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 Structure of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Which Hid the Corruption with the Excuse “Do not Bother Ikeda Sensei”

“I have carried on practicing what my mentor said with my whole being as it was. “The relationship between the mentor and the disciples was embodied by such an attitude, “to put what my mentor said into practice as it was.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Once you decided to live the life of “the relationship between the mentor and disciples”, put into practice what Ikeda sensei said as it was!

Stand up sternly on your own as Ikeda sensei said even if the hypocrite, who cheat himself with excuses and lies, sneers and ridicules you!

My comrades! However heavy walls confronts us, pave the way for the future of Soka Gakkai by raising your voice “nothing stronger than the relationship between the mentor and disciples” “The relationship between the mentor and the disciples is embodied by the lion.”

The Struggle of Kodaira in Kyushu
On April 1 2010, Kodaira was transferred to the office of Kyushu Cultural Center in Kyushu, where Kodaira had no connection. Kodaira had no friends and relatives there. In the first daily meeting conducted in the morning, Kodaira was given time to introduce himself. Kodaira said “I will give my all to work for Soka Gakkai members.” Then, Kodaira made a resolve not to be beaten no matter what difficulties would confront him. After that, Kodaira met with the top leader of the Kyushu male youth division the first time. Kodaira conveyed his determination to him, saying “I will fight with my whole being in Kyushu.” Then, Kodaira informed him that all his positions in the male youth division were removed. The top leader said “I heard everything about you.” Kodaira did not know what and how the leader was told about Kodaira. However, Kodaira thought Kodaira would like the leader to know the process accurately. Kodaira said “Could you possibly talk and listen to me once, sir?” The leader responded “The important thing is your life and work. It must take time but be the person who are trustworthy.” Kodaira could not make an appointment to have a dialogue with the leader. Additionally, the leaders in a district where Kodaira belonged in Kyushu told Kodaira “I heard from a chapter leader in Kyushu about you.” “Join only zadankai (monthly district meetings) and satellite general meetings.” “Work hard.” What they said implied that Kodaira were not allowed to join the male youth division’s activities. It was nothing different from suspension. Although it was the first time for Kodaira to meet them, Kodaira had not been given any chances to talk and listen to Kodaira. To make matters worse, they prejudged Kodaira.

“Do not judge a thing (a person )without acknowledging it”
(The guidance of Makiguchi sensei)

Kodaira felt that Soka Gakkai Kyushu had the same bad structure as the headquarters had: “judge a thing (a person) without acknowledging it” In his daily work, Kodaira started learning a new job. Kodaira’s task was to purchase equipments in the cultural center, and manage the inventory. Kodaira did not know the names of places and roads in Kyushu, but Kodaira drove around in his car among 20 cultural centers. When working time was over, Kodaira’s colleagues headed for their organizations’ activities. However, Kodaira was not allowed to join. Kodaira felt extremely painful about the fact that Kodaira could not do anything for his organization though he was Soka Gakkai staff (employee). Kodaira, whose positions had been removed, worked over 22:00 every working day, and went back home. Recalling the members and the comrades in his hometown, Kodaira chanted daimoku until the midnights.
Nevertheless, the innocent members just pondered over and over on one thing “what and how Ikeda sensei would do in this situation”, and they could not agree with the manipulated conclusion, which would end up in hiding the corruption of Soka Gakkai staff, and labeling them as rebellions. To make matters worse, the members were treated unfairly, and they were not informed of the schedules of meetings because of this. In spite of the harsh situation, the members chanted daimoku earnestly and had been struggling desperately with the prejudice and misunderstanding with the determination to act as Ikeda sensei said. They did shakubuku (the propagation of the mystic law.) Kodaira said to himself “I want to prove the innocence of the genuine members. If I fail to do it, there will be no meaning for me to be staff of Soka Gakkai any longer. I have to report this matter to Ikeda sensei, and prove the justice of the members as soon as possible.” Just before moving to Kyushu, Kodaira met with Ms. Saitama whose mother was close to Ikeda sensei. Then, Kodaira asked Ms. Saitama that Kodaira would like to let Mrs. Yamanashi listen to the recorded tape of the threatening inquiry, and to consult her about the inquiry, about the conclusion of the Audit Committee hiding the injustice of Senior Soka gakkai staff, and about the top leaders who avoided reporting the problem to Ikeda sensei. Ms. Saitama told Kodaira “Yes, I will. Whatever her response is, I will let you know about the result.” Kodaira had been waiting for her call. However, there was no response from her.
One month had passed. In May 5 2010, Kodaira decided to write to her about his honest feelings:”I think Ikeda sensei has been watching and waiting for a true disciple to raise his/her voice in order to champion every single Soka Gakkai member. I am sure that mustering up courage, raising a voice, and reporting Ikeda sensei about the fact as it is, will definitely please Ikeda sensei.” Kodaira knew that writing a letter and asking Ms. Saitama about the issue not directly related to her was bothering her very much. It was not the problem easy to be solved. Kodaira felt very sorry to ask her to leave message to Mrs. Yamanashi. Soka Gakkai used to be the sacred place established by Ikeda sensei and unknown ordinary members. Nevertheless, Kodaira saw and knew the reality of the current Soka Gakkai, where Soka Gakkai staff made its ordinary members suffer, and shelved the fact, without reporting it to Ikeda sensei. Kodaira was determined again to let Ikeda sensei know about the truth.
Kodaira said to himself “We need painstaking and lifelong efforts to establish, but we could lose it with a blinking eye. If this situation goes on, the Soka Gakkai embodied by the relationships between the mentor and disciples will be destroyed.
If I am able to let Ikeda sensei know about this problem, I will endure any ill-treatment against me.” Kodaira thought to himself “Looking at me seriously, Ms. Saitama said “Whatever her response is, I will let you know about the result.” I do not think she will not tell her mother about it at all. I have no choice but to believe she will give me response.”

Another month had passed. Still, there was no response from her. These days, Ikeda sensei made a following comment and had absence from the general meeting, “You can find true victory when you take actions in unison with the spirits of “not sparing your life. Then, today I will take an absence from the general meeting.” I thought Ikeda sensei took absence from the meeting on purpose and was taking a lead sternly for each disciple to take all the responsibility of the struggle of Kosenrufu and won victory in their lives. Then, he had been waiting for disciples who are be able to stand up by themselves under any circumstances. “Keep struggling for what I believe is right as Ikeda sensei taught us. I will not compromise to the current situation and gave up. I will never give up!” Kodaira said to himself.

Consultation to Vice-President Tottori, who Is Close to Ikeda Sensei
On August 2010, four months had passed since Kodaira was transferred to Kyushu. Still, there was no response from Ms. Saitama, and only time passed by and our hope to report via Mrs. Yamanashi to Ikeda sensei was still unfulfilled. In the headquarters in Tokyo, where Noguchi were solely left, however, no matter how many times he had tried to ask for the dialogue with President Harada, but President Harada kicked out him, and even did not receive letters. In the case of Takigawa, to make matters worse, President Harada just shouted “Go back to your work!” many times, and held him in a full nelson, and booted him out from the office. “Is there anybody who would tell to Ikeda sensei what is going on inside the Soka Gakkai headquarters?” The four, Kodaira, Takigawa, Noguchi, and Ibaraki prayed, pondered, and had inner struggle. Then, discussing with each other, they thought of the Vice-president Tottori, who was trustworthy and worked in the First Secretary Department. Vice-president Tottori was a very busy person who always worked at Ikeda sensei’s side. In spite of the busy schedule, he talked to students and young Soka Gakkai staff, and had meals with them, listening to their story empathetically when finding his spare time. He was regarded as a great senior staff. There were many people who respect him, and it was said that he was one of the most important person for the future of Soka Gakkai, and the staff in Soka Gakkai headquarters also acknowledged his greatness. Noguchi, who used to be engaged in manual labor, were often encouraged by him since Noguchi began to work for Soka Gakkai. One day, when he had a meal with Noguchi, he knew that Noguchi’s mother was under the weather, and made an arrangement to give him an amulet. Noguchi really appreciated, felt close to him, and put trust on him. Noguchi thought vice-president Tottori would see through the root of the problem without bias, and he would understand our concerns about the problem which we had experienced. We wrote letters to vice-president Tottori, saying “We felt that what the disciplinary committee want to protect with the written pledge was not a single Soka Gakkai member but Soka Gakkai staff(employee), who covered up scandals. Signing the written pledge means we would give blind eyes on the corruptions of the staff, and gave an end to our mission as Soka Gakkai staff. We added “We do not think we are right in every way. However, we have tried to think “what Ikeda sensei would do in this situation”, pray earnestly, and take actions.” “Could you possibly listen to our story? We are determined to fight for Soka Gakkai.”
On August 11 2010, before the starting time of work, Noguchi attended the morning Gongyo meeting held on the fifth floor, and talked to vice-president Tottori. “I guess you have heard that my positions in Soka Gakkai were removed. Now, I work and fight as a single member. Still, the members, who raised their voice against the scandals and corruptions of Soka Gakkai senior staff, have been ignored, and it was as if bullying. I can not be a bystander. Could you possibly listen to me? Then, vice-president Tottori looked away and said “Next time. I had to prepare for today's job.” After that, he was about to leave the place. I knew he was very busy, and it was difficult to talk at the place. So, Noguchi hold out the letters to vice-president Tottori, and said “I knew you are very busy. Could you possibly receive this letter , sir? We wrote down our honest feelings why we would like you to listen to our story”. Then, he raised his voice, and told Noguchi, changing his attitude in a sudden “I cannot receive this letter. The way you do is not fair. You are breaking the unity of members!” Noguchi could not imagine that vice-president Tottori, who were kind and gentle, behaved in such a way. Vice-president Tottori had no intention to listen to our story about the problems that the disciplinary committee dealt with. Noguchi could not understand why he criticized and called Noguchi “the person who are breaking the unity of members.” Noguchi’s mind went blank. Noguchi asked to vice-president Tottori desperately “Please tell me why do you think it is not fair. I would like to know what action of mine is breaking the unity of members, so could you possibly listen to my story?” Nevertheless, vice-president Tottori responded as following. “No way! You are breaking the unity of members! You are against Ikeda sensei!” He said repeatedly. “You are against Ikeda sensei.” Ikeda sensei is the core of Noguchi’s faith. So, Noguchi could not put up with the words even by vice-president Tottori. Noguchi said desperately “What do you mean by “you are breaking the unity of members?” “I just would like you listen to my story about the misunderstanding of the disciplinary committee on the inquiry.” vice-president Tottori said “they did not misunderstand! You are breaking the unity of members! I feel really disappointed that you have been doing such things!” Then, he was about to go down the steps. Noguchi thought to himself “I cannot end like this!” Steeping down, Noguchi called out desperately “Vice-president Tottori, please read our letter! Please! Please receive this letter, sir!” However, arriving on the second floor, vice-president Tottori just said “I cannot. That’s it!” Then, he headed to the First Secretary Department office room. It was not the situation where Noguchi can talk to him any more. Grasping the letter tightly, and vowing to vice-president Tottori, Noguchi called out “Mr. Tottori, please next time, sir!” Noguchi thought “I don’t care how much I could be criticized. However, I think they should tell me the reasons why “I am breaking the unity of members.” and “I am against Ikeda sensei.” “I have to accept the criticism and reflect on myself if their criticism is accurate and gets to points.”However, if their criticism is wrong, I would like them to have dialogue and see us in a different light. The problem is I cannot have dialogue with them. In recent Soka Gakkai headquarters, the staff can hardly have open conversation. When I say “I cannot understand. Could you possibly explain?”, we will be told “You don’t follow our instructions” I think such a way of thinking of the staff made the headquarters more rigid organizations.”
On that day, hearing the exchange between Noguchi and vice-president Tottori, Ibaraki and Takigawa felt there is something wrong with vice-president Tottori, who had criticized Noguchi without listening to Noguchi’s story, saying “You are breaking the unity of members.” “You are against Ikeda sensei.” Again, we cannot help feeling that the staff of Soka Gakkai had a tendency to judge without acknowledging (without listening at all) Ibaraki and Takigawa thought they had to talk to vice-president Tottori, who told Noguchi without listening “You are breaking the unity of members.” “The way you do is not fair.” They thought they had to listen to him to confirm the truth.
On August 20 2010, before the starting time of work, Ibaraki and Takigawa grasped letters, and headed to Kousen-Kaikan (a room for chanting)on the fifth floor. After the morning gongyo meeting, they talked to vice-president Tottori, who were about to walk away. However, vice-president Tottori turned his face away, and told them “I won’t listen to your story.” “Go to see President Harada! That is the problem of the top leaders.” Then, he started going down the steps. Ibaraki said “Do you think the problem of the top leaders is yours, too?” Then, vice-president Tottori said “It’s not mine!” “Anyway, there is nothing to deal with me!” After that, he dashed down the steps. Ibaraki told him “Vice-president Tottori, could you possibly receive this lettter, sir?” Vice-president Tottori answered “No, I won’t.” He got more excited, and said in a angry face which had never shown to us, “You are disturbing, and breaking the unity of Soka Gakkai!” To the vice-president Tottori, who had never listened, Ibaraki asked “Why could you say such a thing without listening to our story?” Vice-president Tottori said “I did! I have heard from others!” Ibaraki said “I think you have not listened to our story directly from us at all.” Vice-president Tottori answered “I don’t have to. I won’t!” Ibaraki asked again “Why can you regard us as the persons who are disturbing and breaking the unity of Soka Gakkai? Vice-president Tottori stopped walking when getting on the next floor, and turned around, and after a moment of silence, he pointed at Takigawa in a sudden and said without answering to the question of Ibaraki, “I trusted you, Takigawa! I had high expectation on you since you were in the student division.” He criticized Takigawa. Takigawa would like to solve his misunderstanding. Then, Takigawa said “Vice-president Tottori, please, sir. Please listen to our story once!” Vice-president Tottori responded “I won’t! Get out of here! Stay away from me!” Then, he went into the room of the First Secretary Department. Takigawa could not help feeling that he just do not want to have connection with us, strongly.

Kodaira’s Visit to Vice-President Tottori
Kodaira heard from Noguchi, Takigawa, and Ibaraki that vice-president Tottori had refused to listen to our story, receive our letter, and even slandered us, saying “You are breaking the unity of Soka Gakkai.” “You are against Ikeda sensei.” However, Kodaira found impossible to believe that vice-president Tottori refused to listen to their story. Kodaira thought he had to confirm the fact in person by himself. Kodaira belonged to a Soka Gakkai group, which is called “Ikeda Gakkou(Ikeda School)”, and Kodaira got to know vice-president Tottori. He always encouraged Kodaira when he saw Kodaira, and before Kodaira had gone to study abroad for a short term, he gave money to Kodaira to support, personally as a token of his best wish.
After Kodaira became staff of Soka Gakkai, Kodaira’s father got sick. Then, Kodaira went to the Soka Gakkai headquarters with his mother and sister to tell Ikeda sensei about it. Then, vice-president Tottori treated them nicely and kindly as the staff of the First Secretary Department. Even though he was very busy, he took them to Kosen-Kaikan(a room which opens for members to chant daimoku), and chanted daimoku together and made an arrangement to give them an amulet for their sick father. Kodaira had had such a relationship with vice-president Tottori for over 10 years. So, Kodaira thought he would tell Kodaira what he actually had meant by talking to Noguchi in such a manner.
“If vice-president Tottori thought we had things to reflect on and to change, I hope that he will tell us what they are. If he mistakes us, I want to clear up his misunderstanding whatever it takes. And, above all, I would like him to give us a chance to consult him about the innocent members who has been suffering from the scandals and the corruption of the senior Soka Gakkai staff.

On the Saturday of August 28, 2010, Kodaira came back to Tokyo, and went to “Jyoshu-shitsu”( a open room for chanting) on the basement floor in the Soka Gakkai headquarters in order to make an appointment to talk with vice-president Tottori. After a while, vice-president Tottori showed up in the room. Kodaira chanted daimoku together in a distance in the room with vice-president Tottori, and when he was leaving, Kodaira talked to his back, and bowed to him outside the room.
Kodaira said “It’s been a while, vice-president Tottori, sir. I came back from Kyushu because I have an really important thing to consult you. Could you possibly make time to listen to my story, sir?” However, vice-president Tottori pointed at Kodaira and started to talk as if he had made his mind.
“I won’t talk and listen to your story. I have already heard from many people. You had better obey the conclusion which the headquarters made. I’m just saying you should obey the conclusion!”
At the moment, Kodaira lost his words since he was just saying repeatedly “Obey the conclusion” without listening at all. Kodaira told him desperately “I do not think so. Please listen to me, sir! I can swear to Ikeda sensei that I didn’t do wrong things!” Then, vice-president Tottori said “Yeah. You are the disciple of Ikeda sensei, and you are the staff of Soka Gakkai headquarter, right? Then, follow the guidance of the headquarters! Why have not you obeyed the conclusion? It’s not the act of the disciple of Ikeda sensei! You are the staff of Soka Gakkai headquarters, aren’t you!”
Kodaira thought it is totally opposite. Ikeda sensei told us, it is important that if you are a disciple of Ikeda sensei, we have to raise our voice when the headquarters made a wrong judgement even if we are alone. If the top leaders of the headquarters do not listen to the voice of members at all, use Ikeda sensei to their advantages, and subordinate members, the headquarters will turn out to become corrupt and a rigid organization.
Kodaira asked him desperately “I am doing like this because I am a disciple of Ikeda sensei and staff of Soka Gakkai headquarters. Ikeda sensei tells us that we, Soka Gakkai staff (employees) exist for its members.” Vice-president Tottori responded “That’s wrong! The right thing is to obey the conclusion of the headquarters if you are the disciple of Ikeda sensei!” Kodaira said “I don’t think so. I think Ikeda sensei will tell us that we have to raise our voice even against the headquarters when it have made a wrong judgement.” “Don’t bother and worry Ikeda sensei as his disciple!” said Vice-president Tottori. It’s needless to say!” Why you can’t understand that!” Hearing that, Kodaira felt that it has not been informed to Ikeda sensei that some Soka Gakkai members had been treated unfairly after they pointed out the corruption and injustice of senior Soka Gakkai staff. Kodaira asked to vice-president Tottori, candidly “Don’t Ikeda sensei know about this matter?” Then, vice-president Tottori answered instantly “Of course, not! It is insane of you to report such a thing to Ikeda sensei! I did not think you would become insane like this! You are against Ikeda sensei!” Plus, vice-president Tottori said “You betrayed me! Go to see President Harada! It has nothing to deal with me!” “ I won’t hear you! Go to talk to President as many times as you could!” Then, he started to go up the steps leading to the room for the First Secretary Department. “Here is the place for the First Secretary Department. Keep away from here! Get out of here!” Shouting in an angry tone, vice-president Tottori walked away to the floor of the First Secretary Department.
As we thought, no ones had reported to Ikeda sensei about the matter, and Ikeda sensei did not know about it at all. On June 26 2002, in the meeting for the whole staff, Ikeda sensei told us “For the coming next 100 years, report to me if you find corrupt staff or ones who caused scandals.” “Write a letter to me, a letter without lying. But, If I find it something false, I won’t trust you.” Vice-president Tottori certainly knew the guidance of the Ikeda sensei. Despite the guidance, vice-president Tottori had not reported to the Ikeda sensei the problem and corruptions which the leaders of Soka Gakkai youth had caused. “Such a man truly deserves the secretary of Ikeda sensei?”, Kodaira wondered

“Leaders definitely should not cover up the problem which someone has reported. Such organizational structure is the most dangerous.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Naturally, the guidance is applicable to the First Secretary Division, which role is to bridge between Ikeda sensei and members. If vice-president Tottori, the leader of the department, received a letter about the corruption and injustice of Soka Gakkai staff, it is natural for him to report it to Ikeda sensei. However, he evens did not accept the report. What Ikeda sensei is most concerned about is that Soka gakkai fall into the organizational structure that staff covers up scandals and corruption. The top leaders of the headquarters and their close aids have not reported the corruption of Soka Gakkai staff which the Disciplinary Committee hid. Also, they have not reported the fact that the innocent members have been treated unfairly. We do not think Ikeda sensei tell us the act of the top leaders and their aids is right. Rather, Ikeda sensei will become furious if he knows about it.
Every top leader said “You should not bother and worry Ikeda sensei.” They said so as if they were concerned about Ikeda sensei. The fact is that they were just covering up the problem for which they took responsibility! Kodaira thought “I have seen what Soka Gakkai is like so far. I have to report it to Ikeda sensei even though I am in Kyushu now. Then, I have to resolve the problem of Soka Gakkai. I will pave the way for dialogue! Otherwise, how can I call me a disciple of Ikeda sensei?”

Kodaira’s Visit to President Harada
After vice-president Tottori told Kodaira “This is the problem of the executives.” “Go to see President Harada as many times as you could!”, Kodaira wondered if he should go to see President Harada, while he was chanting earnestly. President Harada had refused to listen to our story when Noguchi and Takigawa went to see President Harada to ask him for dialogue. Even worse, he shouted them and refused to receive the letters, saying “Reflect on yourself!” “Bring your written apology!” Kodaira thought “If I went to see President Harada, he would refuse to talk and communicate with me.” “However, even though there were few possibilities to meet and talk, I mastered up courage and have made contacts with people who we thought we should meet. I have done this with the belief that Soka Gakkai will make an advance as much as I gather courage and take an action. I have carried on even when I failed once, twice, and even three times.” Kodaira thought to himself.

“Makiguchi sensei told us “Those who are in lower positions should make influence and change people who are in upper positions.” You should say your opinions to leaders more, and if you find something wrong with them, you should point it out. Of course, you should not do this because of your temporary feeling or out of your selfishness. The organization where people share constructive ideas and opinions will develop. If the leaders refuse to listen or have not changed, you should tell them twice or three times. It’s neither “fight” nor “rebel against the leaders.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Kodaira said to himself “If I was able to talk with President Harada once, I could resolve President Harada’s misunderstanding. Then, I could tell him about the weak points of Soka Gakkai to improve and about the corruption of Soka Gakkai staff, which will be the first step to solve the roots of the problem of Soka Gakkai. Not doing what we can do is the act of “against Ikeda sensei.” Vice Prtesident Tottori said “Go to see President Harada as many times as you could!” What he said was the implication of the Mystic Law, pointing me in a right direction. What I need is the courage! Even if I was refused, slandered, I should endure and take actions which I believe is right, twice or even three times. The strongest enemy is my weakness to incline to give up.I want to make an appointment with President Harada no matter what it takes.”
Kodaira headed for the Fukuoka airport to visit President Harada in the headquarters in Tokyo.

No.7 The Way of the Response of President Harada, “He Has Never Talked and Listened” and the Reality of the Current Soka Gakkai(July 2008-July 2010)

Life is struggle with given limited time. Without fulfilling our mission, we could not find value in our lives. Without carrying through faith, no matter how much you justify yourself, only left in the end are emptiness and regret.
(The Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

There is nothing more certain and unavoidable than death. Then, you should accumulate “the treasure of heart” which you can carry through for three generations. However, the most people procrastinate doing the most important thing in life.
(The Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Our life span is limited.
No one can avoid death.
It completely depends on us,
whether you live the lives of fulfilling your mission
or you give up doing it and in the end have the feelings of emptiness and regret.

Death reveals everything equally, and clarifies right and wrong.
Also, death gives light to a life, and reflects courage and cowardliness.
Just before the death, we can evade and make excuses to others, but we cannot excuse yourself. Even if you can, you cannot evade from the results of the Myth Law, which is the universal law.
Then, you!
Living a life is struggle whether or not you can carry through your determination which you made once. It is a ceaseless struggle within your inner self.

On May 5 2010, Kodaira, Takigawa, and Ibaraki were transferred to local areas, and Noguchi, left in the Soka Gakkai headquarters alone, made a resolve to talk to President Harada and to ask him for the re-inquiry. He had written three letters to President Harada so far since the next day of the inquiry by the Audit Committee on April 2008. However, he had never listened to Noguchi.

The response of President Harada So Far

The first time Noguchi had written to President Harada was July 2 2008, one month after the Audit Committee made a judgement. In the inquiry, the committee threatened that they would exclude us from Soka Gakkai if we have not signed the written pledge, and pressed us to submit the written pledge, hiding the scandals and the problems of Soka Gakkai staff and making innocent members scapegoats. In our working place, our boss threatened and told us “If you do not bring your written pledge, bring the resignation instead!” Also, Fukui, the top leader in the prefecture, where we used to belong, told us unfair things repeatedly as following: “The Audit Committee is the place like this. When you sign the written pledge, you will be free.”
However, we could not give up. What we just wanted was that President Harada listened to us once, and he gave us an opportunity of a re-inquiry. We had written our honest feelings in a letter, and submitted it to President Harada via Mr. Fukui. Just two days after that, however, it was the Audit Committee that gave us the response from President Harada. It said “We (the headquarters) judged that we did not need to conduct a re-inquiry.”

Then, On July 22 2008, in a general staff meeting, where Ikeda sensei did not attended, President Harada stated “There are ones who have not listened to the order of top leaders, and have not listened to the advice of their bosses.” In his statement, there was a vaguely suggested criticism of us having not signed the written pledge. On July 25, three days after that, the Audit Committee decided to suspend us from being involved in the activity in our local district. According to the Committee, the reason was that Kodaira, Takigawa, and Noguchi had not signed the written pledge, regardless of the reasons.
They considered that the main problem of us was “Kodaira, Takigawa, and Noguchi had not signed the written pledge.” It seems to us that the contents of the written pledge did not matter. The Audit Committee manipulated and shifted the focus on purpose, and members in our local district started seeing us and other innocent members with wrong bias that we (including the innocent members) had caused problems but refused to sign the written pledge.
We just would like President Harada to know the truth. More than that, we would like him to talk in person and listen to us. Also, we would like him to conduct a re-inquiry, judging this matter not by what position they have, but by what they did (the actions).

We had already received the response from President Harada, and it said that they did not accept to conduct a re-inquiry. However, on July 22 2008, in a general staff meeting, President Harada mentioned as following: ”I think that it is very important for us to say opinions freely(without restriction). So, I think that you should not hesitate to say your opinions to me.” When Kodaira heard this message from him, we felt that he were trying to pick up and listen to the voice of young staff.” Also, Kodaira thought; “he might have misunderstanding about us, so he refused to conduct a re-inquiry. In order to clear up his misunderstanding, I should have written the letter in more details.” Then, Kodaira decided to write a letter once again. In the second letter, Kodaira summarized in more details what he thought was wrong and contradictory in these series of events.
Additionally, in the letter, Kodaira wrote about his determination that he would challenge his human revolution if president Harada found something wrong on him and told him the reasons. Then, Kodaira asked President Harada in the letter to talk and listen to Kodaira once.

On September 10 2008, during the lunch time, Kodaira called out to President Harada on the street in front of the headquarters’ building. Kodaira’s voice was quivering because of nervousness. Kodaira said “I’m really sorry for bothering you with the trouble of the organization. I bring a letter today, wondering that you could possibly talk to me, sir”. President Harada said to Kodaira “I got it.”, and received the letter from Kodaira. He was rejoiced and thought President Harada would understand the truth and us when president Harada read it.

Kodaira chanted desperately, waiting for the response from President Harada. However, He had received no response from him for a month. Kodaira knew that President Harada was very busy, but he could not give up because there were members who were suspended from Soka Gakkai activities in their local districts because of the unfair and wrong judgement by the Audit Committee. Kodaira really would like President Harada to listen to him. Kodaira wondered whether or not he should write a letter again. Kodaira thought handing the third letter to him could be impudent. However, it occurred to Kodaira that the priority was to let President Harada know the real situation of the innocent members. So, Kodaira could not give up. He renewed his determination to write a letter to President Harada one more time.

In the third letter, Kodaira wrote as following:
“I do not have any thoughts that I am not willing to sign the written pledge. I have a strong feeling that I would like to apologize sincerely if I did a wrong thing. But the fact was that some staff suffered innocent members with the advantage of their positions, but the judgement was made without listening to them. They mentioned “It is impossible to find the truth”. This is their judgement, and hearing this, I strongly thought I could not sign the written pledge, or made a pledge. I just would like to live an honest and sincere life.”

On October 22 2008, during the lunch time, Takigawa and Mr. Ibaraki visited the seat of President Harada with the third letter. Usually, Soka Gakkai staff do not talk with President Harada, so Kodaira and Mr. Ibaraki were intensely tensed.
Takigawa called out to President Harada, held out the letter to President Harada, and said to President Harada “Could you possibly take a little time to talk and listen to us? President Harada did not stop walking, received the letter while walking, and told Kodaira “You should listen to your seniors without doing like this.” Then, he walked away. Takigawa welled up his courage, called out “Thank you, sir!” to President Harada who were walking away, as vowing.

Although President Harada remonstrated Kodaira, he received Kodaira’s letter. No sooner had Kodaira went home than he started chanting. He chanted desperately every day. Kodaira just would like President Harada to know the truth. Kodaira thought, he had to talk even for a short time and clear the misunderstanding of President Harada.

Nevertheless, November 2, 10 days after that, when we were given another penalty of the extension of the period of the suspension, the top leaders of Soka Gakkai in Kanagawa reproached us for the act of handing a letter to President Harada, showing the actual letter to Kodaira. The fact was that the letters which we handed to President Harada was delivered to the leaders in Kanagawa. Apparently, it was the hidden answer from President Harada. “How could it be?” Kodaira said to himself. It made Kodaira suffered much. Kodaira recalled the message from President Harada in the meeting; “I think that you should not hesitate to say your opinions to me.” Kodaira was trembled with angry.

Noguchi and Takigawa Visit President Harada to Ask Him to Take Time to Talk

On May 2010, a year and a half has passed since the letters which we handed to President Harada were passed to leaders in Kanagawa. During the time, the four members who had not signed the written pledge were punished, and their positions (ranks)in Soka Gakkai were taken away. Then, they were out of the suspension. However, each member were still treated unfairly and unjustly ; they were labeled in their local districts, and the leaders in their districts did not inform them of the schedules of meetings.
Mr. Kyoto was regarded as the central person who led “the group within the group”(faction), and he was considered to be a person who rebelled against President Harada. Additionally, the leaders in his district did not inform him of the schedules of meetings.
Mr. Hyogo was told by his district fellow members “Our senior leaders said that in our district we must not encourage, foster, and even talk if possible. In addition, some leaders worked on members in Mr. Hyogo’s district not to allow Mr. Hyogo to speak in meetings.
Mr.Hidenobu Kimoto were in charge of the Future group in a chapter, and also he delivered Seikyo Newspaper in a local block in substitution for Komei Newspaper workers. Mr. Kimoto also volunteered for the Komeito. However, one day, Mr. Kimoto was suddenly told that he could join meetings only in the condition that he came with a senior-chapter leader. Then, nobody in Men’s division informed him of the schedules of meetings.
Mr. Shimane was the first member who raised his voice against Mr. Wakayama’s act of slandering and criticizing his innocent senior member. However, one of Mr. Shimane’s friend who Mr. Shimane did Shakubuku said to Mr. Shimane “I was told by a senior Soka Gakkai member not to take what you said seriously.” ,and his friend started ignoring Mr. Shimane. Worse, one after the other members in his district began to ignore.

In order to talk and solve this problem, we did everything that we could think of. However, no leaders had not listened to us. Top leaders told us the same thing in a common, “President Harada is the person who is responsible, so you should ask him!” “You should ask far more times.” “You should talk to President Harada.” They said something like that repeatedly. Noguchi, who was the only person among us who was left in Soka Gakkai headquarters, pondered over and over the reason why he keep staying in the headquarters. President Harada had received the letters but refused to talk with us three times so far. So, Noguchi thought that President Harada would not listen to me in all likelihood when I asked him again. He thought over and over which choices is better; the one is he should ask President Harada to talk to him. The other was, before asking, he should be a person who President Harada trust much more especially in terms of working performances. Noguchi thought procrastinating is the choice of running away. Noguchi chanted daimoku desperately.

Then, Noguchi’s comrades, who were unfairly transferred from the headquarters to local areas like Kyushu, Kanagawa, Hiroshima, emailed Noguchi about their current struggle to gain the trust from colleagues in their new working places. Noguchi, who sat in a seat in a cafeteria in the headquarters alone, saw President Harada walking. When Noguchi found it, Noguchi felt very scary. Noguchi realized how important his comrades are for him. Since they started working in the Student Division, Noguchi and his comrades had chanted daimoku together, encouraged each other, and fought for Soka Gakkai with strong bond so far. Noguchi thought “If I do not stand up right now, we would never be able to clear up the misunderstandings and the mistreatment on the innocent members who suffered a lot. I have to be strong and overcome my cowardliness.”
Just one time, just one time, Noguchi would like President Harada to listen to him about the members who fought for Soka Gakkai sincerely and earnestly, but who were treated unfairly and wrongfully. It was painful to be judged by President Harada without listening even once. Noguchi thought, if President Harada misunderstand us, he had to tell the truth and clear up President Harada’s misunderstanding. Then, Noguchi gathered his courage and made a determination to tell to President Harada that the conclusion of the Audit Committee turned out to hide the scandals of headquarters’ staff and make innocent members scapegoats. Noguchi thought to himself “I will fulfill the meaning of being left in the headquarters.”

Noguchi made a determination to write a letter to President Harada. Noguchi wrote about the fact that the headquarters’ staff hid the scandals, and the fact that top leaders had never given us opportunities to talk and listen to us.

On May 6 2010, Noguchi could not sleep at all, and the morning came. Noguchi took a letter with himself, and went to the seat of President Harada before the start of working time. Trying to stop trembling of his legs, Noguchi stood in front of President Harada, and handed the letter to him, saying “I’m sorry to interrupt you, but I have something very important to report.” President Harada’s face got grimed, and told Kodaira “Reflect on what you have done! I cannot receive your letter today!” President Harada turned back on Noguchi. Noguchi said “President Harada, please, sir.”
However, President Harada did not turned around. Noguchi just kept standing. All Noguchi could do was to leave the place. President Harada did not receive our letter after all.

Noguchi could not understand what scene and what deed he should reflect on, though President Harada said Noguchi should do so.
The problem which the Audit Committee dealt with was a series of problems which had began with the wrongful and unfair shuffle of the personnels, and continued for six years. So, Noguchi could not understand the way of President Harada’s response to Noguchi, “Reflect on yourself.” However, Noguchi could not ask to President Harada what his deed President Harada regarded as a problem. Noguchi was angry at himself because of his cowardliness. As soon as coming back home, Noguchi chanted daimoku desperately. The more Noguchi chanted daimoku, the more strongly he felt he should not give up. Noguchi said to himself “I failed to tell and ask to President Harada. I have failed to do anything I had to do so far. If I give up now, I will lose the meaning of staying in the headquarters. So I have to visit President Harada again, and let him receive our letter.” Noguchi made a determination to visit President Harada again.

On May 11, during the lunch break, Noguchi took a latter with him and headed for the desk of President Harada. While chanting in his heart, he walked there. Noguchi bowed to President Harada, and asked “Excuse me, could you possibly have time, sir?” President Harada’s face changed, and yelled at Noguchi, saying “You wrote your apology in paper and have brought it, haven’t you!” Noguchi did not hold back, and said “I did not bring it.” Harada responded “Then, you should go!” Noguchi held out his letter to President Harada, and tried to say “Mr. Iwate told me I should visit President Harada.” Before Noguchi saying it, President Harada interrupted and shouted “What Iwate said does not matter! It’s your faith that the root of the problem is. The other things do not matter at all!” Noguchi did not flinch and said “I’m sorry but, I think that the inquiry was not conducted appropriately, sir.” Harada started shouting as resounding the floor everywhere. President Harada told Noguchi “I’m not talking about the inquiry! I’m telling you about the male division activities you have worked on!” “Go if you do not bring written apology! That’s it! Go!” When Noguchi look around, three executives surrounded Noguchi. About 30 staff was surprised by the big voice of President Harada, and were gazing at the scene. Noguchi looked at the three executives, and had no choice but to leave the place. Regret and anger welled up within Noguchi’s heart. “Why did he refuse just to receive the letter? It is unacceptable not to tell us what we should reflect on?” We were just told that we were not allowed to ask questions until we handed in our written apology. We could not understand it at all.

I read the written pledge many times, but I do not think the contents of written pledge are right and accurate because the written pledge covered up the scandals of Soka Gakkai staff, and made innocent members scapegoats instead.
I can swear by my mentor, Ikeda sensei that the act of signing the written pledge is totally wrong.

My spirit will never be defeated. It is totally unacceptable for Ikeda sensei’s disciples not to raise our voice about what we found is wrong. If we just turn a blind eye on the evil, it is the same thing as accepting the evil. Noguchi chanted desperately. “What do I have to do?” “What action do I have to take to talk with President Harada?” Chanting continuously, then Noguchi made a resolve, “I will go to hand the letter to President Harada again.”

On June 1 2010, during the lunch break, Noguchi went to the desk of President Harada. He did not feel his legs tumbled this time. Noguchi said “I came here for the same purpose as the last time. President Harada pointed at Noguchi, and shouted “If you do not feel sorry for what you did, get out of here!” “Bring your written apology, otherwise I cannot talk to you!” “Have you brought written apology?” Moreover, he added “You have been bothering your seniors! Do you feel sorry for that?” “Tell me! Do you feel sorry for that?” Noguchi did not hold back. Noguchi said “I do not think of what I should reflect on and sorry for. Then, I would like you listen to me, sir.” President Harada responded “You do not know such a thing!” Figure it out by yourself!” “It’s over.” “Go! Back to work! Chant Daimoku more!” It was like “No question asked.” It seemed that President Harada was not in the mood to talk.” Noguchi gave up, and left the place.

Noguchi felt painful because he was told “bothering your seniors” If President Harada gave Noguchi an opportunity to talk and listen to Noguchi, Noguchi did not need to ask his seniors of many for dialogue. Noguchi could not think what President Harada told was unreasonable and inconsistent. Noguchi thought to himself “Why did not President Harada listen to me at all though I asked him many times?” Anger and tears welled up. Noguchi said to himself “I decided and swore by my mentor Ikeda sensei “I will never be defeated.” This is the trial which put my faith and the relationship between me and Ikeda sensei to the test. I will struggle with my whole being against the “Ostrich policy which has taken root the headquarters.”

In the night, hearing from Noguchi about the his exchange with President Harada, Takigawa was not able to contain himself. “Why did not President Harada talk and listen to Noguchi, even less receive our letter?” This letter was the compelling voice of the innocent members, and we wrote it to let President Harada to know how the innocent members had been treated. Takigawa thought that the reason why the members were treated wrongfully was they did not obey the guidance of President Harada. Takigawa thought to himself “If I turn a blind eye on what is going on, I would lose the principle, “We, Soka Gakkai staff, exist, owing to its members.” Takigawa said to himself “I also have to ask President Harada’s favor to talk and listen to me. I have to make sure how President Harada will respond with my own eyes and ears.”

On June 2 2010 Takigawa took a holiday and headed for Soka Gakkai headquarters. Takigawa received the letter from Noguchi, and during the lunch break, Takigawa headed to the desk of President Harada. Then, President Harada was talking to the top leader of the youth male division. After they finished talking, Takigawa stepped to President Harada. Holding out the letter to President Harada, Takigawa said “President Harada, could you possibly receive this letter, sir?” President Harada received it, and headed up, gazing at Takigawa in silence. Then, President Harada looked down to make sure the sender of the letter. In the next moment, President Harada’s face got changed, and whacked the letter hard on the desk, shouting “You have brought your written apology, haven’t you!” The large floor was very busy because of the General meeting which was scheduled to be held the next day. So, elderly members, married female members, and young female and male members from local areas came to Tokyo, where the headquarters was located. All of them looked at the President Harada, who was yelling at Takigawa. Soon after that, Takigawa was surrounded by Mr. Shizuoka, a national leader of male division and Mr. Chiba, a chair person of national Gajyoukai. They took Takigawa out of the floor.

Takigawa experienced physically the way of President Harada to treat him, and felt even if we carried on asking, there will be fewer chances to talk to President Harada. Takigawa pondered over and over, chanting daimoku desperately. Takigawa said to himself “President Harada started shouting at me as soon as I handed the letter to him. So, if I visited him again to submit the letter in this circumstances, I will result in being scolded by President Harada. Plus, it will turn out to make a bad impression on President Harada, and will cause his misunderstanding. It is not what I want. It occurred to Takigawa he should give up.” However, the more Takigawa chanted, the more strongly Takigawa felt he cannot give up because he encountered and got to know the corruption of the headquarters.
Takigawa thought to himself “It is me who can tell it to President Harada since I encountered and experienced the problem. I have to because some members are still suffering a lot. If I ignore this, could I meet Ikeda sensei with confidence? Isn't procrastinating to solve the problem which I encountered the same as deceiving my true feelings and betraying myself? Actually, Doing so is the same as “dead” for me.” Takigawa thought “It means “dead” if I could not live the lives of “the relationship of the mentor and the disciples”. The way of living is not meaningful and wrongful. Then, I have to carry on doing what I believed is right. Once again. Once again, I will visit President Harada.”

On July 8 2010, finishing the work of the day, Takigawa went to the headquarters while chanting in his heart.
When getting to the desk of President Harada, President Harada looked at him. Before Takigawa finished saying “this letter”, president Harada shouted “I have told you I would not receive it! You do not feel sorry, at all! No way! Go, go!” President Harada tried to get Takigawa out of the place.
Takigawa said “Please, please tell me what I should reflect on, sir.”
President Harada responded “Your seniors have given you guidance so far. You had better ask to yourself!” “Go, go, go!” His voice resounded the floor. At the next moment, the secretary of President Harada held Takigawa in a full nelson. Takigawa called out desperately though he was being dragged away by the secretary “President, president, president! Just one thing I would like to ask! Will Ikeda sensei, say you are right though you have never listened to me like this?”
Seeing Takigawa, who was being dragged away by the secretary, President Harada said “Of course, Ikeda sensei will!”

President Harada shouted “Of course, Ikeda sensei will!” However, why could he say “of course” without listening to the staff who was desperately asking President Harada to talk and listen? Instead, President Harada shouted and excluded the staff with force. The behavior of President Harada was totally unacceptable as the president of Soka Gakkai, which is based on the spirits of “dialogue”, Takigawa cannot help feel like that. Then, if Ikeda sensei saw the behavior of President Harada, he will definitely reproach the President Harada, Takigawa cannot help feel like that, too.
Takigawa saw what the current Soka Gakkai was like through the behavior of President Harada, “no question asked”, and Takigawa also saw that Soka Gakkai was falling into authoritarianism and bureaucracy.

“The true dialogue contains compassion, harmonious atmosphere, and empathy. We have to keep in mind that the leader, who forgot the spirits of dialogue, will fall into authoritarianism and bureaucracy.”
(The Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

We had to transform this rigid organizational structure of Soka Gakkai headquarters. In order to solve the problem that some members were unfairly and wrongfully treated, we had to talk to President Harada.
Then, when Takigawa realized the current structure of the headquarters, it occurred to Takigawa that there were other members who were suffered by Soka Gakkai staff all over Japan, and the problem which we encountered was just a tip of the iceberg.

Takigawa could not give up having dialogue with President Harada. If the headquarters became the ones, which were not based on the guidance of Ikeda sensei, it meant that we broke our vow with Ikeda sensei. We must not never let it happen. Takigawa thought to himself “Even if I lose my life, I have to keep the promise with Ikeda sensei.” Takigawa made his determination stronger.

NO.6 The Problems of Soka Gakkai Headquarters to Hide Scandals of Top Leaders(June 2002-May 2010)

“Soka Gakkai is not for its executives. It is for its members. We must never ever let them suffer. So, when you find a wrong leader, raise your voice and speak out “what you are saying (doing) is opposite to the guidance of Soka Gakkai!”By speaking out your opinions or encouraging earnestly, we should grow a great leader.”(Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

“In order to make Soka Gakkai better, speak out your opinions clearly and
courageously. Then, the persons in upper positions have to listen to them and accept their opinions if they are right.” (Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Our mentor said
“Soka Gakkai is not for its executives. It is for its members.”
“We must never ever let them suffer.”

If we encountered a leader who treats a member badly or unfairly and suffered the members, raise your voice with courage!
Throw yourself into the challenge of having dialogue with the leader, with courage!

“I know that.”
“I’ll do it when time has come.”
“Nothing will be changed even if only I raise my voice.”
You may find many excuses.

However, we can gain true happiness without courage!
It is courage that gives us the power to overcome difficulties.
It is courage that gives us the power to build the foundation of happiness.
Without courage, we can not create future!

Then, my friends!
Thinking a single person’s happiness is (leads to) the development of Soka Gakkai, the voice of courage will be the mercy to safeguard your fellow members, and the voice of courage also will be justice to create great leaders.

My friends! For your self-happiness and for the creation of “Soka Gaakai for people” as Ikeda sensei hopes for, raise your voice of justice to create a true union between fellow members!

On February 22 2010, Mr. Ibaraki was transferred from Shinano-machi in Tokyo to Hiroshima. He thought he should call on the chief editor to pay his respect before moving to Hiroshima. The chief editor was Iwate vice-president (of Soka Gakkai), the chief of the Audit Committee, and Mr. Ibaraki’s boss, and who was transferred from Soka Gakkai headquarters to Seikyo Newspaper headquarters a half year ago. In the local district, as a result of intentionally careless investigation, the Soka Gakkai members who were slandered and criticized unfairly were labeled as “rabbles” and kept away from other members; they were not informed of meetings on purpose.
We, Kodaira, Takigawa, and Noguchi felt we had to save the members whatever it took. Before leaving the Seikyo Headquarters, Mr. Ibaraki was determined deeply, he would do everything he could. He thought he had to tell Iwade vice-president about the fact that there were members who suffered from the unfair conclusion of the Audit Committee, and he had to plead Iwate vice-president for the re-inquiry.

On April 27 2010, Mr. Ibaraki made an appointment with Iwate vice-president and went to his seat. Mr. Ibaraki brought up the topic of the inquiry of the Audit Committee and said “As one Seikyo Newspaper staff, I have no regret even if I leave here because I have spared no time and effort to work for Soka Gakkai. However, I have one big regret. It is the inquiry conducted by you. I would like you to know there are members who suffers from the unfair inquiry” Mr. Ibaraki continued, “Each member has given all to fighting for Ikeda sensei. Nevertheless, they were made scapegoats, their ranks were taken away, and they are still labeled as the “rebels.” I think that such a thing should never be allowed in Soka Gakkai whatsoever. Could you please possibly conduct re-inquiry?”
Then, Iwate vice-president’s face suddenly grew serious, and started talking in a stern tone of voice. “I have nothing to talk about it! If you want to talk about it, go back to your work!” The conversation would be almost over without talking anything. Mr. Ibaraki pled desperately, saying “Why do you say so? I know you conducted the inquiry.”
Then, Iwate vice-president responded “I did it as the president Harada told me! You should talk to him!” Ibaraki said “I’m afraid that I asked to president Harada again and again. I asked every top leader of the headquarters, but no one has not listened to me.” Then, Iwate vice-president told Mr. Ibaraki “I have nothing to talk about! I’m telling you to ask the president!” Mr. Ibaraki said desperately “the ranks of the earnest member were taken away, and nobody in their local district informs them even of the schedules of meetings at all.” Iwate vice-president raised voice at Mr. Ibaraki, shouting “I won’t listen to you!!” Then, Iwate vice-president turned himself in a opposite direction, which implied there was no longer the place for having a dialogue. Mr. Ibaraki had no choice but to leave the place.

Iwate vice-president had never touched the topic of the inquiry after all, just saying “I did it as the president told me” and then telling “Talk to the president.”just to try to avoid Kodaira.
Although he obeys the direction of a person in an upper position, when Iwate vice-president was called to account, he shifted the responsibility onto the person in a upper position than him. I cannot help feeling how irresponsible the structure of the organization is. Mr. Ibaraki thought there were not only that reason but also the other one why Iwate vice-president raised his tone and refused to talk with Mr. Ibaraki. The reason was Iwate vice-president did not want the scandals of the top leaders of youth men division to come to light again. 

The Unfair and Problematic Personnel Shift Hid by the Audit Committee

March 30 2008, we submitted to the Audit Committee a statement consisted of 182 pages. It was the summary of the facts and the process of the unfair and problematic personnel shift: the youth top leaders of the headquarters staff forced those who in lower positions voice opinions against them, to “retire”from the Student division.

July 2002, the personnel shift was conducted and Kodaira was transferred in the name of “graduation” from the student devision to the youth men division just two days after he had been noticed about it. In the background of the sudden transfer, the top leaders, who were in charge of the personnel shift, hated the three regional leaders of Kanagawa, Kodaira, Takigawa, Noguchi.

We the three, used to be typical leaders of Soka Gakkai, and just after retiring from the universities, we were employed by Soka Gakkaia and started working in the headquarters. We prioritized the mottos of the headquarters and keeping the order of the organization. However, as we had applied ourselves to the activities of the students division and worked hard together with the local members, we, the three Soka Gakkai staff realized that as other headquarters staff, we also had a sense of superiority to ordinary members, and had a mindset of ignoring dialogues. Then, we continued to dedicate all our strength into the practice of dialogues, based on the guidance of Ikeda sensei and betting our human revolution: we put trust on others, prayed for them as much as we could, welled courage, and told to each other “Right is right, and wrong is wrong.” There, we and the members were full of vigor: trust between us began to grow, and we pursued the truth together. Then, we exercised ourselves in the day to day Buddhist practice, keeping out of the cozy and dependent relationship with each other and telling our honest opinions to each other. After a thorough dialogue, we gained true understanding. As a result, everyone practiced Buddhism with full of energy and rejoice, and built up the experiences of faith. As a result, Kodaira, Takigawa, Noguch became able to give honest opinions to senior leaders, gradually. Concerned about the fact that the mottos of the student division shifting to a merit and result -based, Kodaira, a main leader of the student division, consulted a top leader of the student division with a honest feeling. The top leader asked “What is the average number of “Shakubuku” in your place?” Kodaira responded “We will be able to achieve the goal of one household in average.” The leader told “You are giving me an opinion even though you have not achieved the goal, are you? You had better come here after making a good result.” He had almost no intention to listen to Kodaira. Then, Kodaira told him desperately “I think it is not right that we are not be allowed to give any opinions until I make it.”

I did not think that we were totally right. However, I think it would be against the guidance of Ikeda sensei, if we allow Soka Gakkai to be a place where we could not give honest opinions to each other. If Soka Gakkai became such a rigid organization, it is ordinary members who will suffer the most. After that, the top leaders started complaining in the back of Kodaira saying “Kodaira judges things right or wrong too clearly.” “Kodaira is more suited to the youth men division than the student division.

In 2002, nine months after Kodaira was appointed to a regional leader of the student division, Kodaira was called to come to see by Mr. Chiba, a top national leader of the student division, and Mr. Shizuoka, a top secretary of the student division. There, Kodaira was told that he was going to “graduate” (retire) from the student division in two days. The next alternate leader, however, was undecided. Also, no time was given to other members in Kawasaki region to take over Kodaira’s duties. By the sudden notice from the two, Kodaira went blank. Then, On a later day, it was announced that another leader of student division would take over the position. The alternate leader was Mr. Nagano, who was a vice-national leader of the student division. Needless to say, Kawasaki region, where Kodaira had been in charge of came in confusion because Kodaira was suddenly retired, and because a new top leader would come to fill in Kodaira’s position. What Kodaira could then was just to explain desperately to the members about his “graduation”(retirement). It seemed that they were desperately trying to accept the truth.

In fact, the personnel shift which Nagano vice-national leader was responsible for was, actually, conducted deliberately. It was the violation of the official process of the personnel shift: Chiba national leader in the student division and Shizuoka national secretary in the student division pulled the strings. (Later on, the period of the time that Nagano vice-national leader held the position of the top leader in Kawasaki region was recorded as “three month blank”, and the Audit Committee admitted that the personnel shift was not officially conducted.)

Moreover, in September 2004, the personnel structure of the student division was changed: Mr. Gifu became a national leader of the student division, and Mr. Aichi became new national secretaries of the student division. The two ignored the confusion of Kawasaki region. They shuffled the personnels in the region, and as a result, 11 out of 19 regional leaders were forced to retire from the student division, simultaneously. In the personnel shift, Takigawa, Noguchi, and Mr. Ibaraki were forced to retire, officially. Noguchi was just 25 years old at that time. The current top leader of youth men division knew his age and talked to Noguchi as follows: “the Soka Youth Personnel Department set up a standard of the age that a member or staff in the student division should move on to the youth men division. It is 27 years old. Noguchi is still 25 years old. There is a lot you can do (in the student division).” It is obvious that the time that Noguchi retired from the student division was too early.

Mr. Ibaraki and Takigawa, who used to be regional leaders, did not just placed their district mottos which the headquarters had created. They thought and discussed the contents in order to make the Buddhist practice more beneficial for each member. Then, they gave opinions actively to the leaders in higher positions. Because they worked on the practice with their own thoughts and views, the top leaders of the student division,who think that members should do what they were told submissively, criticized in the behind, saying “They made an independent nation.” Those who could speak out their opinions with courage became subject to the retirement of the student division. It was the same as the case of the personnel shift which Kodaira had experienced two years before.

After Takigawa, Noguchi, and Ibaraki retired from the student division, Mr.Gifu, a national leader of the student division sent Mr. Wakayama,who is Soka Gakkai staff and lived in another prefecture. Mr. Wakayama was ordered to move to Kawasaki-city, and was appointed to the territorial leader by Mr.Gife. (Later on, Mr. Wakayama testified that Gifu national leader of the student division assigned him the task to reconstruct the organization of Kawasaki region, explaining about the problem of factionalism in Kawasaki region of the student division.)

Moreover, Mr Shiga, who was a regional leader, put off the prepared plan of the personnel shift on the very day just before the interview. He explained the following reason about the sudden change of the plan, which was“because Mr. Shiga had not received the leadership information cards.” The planned personnel shift was canceled, and chapter leaders who came to take interviews, got dumbfounded. (On later days, former regional secretary of the student division commented that the leadership information cards were delivered and ready.)

The unfair personnel change had been repeated over two years. It was difficult for members to accept and take it as “the will of Buddha” or “The position(rank) is conferred by Ikeda sensei.”

“We have to deal with the matter of money and positions correctly with the strict attitude.” (Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

In Soka Gakkai, when members or staff caused scandals involving personnel management, they have been punished strictly as the ones involving money or male-female relationship since the time that Toda was the president of Soka Gakkai. Although I submitted a statement with the detail about the fact, the Audit Committee concluded as follows; “There was nothing wrong with the process of the personnel change.” Needless to say, the reason was not mentioned in it at all.

Then, Chiba national leader of the student division, Shizuoka national secretary of the student division, Gifu national leader of the student division, and Aichi national secretary of the student division, all were involved in the scheme of the unfair personnel change, but they were just given light punishment as verbal warnings. (When the Audit Committee inquired us, Mr. Shizuoka was a national leader of youth men division, Mr. Chiba, the chief of Gajokai. They were the linchpins of Soka Gakkai.) However, the Audit Committee hid again and again, the problem of unfair personnel change by the Soka Gakkai staff.

“Personnel management is the lifeline of Soka Gakkai.”
(Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Nevertheless, Iwate vice-president, who was the chief of the Audit Committee and conducted the inquiry on us, said “The three, Chiba national leader of the student division, Shizuoka national secretary of the student division, and one territorial leader of the student division, testified it!” “You want to say what they told me was false and wrong, do you?” “What you are saying is false! ”

The Audit Committee judged people from their ranks; they decided which side of their story was trustworthy from their ranks. Their judgement was that the top leaders of the youth men division should not be accused.

The Conclusion of the Headquarters of Soka Gakkai which Resulted in Overturning the right and wrong of the Problem

On the other hand, the innocent members, who raised their voices against the scheme of the unfair personnel change, were judged as follows; “the members made a group within the group (Soka Gakkai), and they rebels against Soka Gakkai.”
Moreover, they considered Mr. Kyoto as the leader of “the group within the group” with prejudice, and concluded that Mr. Kyoto was the one who stirred everyone up. In fact, Mr. Kyoto was the scapegoat of this problem: he was blamed and slandered in a sudden by Wakayama national leader of the student division though Mr. Kyoto had already graduated (retired) from the student division, and had already started participated in the activities in the youth men division. The conclusion of the Audit Committee was too coercive.
(We had already been considered to be as the faction when Mr. Wakayama was sent there.) Mr. Wakayama criticized and slandered repeatedly the leaders of Kawasaki region, such as Kodaira,Takigawa, and Noguchi, saying “The time when they were in charge of the Kawasaki region was a blank period.” By criticizing and slandering, they tried to attract members, and stabilize the organization of Kawasaki region. Moreover, they started aiming to criticize publicly Mr. Kyoto and other members, who were in the youth men division. As a result, the members were looked with prejudice.

The Audit Committee forced us to sign the written pledge and to make an oath to dissolve the group and not to repeat the same thing as making a group in the group (Soka Gakkai). However, the contents of the written pledge itself was vague, and their definition of the movement of making a group in the group (Soka Gakkai) was not clear. So, whether or not it is the act of “making a group in the group” entirely depends on how the executives feel. That is the way of the headquarters how to make up a story that members rebells against Soka Gakkai. Then, they excludes them even if they have raised their voice against the scandals or misbehaving of executives.

In addition, the Audit Committee ordered us to make an oath not to seek for dialogues about the executives, who were engaged in the scheme of the unfair transfer. The aim of the headquarters is to sweep the problem of the executives under the rug, ignoring what we petitioned in our statement about the unfair transfer.

The conclusion of the Audit Committee was to protect the leaders in charge of the scheme of the unfair transfer, instead, by labeling the members, and making them scapegoats. It was the judgement which overturned the right and wrong, and it was totally injustice. We could not turn a blind eye on it.

Turning blind eye on injustice, and letting it past is the act of forgetting the gratitude and treaty against our mentor. Also, we never should not let past even a small evil thing which will be possible to make members suffer. If we do, the small evil will spread in the whole organization, and devastate the sacred world of our bonds in Soka Gakkai. (Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

As the disciples of Ikeda sensei, if we turn a blind eye on the corruption of the headquarters of Soka Gakkai to hide the scandals of the leaders, and sign the pledge, and accept it, we will become the betrayer who forgot the gratitude toward our mentor. We just want to live our lives as Ikeda sensei told us no matter what will confront us. The act of allowing innocent members who have spoken out courageously like “wrong is wrong” to be scapegoats will turn out to lose the meaning of the existence of Soka Gakkai.
We cannot allow it whatsoever.

To Seek for Dialogue with President Harada in Order to Protect the Members Who Were Made Scapegoats Because of the Misjudgment of the Headquarters

On May 4 2010, Mr. Ibaraki left Hiroshima. Takigawa was also transferred from the headquarters to the Yokohama Ikeda auditorium on November 2009. Only left in the headquarters was Yusuke Noguchi.

Noguchi recalled the days of the inquiry, and thought about the comments of Iwate vice-president “I did as president Harada told me. Talk to the president!”
Two months ago, on February 8 2010, To meet Miyagi vice-president, a son of Ikeda sensei, Noguchi visited the First Secretary Department. However, Gumma vice-president, the chief of the department, told Noguchi “Talk to the President!” “Visit President Harada!” “Visit president Harada, whatever!” “Visit president Harada as many times as you can, because you are a youth member!” “Visit president Harada because he is in the responsible position.” The every top leader told Noguchi to do so.

Ikeda sensei told president Harada “Harada has youthfulness. He also has experiences. Not to be high-hand. No. Never ever to be high-hand. Soka Gakkai entered the time of Honmon. I count on President Harada to foster young members to be capable and to devote all their beings for follow members, and to be the leaders for spreading of Mystic Lows”.
I think that is why he was chosen as the president, the most responsible position. He has to report this problem to Ikeda sensei. It is an important task of president Harada to listen and accept the report. He, however, has refused our offers even to make appointments to meet and talk. In fact, he criticized us indirectly in meetings.
I thought over and over; if I were Ikeda sensei, what would I do? What is a right thing to do? I chanted desperately, and recalled various guidance of Ikeda sensei again and again.

“We do not call it dialogue if you stop talking in the middle. The true dialogue should not be interrupted. It should continue up to the mutual understanding.”
(Guidance of Ikeda sensei)

I should not let myself to be defeated by my weak inner self and give up the struggle. Our mentor put trust on president Harada. I have to believe in president Harada, and keep seeking for dialogue. In order to prove the innocence of the members, I think it is the right path for his disciples to seek for dialogue no matter how many times he might refuse.

Thinking of the transfer of Mr. Ibaraki to a regional area, I could not say I did not have worries at all. When I visited top leaders, I always felt cowardliness within my self. I felt I was not brave enough. However, Then It always occurred to me that I became Soka Gakkai staff to champion Soka Gakkai, where Ikeda sensei had established, and to devote myself for fellow members. My mentor is Ikeda sensei!
I want to use my life to prove the justice of the members! I will fulfill the vow with Ikeda sensei whatever it might take!
Noguchi, who was left in the headquarters, was going to visit president Harada, carrying letters to petition for the re-inquiry.

① Our Thought and Determination toward the Security Bills

We, the three, have experienced the core problems of Soka Gakkai over eight years: the unfair personnel shifts deliberately conducted by the headquarters staff, the act of slandering and criticizing, and the nature of Soka Gakkai headquarters, which hides such corruptions of the headquarters staff.
Honestly, there was a time when I could not accept the reality and pondered “Why did such a thing happened?” “Is it me who is wrong?”

Our mentor gave us guidance “Dialogues is the lifeline of Soka Gakkai”, but actually,among Soka Gakkai headquarters staff, I can say, we, the headquarters staff, were not allowed to have dialogues with each other. I faced to the fact and was deeply concerned about it. While struggling to figure it out, we encountered senior staff who refused to have dialogues with us, and attempted to conceal the scandals which we had tried to report to Ikeda sensei. Still, we continued to ask them to take time and have dialogues with us. However, as a result of asking for dialogues, we were administered punishments such as suspension, dismissal from the positions in Soka Gakkai, relegation to the local center, punitive dismissal, and even excommunication from Soka Gakkai. And now I am neither Soka Gakkai staff nor a member of Soka Gakkai.

Since I was born, I grew up in Soka Gakkai, and I encountered Ikeda sensei, who is the mentor of my life. For me, Soka Gakkai is the meaning of my life, and dedication to Soka Gakkai where my mentor established is my living hope. This is the honest feelings why I had applied for staff of Soka Gakkai. However, after being dismissed and excommunicated from Soka Gakkai, I lost almost all the valuable meanings of living my life. Instead, I gained the most important and valuable thing, which was the enlightenment that Soka Gakkai is the world of the bonds between the mentor and disciples, in other words, between the mentor and its members. Nobody can not interfere the relationship among them. As other many members do, I also came to realize the principle. When I became fully aware of being one of the disciple of Ikeda sensei, I sensed it strongly. I felt strongly that I would like to share my experience and thoughts with other Soka Gakkai members and work together on making Soka Gakkai better. Then, I decided to write all the experience I had encountered. After thinking over and over, we made our mind to start this blog, making our names public. After setting out this blog, we received massages of encouragement and slander from people who had read this blog. However, no matter how severe messages I received, I felt that I had to keep my vow with Ikeda sensei, which is to transform Soka Gakkai. Besides, we received some frank messages, which said “What do you think about the Security Bills?” “What is your future plan?” We just appreciate these messages and are very happy to know many people have interests in us and our struggling. We would like to make this episode as the one which shares our thoughts on the Security Bills. I have to apologize to those who have been waiting for the update of new episode. Regarding to the Episode, scheduled to be updated this time, we would like to resume writing and to share it after sharing our thoughts on “Security Bills.”
As we mentioned the first part of this blog, in this episode, we would like to write about our opinions about the Security Bills, where Soka Gakkai was deeply involved, and we would like to point out problems in them.

The Movement of the Headquarters which is against the Guidance of Ikeda sensei, our Mentor.

Currently, the ruling coalition party which New Komeito joins push forward with the legislation of the Security Bills, which accepts Japan being involved in war in more direct way. In September 9 2015, the ruling coalition party of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito forced through the Security Bills and legislate them even though many scholars made statements that the Security Bills violates the Article 9 of the Japanese constitution. Actually, the Security Bills accepts the right of collective self-defense, and make it possible that Japan dispatch the security defense force to battlefields. It means the Security Bills approves Japan taking part in war. Director-General of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, a former Chief justice of the Supreme Court, a former Supreme Court justice, and 52 lawyers in Japan Federation of Bar Associations, all of who states that the Security Bills are unconstitutional. From this, it is obvious that the the legislation of the Security Bills is the violation of Japanese Constitution. Even so, New Komeito supported the Security Bills as a wing of the ruling coalition party, and played a key role in passing the Security Bills.

New Komeito is the party, which our mentor gave his all to establishing and developing. Nevertheless, New Komeito supported passing the Security Bills, and disgraced the history of three Soka Gakkai Presidents: the first Soka Gakkai president Makiguchi was arrested and passed away in a prison, resisting the military Government in the stance where he was definitely against any wars, which suffer people severely. The second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda got out of the jail with a strong determination that he would avenge the death of his mentor, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Although he was heavily sick, he passed down to the younger generation the legacy of teaching “the statements of anti-nuclear bomb”, which appealed to the world for anti-nuclear and abolishment of wars. The third Soka Gakkai president Daisaku Ikeda have dedicated his life for the fight to realize the world peace and the happiness of all human being and not to let World WarⅢ ever happen, by visiting the United States, Soviet Unions, and China constantly and taking on the challenges of having dialogues with the most politically influential persons during the Cold War era. To realize the peaceful world, in Japan he established New Komeito whose motto is to talk with people, fight with people, and die with people. However, we can not help thinking that New Komeito has lost the principle. Instead, what they stated were “It is constitutional.” “It is within the purpose of self defense.” New Komeito defended itself by making these statements, which shows that Komeito did away with the motto of New Komeito “The party for peace.”

We can not help feeling that what they did was the act of breaking down the castle of the definite pacifism, which the three presidents devoted their lives to establish and develop.

Additionally, the headquarters of Soka Gakkai stated “We understand that New Komeito made efforts to maintain the pacifism of Article 9.”*1 “The cabinet decision on the security policy made in the last year was based on the the pacifism of Article 9 and exclusively defensive security policy, and we recognize that the validity of the decision is now officially under discussion.”*2 Those statements which the Komaito made indicates that New Komeito showed their approval toward the Security Bills. However, the history of Soka Gakkai, which the three president had established was the history of all-out struggling for the definite pacifism and anti-war.

Ikeda sensei stated clearly “We have carried through the attitude of protecting the permanent pacifism embodied in Article 9. This is not simply for the peace of Japan, but for the world peace, I believe. The path toward the permanent peace is to engrave the ideal and the spirits of the notion of peaceful constitution in the hearts of everyone in every country, and spread humanism of the abolition of wars.” “I have to say that it is anachronistic to stick to the way of securing one’s country by forming a natural community with a common destiny and showing off the military might of its own country.”
In addition, Ikeda sensei declared clearly in the interview conducted by the Mainichi Newspaper on September 25 2001:“I think that we definitely should not change Article 9.”
I can not help thinking that the actions of New Komeito for the security policy is to overturn and ruin the ideology of the definite pacifism and the history of actions which the three president have established. I have to say that the movement of New Komeito will lead to devastating them.

Recently, Soka Gakkai members started joining demonstrations with the three colors’ flags, holding study meetings, and collecting signatures, seeking for withdrawing the Security Bills from the viewpoint that the stance of New Komeito is against the guidance of Ikeda sensei. However, the Soka Gakkai Public Relations Department responded “We acknowledge that the legislation of the Security Bills is now under discussion based on the pacifism and the exclusively defensive security policy originated from the Article 9. We do not acknowledge the movement of Soka Gakkai members over the Security Bills and do not approve it. It is really regrettable that they use our three color’s flags for such political purposes.”*3 Additionally, on September 9 2014 on the TBS news TV program, “Hodo Tokusyu”, it was broadcasted “We (New Komeito) acknowledge that the members are acting in individual positions. The cabinet decision of the last year was based on the the notion of pacifism and exclusively Self-Defense which is originated from the Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, and then the legislation of the Security Bills is now under discussion. If people judge our actions without acknowledging that points and are against us, we feel disappointed.”
Hearing that New Komeito regarded the courageous actions of the members as something bothering, I felt really indignant. The current headquarters of Soka Gakkai is definitely wrong. I can not help but feeling like it.

I think it is natural that the members who experienced the wars and who even have not experienced the wars but learned it from the guidance of the Soka Gakkai three presidents, will wonder why New Komeito have approved the Security Bills. I can not imagine how much courage and faith the members required to join the demonstrations or else, holding the three colors’s flags high. I felt really painful when I think that how much each member pondered over how they should do and made agonizing choices to stage demonstration. We also joined the demonstration in front of the Diet Building, and we were given tremendous courage by the members who raised their voices even by oneself. It was as if I saw a hope. Even, it was possible that if they raised their voices, they could be looked on with a prejudiced eye in their Soka Gakkai community. As a result of the members’ faithful actions, the Soka Gakkai headquarters took the following stance: they made a critical statement which indicate they would cut off the members.

The Present State of Affairs of the Soka Gakkai Headquarters which is against the Heart (Thought) of Ikeda Sensei

Stepping down from the frontline, our mentor entrust everything to his disciples in order to train us since he was absent at the General Soka Gakkai Headquarters Meeting on June 2010. However, as if betraying the heart of our mentor, the headquarters is promoting the Security Bills behind his back, which could overturn the pacifism which the Soka Gakkai three presidents devoted their whole beings to establishing. I can not help feeling that the top leaders of the Soka Gakkai headquarters are against the guidance of Ikeda sensei.
That headquarters stated in the Seikyo Newspaper that they reached the decision with the permission of Ikeda sensei to replace some sentences in the Gongyo rulebook with new ones. We thought that because those things such as the teachings of the Buddhism and the way of the practice of the Buddhism are relevant to the eternal mentor residing in our hearts, I think the top leaders decided to report and consult about the replacement of the sentences in the Gongyo rulebook, and reach the conclusion to do so. However, in the case of the promotion of the Security Bills, which is one of the most important matters for Soka Gakkai, the headquarters has never mentioned that they got the permission to promote it from Ikeda sensei. The affairs of Security Bills is the matter of life and death for all the citizens in Japan, and moreover it could ruin the pacifism which the three Soka Gakkai presidents, who are our eternal mentors, have given their all to establishing and spreading. We think what the most of Soka Gakkai members were concerned about deeply is that the headquarters has been promoting the Security Bills without telling the members whether or not it is right or wrong in accordance with the teachings of the three presidents. To put it simply, what the disciples would like to know the most is that Ikeda sensei think it is right to promote the Security Bills or not. Also, we suppose that disciples think “We can not understand difficult things, but it is totally unacceptable if the headquarters and New Komeito are promoting the Security Bills without the permission from Ikeda sensei to support the Security Bills. Many Soka Gakkai members opposed to the Security Bills, but the headquarters have not made public whether or not Ikeda sensei approved of the Security Bills. It is obviously strange and wrong, I think.
From the viewpoint of “the separation of state and religion, it is unrealistic to think New Komeito support promoting the Security Bills, ignoring the intension of the headquarters or without the permission from the headquarters. I think this is something every Soka Gakkai members will agree with. If they do not consult Ikeda sensei about this matter in this truly serious phase, the way of the top leaders leading Soka Gakkai is not in accordance with the guidance and the teaching of Ikeda sensei. If not so, we can not say that the way of their running Soka Gakkai is not based on the spirits of “the eternal mentors, the three presidents.”

I can not help but feeling that the top leaders of the headquarters run Soka Gakkai to their own advantage. There are other reasons why I say like this: the way of the headquarters responding to us so far was not based on the teaching and the guidance of Ikeda sensei, but to their own advantage.
In January 30 2012, a female Soka Gakkai member, Ms. Takako Kobayashi, who lived with her fiancé with marriage in mind, asked a senior Soka Gakkai member, Mr. Mito, if she could decrease a copy of the subscriptions of Seikyo Newspaper, from two to one, for economic reasons. However, Mr. Mito refused her request, without asking her about her economical situation. He told her “You are faithless. That is why you can not build fortunes.” Actually, Mr. Mito, who made such a comment disapproving her faith, was one member, who was related to the fifteen Soka Gakkai staff, who were suspected to have caused embezzlement scandal. In spite of the monetary corruption, the punishment against Mr. Mito was just transferring him from the headquarters to the local district. Ms, Takako Kimoto raised her voice against Mito’s comment of denying her faith. Nevertheless, any senior members in her district had never listened to her, and unbelievably made a judgement “Ms. Takako Kimoto is prohibited to contact with Mr. Mito”, which decision was surely intended to protect Mr. Mito. Ms. Takako Kimoto could not yield to the judgement and continued to raise her voice. As a consequence, she was excommunicated from Soka Gakkai. We felt that the way of the senior members handling the problem was obviously not right, so we have tried to contact with the senior leaders in the headquarters by phone, letter, and email. However, in almost all the cases they changed the mode of their phones and have blocked communications from our phone numbers. (We would like to explain this event on a later day. )
In the current Soka Gakkai, those who commit crimes socially unacceptable are forgiven and protected. In contrast, to those who raise their voice against corruption or scandal, senior members have never listened to them, and even give the penalty of excommunication from Soka Gakkai.
We can not help feeling that the headquarters judges a matter, not based on whether or not it is right or not in accordance with the teaching and the guidance of Ikeda sensei, but based on whether or not members obey the headquarters, or the authority.

The Act of Seeking for the Headquarterss’ Explanation whether or not It Promotes the Security Bills with the Permission of Ikeda Sensei

When the Soka Gakkai renewed sentences in the new Gongyo rule book, they stated Ikeda sensei permitted the amendment. However, in the case of the Security Bills, they have not referred to the permission from Ikeda sensei. We think that the Security Bills is a problem which could topple the foundation of Soka Gakkai that Ikeda sensei has established. So, we resolve that as the disciples of Ikeda sensei, we have to confirm if the Soka Gakkai headquarters have got the permission about the promotion of the Security Bills from the Soka’s eternal mentor”, Ikeda sensei, who has devoted his life to spreading the pacifism. If the headquarters is promoting the Securuty Bills on their own authority, without the permission from Ikeda sensei, we definitely have to raise our voice. Although I was excommunicated from Soka Gakkai, I will carry on the struggle to support New Komeito. However, I do not think it is right to support New Komeito without making sure whether or not the headquarters got the permission to promote the Security Bills from Ikeda sensei. If Ikeda sensei did not approve of promoting the Security Bills, which could threat the lives of all the Japanese citizens, it will bring disgrace on Ikeda sensei without us knowing it, I think.

This means that the act of Soka Gakkai’s members supporting New Komeito earnestly could disgrace Ikeda sensei without knowing it.

The struggle of members- obeying the orders from leaders loyally, and meeting friends and acquaintances and claiming the rightness of New Komeito, without confirming if Ikeda sensei permitted the advocation of the Security Bills.
we do not think that Ikeda sensei would not like his disciples to carry on such struggle.
We, the three, are neither the staff of Soka Gakkai, nor its members now. However, we are determined that we are the disciples of Ikeda sensei. We also resolve that we have to raise our voice against the movement of Soka Gakkai which is the opposite of the guidance of Ikeda sensei, while chanting and struggling against the inner self-weakness.

*1 The Asahi. Morning Paper. July 2 2014. Print
*2 Hodo Tokusyu, TBS, Tokyo, September 5 2015, Television.
*3 The Tokyo. Morning Paper. August 30 2015. Print.


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



For privacy reasons, we wrote this blog under pseudonym except for the Soka Gakkai president, and the Soka Gakkai administrator. The names of places in Japan such as provinces are used for pseudonym.

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