the afternoon of November 24 2010, the personnel shuffle was announced in the general staff meeting. “Yusuke Noguchi is appointed as a sub-leader of the Shikoku office service bureau. It will be on effect on January 1 2011.” After the meeting, many of his colleagues talked to him, saying “Does your wife’s parents live in Shikoku?” “It’s too early to leave your current post. Just one and a month has passed.” “Now, we have the busiest time for the construction work around the headquarters. Why do you have to be transferred?” From the viewpoint of his colleagues, it seemed unnatural and fishy. (A few days later, he applied for the extension of the date of transfer with the reason that the dates of his wedding ceremony and the move to Shikoku were overlapped. Then his application was accepted.) Only about two months left when he could work in the headquarters. He often worked at the construction site. Then, he thought the chance to meet Ikeda sensei might come unexpectedly. So, the letters addressed to Ikeda sensei was always in the pocket on his shirt, and he was praying that he would meet Ikeda sensei and handed the letters to Ikeda sensei. “I will never ever give up! I can work in the headquarters right now. I will do everything I can do for Ikeda sensei and Soka Gakkai.”

To Write Letters to Mrs. Yamanashi Again

Even when walking and chanting within his heart on trains, he was imagining the time that he met with Ikeda sensei. He was determined to hand letters to Ikeda sensei within two months. Noguchi thought to himself “To make it happen, I have to do everything I could think of.” “What can I do to receive a reply from Mrs. Yamanashi?” On November 2009, Takigawa had been transferred to Kanagawa, a half year later Kodaira to Kyushu, then Ibaraki had been transferred to Hiroshima, and it was decided that Noguchi had been transferred to Shikoku. Just for a year, we, the four, who had not signed the written pledge, were sent to the countries. The reality was totally unnatural and strange however hard they thought in any ways. We could not help feeling that the intentions of the top leaders were to transfer us to the local cultural centers in the countries, where were far from the headquarters, and were to cover up the series of the issues.
December came. Almost one month and a half had already passed since we wrote letters to Mrs. Yamanashi for the first time. We had chanted earnestly and waited, but still, there was no response from her . We knew that she was very busy, but time was limited. “I want to talk with her by the time I leave the headquarters.”Then, Noguchi thought. He wrote to her once again.
“I know I have been bothering you though you are very busy at working for Ikeda sensei every day. You might tell me off, saying“If you have problems about the organization, consult to the executives or the president” However, I just would like to protect Soka. I just would like to live my life as Ikeda sensei taught us. I think we have to make an organization which protects every single member.” “Even though we have asked for dialogue sincerely, the top leaders scold us not allowing us to explain, refused to have a dialogue, and even transferred us to the countries siting the reason that we did not obey their orders. We thought because such a thing happened in Soka Gakkai in reality, we have to have a sincere dialogue with leaders who have that kind of mindset. I thought doing so is to carry through the teaching of Ikeda sensei.” In the end of the letters, we wrote, “After listening to our story, if you find something wrong, please tell us candidly.”
On December 12 2010, we posted the letter addressed to Mrs. Yamanashi while praying. All we could do was to pray desperately and to wait with strong belief. If we could let Mrs. Yamanashi understand the truth, we could get an opportunity to report to Ikeda sensei. Then, it was the the time that we could let Ikeda sensei know the series of the events and ask him to give us the opportunity to have dialogue with President Harada. We do not think we let Ikeda sensei solve the problems. We think it is required that his disciples have to unite based on his guidance and teaching, and solve the problems.

“You, young people, have to raise your voice against the persons who have done wrong things regardless of their titles and positions.“What are you doing?” “It is against the guidance of Ikeda sensei!” You have to say clearly like this.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei”

“I cannot down “the banner of dialogue” which I held up once, whatever. Having dialogue with President Harada and revealing the truth is the mission given to me, who experienced the series of the problems. I cannot be a disciple who is dependent on Ikeda sensei.” One month and a half were left by the time Noguchi moved to Shikoku. He prayed more and more strongly to realize the dialogue with President Harada.


The Three Former Soka Gakkai Staff

Author:The Three Former Soka Gakkai Staff
Shuichi Kodaira; graduated from Soka high school in March 1995
graduated from Soka University in March 1999
started working for Soka Gakkai in April 1999
dismissed by Soka Gakkai in October 2012
excommunicated from Soka Gakkai in June 2014

Kiyoshi Takigawa; graduated from Soka University in March 2000
started working for Soka Gakkai in April 2000
dismissed by Soka Gakkai in October 2012
excommunicated from Soka Gakkai in June 2014

Yusuke Noguch; graduated from Tokai University in March 2002
started working for Soka Gakkai in April 2002
dismissed by Soka Gakkai in October 2012
excommunicated from Soka Gakkai in June 2014


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