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

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

Kosenrufu, which means I believe in you.
Human revolution, which means I become a person who believe in you.
Believing in a person, their potential, and their justice and courage is the same as believing in universe, the Mythic Law, and life.
“Believing” is right, so the more deeply you believe in, the more you will be deceived, and your heart will be hurt. As a result, your will be tired of believing, feel regretful for believing, and will cease to believe in someone.
Life is absolutely free.
There are people who believe in wealth.
There are people who believe in the theory of advantages and disadvantage.
Also, there are people who believe in titles and positions.
However, I have believed in a person, and met the mentor, who risked his life. Then, I also want to believe in a person and fight with my whole being. I believe that that is the right path which our mentor showed us.

The Prejudice of Vice-Administrator Ehime against Us
On January 23 2011, Kodaira submitted the paper which he had wrote down what he had experienced so far. Since then, two weeks passed. However, there was no reply from Mr. Ehime about the paper and the schedule of the dialogue. The last year, the dialogue with Mr. Ehime ended without talking enough. Almost two years had passed since Kodaira’s comrades in his homeland were punished and their titles and positions were removed. During the time, they were labeled and regarded with disdain by other members. There were members who lost the connection with members, and some leaders told their parents “Your son (daughter)is rebelling against president Harada.”As a result, the bonds between them and their parents were broken. Nevertheless, they kept their chin up as the disciples of the great mentor, struggled in their working places, and when they saw members, they said hello with smile and expanded the circle of friendship. Kodaira thought such members were the models of Ikeda sensei’s disciples. Kodaira said to himself “how can I be staff (employee) of Soka Gakkai if I give blind eyes on the members who were right but were suffered unfairly. Ikeda sensei declared that members are his life itself. I have to go back to the headquarters and prove the innocence and justice of the members!”

Kodaira had received no response from Mr. Ehime, but he could not give up. On January 24 2011, during the lunch time, Kodaira went to the desk of Mr. Ehime to ask to make an appointment again. Mr. Ehime was writing a document at his desk. Kodaira asked “Sorry, vice-administrator, cir.” “Uh..” Mr. Ehime said and pointed at the chair in front of him to have Kodaira sit on it. Mr. Ehime said “Do you gather when you go back to your hometown?” Kodaira could not understand what he meant. Then, it occurred to Kodaira that he implied that Kodaira saw the members who the disciplinary committee labeled as “a group within a group.” Kodaira answered “There is time that I see them.” Then, Mr. Ehime asked without stopping “How many times have you seen them?” “How about recently?” “When is the most recent day?” He was talking in a way as if the act of seeing the members is wrong deed. Kodaira asked “Why I should not see them?” “What is wrong? “Then, Mr. Ehime said angrily “Don’t make a faction(group)!” Then, Mr. Ehime continued “You should raise your voice by yourself!.” “The disciplinary committee told you, didn’t they!” Such an action is unacceptable in the Soka Gakkai.” “If the system of the Soka Gakkai does not suit to you, you should be out of the Soka Gakkai! You should be out of the Soka Gakkai!” His voice resounded in the whole office. Kodaira could not help feeling that Mr. Ehime was saying indirectly Mr Ehime continued“You should obey the guidance of the disciplinary committee.” Then, Kodaira thought “Why did he step up, and suddenly say “You should be out of the Soka Gakkai?” Kodaira could not understand what Mr. Ehime was saying. Mr. Ehime had a strong bias on Kodaira, and Kodaira felt that such bias became stronger comparing with the day of conversation on December of the last year. Kodaira thought “If he were mistaken about me, I have to solve his misunderstanding. “ Kodaira told to Mr. Ehime “Why did you said so? I do not have a will to quit the Soka Gakkai.”

Then, the phone of Mr. Ehime rang. Kodaira had waited on the seat until he hang up. The staff around Mr. Ehime were observing the two persistently. When Mr. Ehime hang up the phone, he said in a calm tone “I do not want to say like this. You should not care about such things. You should move forward. I think your father will say so.” Kodaira said desperately “This is not trivial thing. Still, there are innocent members who suffer.” Then, Mr. Ehime gave Kodaira cold stare. Mr. Ehime said “Those who have got insane always say “There are members who suffer” Kodaira said “Ikeda sensei tells us we, Soka Gakkai staff exist for its members and to safeguard them.”Mr. Ehime declared “That’s right. However, everyone is a member. So It is not only you who are a member!” Kodaira replied “Ikeda sensei told us sternly “If you find a misconduct or corruption of leaders, you have to raise your voice regardless of their titles or positions.”Mr. Ehime shouted “Then, you had better do it alone. Do it by yourself!” His voice resounded in the office room. Then, Mr. Ehime screamed “That’s enough!” Mr. Ehime left his desk. Consequently, Kodaira failed to know if Mr. Ehime had read the letters and how he had felt about them. Rather, what he said was totally different from the content of the letters which Kodaira had written. So Kodaira thought it did not seem that he took the content of the letters into consideration. Kodaira felt angry at Mr. Ehime. Kodaira understood there was difference between his opinion and that of the Soka Gakkai headquarters. Then, Kodaira would like them to listen to his side of the story to know the truth. “That should be the spirit of dialogue which the Soka Gakkai. Why did they could judge us, just listening to one side of the story?” Kodaira thought. Kodaira did not think that he and his comrades were only members of the Soka Gakkai at all. However, the members, who had raised their voices with courage, had been treat unfairly. It is natural that Soka Gakkai staff struggles to prove the justice of innocent members. Rather, it should be Soka Gakkai staff themselves who correct the injustice of its staff. Problem is the fact that the injustice and corruption was covered up, and members were made scapegoats instead. Soka Gakkai staff exist to devote themselves to its members. However, when we asked for dialogue desperately to talk about the truth of members, they considered our movement as a rebel. In the end, they told Kodaira “You should quit the staff and the member of the Soka Gakkai. Kodaira thought it was totally opposite to what Ikeda sensei had said. Soka Gakkai staff cannot champion the Soka Gakkai on the condition that they do not devote themselves to a single member.

On February 9 2011, Kodaira got a chance to meet and talk with a member in women’s division in Kyushu. As talking about his personal history such as his family and why Kodaira came to Kyushu, Kodaira got onto the subject of his experiences which he had had for nine years. The female member listened to Kodaira seriously. After Kodaira finished talking, the female member started to talk. “When you came to Kyushu, we, members in Kyushu, talked and reached a consensus,“Those who complain about the Soka Gakkai have come to Kyushu. He probably complained about Ikeda sensei. That would be why his positions and titles were removed. But we said “We should treat him without prejudice. Rather than that, because we are Soka family, if we find him something wrong, we should point it out.””She added “As talking with you, we were surprised because you did not say any excuses and something wrong. One day, when I found you supporting a candidate for an election from the New Komeito party, talked to me in smile and politely. My impression on you totally changed then.” The female member continued “When I talked with my husband, he also said “Kodaira is a totally different person as I heard. He is a very nice man, but why were his positions and titles were removed, and was he transferred to Kyushu?” My husband also said “I heard that Kodaira complained about executives, but actually he pointed out misconducts of executives and in a result was transferred, wasn’t he?” I could not believe that such things could happen in the Soka Gakkai.”

Actually, Kodaira was a person whose positions and titles in the Soka Gakkai were removed. It is natural that people see Kodaira with bias. However, the female member treated Kodaira frankly and sincerely. Kodaira was moved as much as almost to tears. Again, Kodaira felt that the thanks to members, the Soka Gakkai runs, and its staff could exist. Its staff must not think that they have authority and must be cautious not to be carried away. Its staff must not be affected by the sense of superiority or elitism. Kodaira made a determination that he would grow up as much as he could fight for members adequately. Kodaira thought “ Anyway, I have to do what I think is right one by one. First of all, I should not look away from a problem in front. I have to deal with it one by one, persistently.”

Kodaira had got no response from vice-administrator Ehime since Kodaira was told “That’s enough! On January 24th.” Kodaira could not help thinking that Mr. Ehime accepted the information from the headquarters without questioning and was mistaken about him. Kodaira was determined he had to solve his misunderstanding and eliminate his prejudice. As time went by, the false information would circulate and spread. Kodaira wanted Mr. Ehime to take enough time to listen to Kodaira’s story as soon as possible.
On February 24th 2011, after chanting daimoku in the morning meeting, Kodaira asked to Mr. Ehime out of courage, saying “Could you possibly make time to talk to me, cir?” However, Mr. Ehime answered “I won’t have dialogue with you! I’ve decided!” Kodaira asked “Why is that, cir?” “You should ask to yourself! I won’t!” Mr. Ehime said, and left the place. Kodaira got upset and always felt depressed with such response when he treated Kodaira in that way . Kodaira reflected on himself and was angry at himself because of his weakness. Then, Kodaira pondered and chanted daimoku in such occasions. When Kodaira chanted daimoku and thought of the guidance and teachings of Ikeda sensei, Kodaira could not find any valid reasons why Kodaira had been refused to have dialogue. During lunch break, Kodaira chanted earnestly. Then, Kodaira thought he should not leave this thing alone. Then, Kodaira decided to make sure of the true intention of Mr. Ehime.. Kodaira said to himself “Let’s go to meet him again!”

At the night, Kodaira welled up courage and asked to Mr. Ehime, who finished eating in the cafeteria on the first floor. “Could you possibly have read the paper in the letters, cir?” Mr. Ehime answered “Yes, I did.” Kodaira said “You said before you would give me time to talk after reading the paper, cir” “You told about me to President Harada. I don’t want to talk to a person who do such a thing.” Mr. Ehime said.
Kodaira sent a letter to President Harada on January 27 2011. In the letter Kodaira wrote what Kodaira heard from Mr. Ehime as follows; “The object of the project of personnel shift was actually punishment against me to give me a chance to restart my job and faith. Then, the transfer was done by the headquarters out of mercy.”
Kodaira thought that Mr. Ehime would have be rebuked because of the letter. However, it was important for Kodaira to know whether the transfer was a part of program with the aim for business exchange or punishment against Kodaira. It was natural that Kodaira wanted to know about the fact as a person concerned. In the first place, the disciplinary committee made a judgement “There was no problems with the three as Soka Gakkai staff” “It is not the matter that the corporate body of the Soka Gakkai should not deal with.” “From this, if the transfer was conducted as punishment against Kodaira, we have to say it was an unfair personnel shift.” Kodaira thought.

The reason for the transfer that Kodaira was notified in the headquarters was different from the one Kodaira heard from Mr. Ehime. Kodaira thought “Why is it wrong to tell President Harada about the difference, candidly, and to point out the wrongness of the transfer?” Kodaira found that Mr. Ehime was just eager to avoid displeasing President Harada and the other top leaders. So, Kodaira could not help feeling Mr. Ehime was doing this for self-protection, and he wanted to obscure the issue and end it.

“The organization fall into the state of corruption easily, and tend to become bureaucratic. In that case, we have to have the viewpoint that we can find truth and justice in “people” who are always working in reality. If we lost this point of view, any organization would become corrupt.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

If the headquarters exclude people without listening to their side of story, the organization will become more and more authoritarian and rigid. The faces of his fellow members came up on Kodaira’s mind. Kodaira thought he was able to become Soka Gakkai staff thanks to his serious father, his earnest mother, and other members who brought up Kodaira like a warm family. Also, Kodaira thought he was a disciple of Ikeda sensei and one of ordinary people. “I will never be affected by the elitism and the sense of superiority which Soka Gakkai staff tend to have! What should I do to be so?” Kodaira said to himself. “Keep struggling is the only way! I have to carry through my faith in accordance with the guidance of Ikeda sensei. No matter how I would be treated by others, I cannot betray my mentor within myself. All I want is to please Ikeda sensei.That is everything.”

The Days that Noguchi Was Given No Jobs
On February 1 2011, Noguchi moved to Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku alone, and he started a new life in an condominium with a eight tatami mat room. Noguchi went to his working place the first time, and greeted in a morning meeting. Noguchi said “My name is Yusuke Noguchi. I was transferred from the headquarters. I would like to do everything for Ikeda sensei and members in this new place. In the Soka Gakkai activities, I will fight as a single male division member.” Noguchi took over the jobs of one female staff who had worked for two years. The main job of Noguchi was to bring together information in meetings, to make a summary in a sheet of paper, and to send emails to the headquarters. However, It just took 10-15 minutes for Noguchi to finish the jobs. It was not the job which Noguchi, who had worked for 10 years, was in charge of. Needless to say, Noguchi did not want to determine which job is better or not. Noguchi wanted to take on any chores because the spirit of Soka Gakkai staff represents devotion. However, the amount of his jobs was too small, and his average time of his jobs per day was no more than 30 minutes.

Noguchi spent the days that he was just sitting at his desk most of his working time. There was few staff who talked to Noguchi. Noguchi was just sitting in the center of the room. Noguchi wanted to work, but was not given any jobs. Noguchi asked to his boss candidly “Is there something I can help with your jobs?” Nevertheless, his answer was “ I will think about it”, and he ended talking. The salary of Soka Gakkai staff was based on the contribution of members. In order to make such contribution, each member works desperately every day in their working place, saves money, and gives it to charity. Noguchi could not think he worked enough for the sincere devotion of members. Noguchi felt a sense of guilty because he felt he was like a thief of salary. Such feelings became stronger and stronger as time passed by. When the working time was over, Noguchi left the office for his condominium without working overtime, every day. The leaders in the youth division warned to Noguchi that he should refrain from attending meetings, siting the following reason “Noguchi is Soka Gakkai staff, but he has no positions. We should not give members any concerns.” Noguchi was allowed to participate in only General Satellite Leaders’ Meetings. He was, as if, suspended from other activities. Noguchi lived in his condominium in Shikoku without his beloved families, friends, and his acquaintances. All Noguchi could do is to learn the guidance and teachings of Ikeda sensei, and to chant daimoku, desperately. Noguchi thought because he was prohibited to join Soka Gakkai activities, what he could do is to report to Ikeda sensei about the mistreatment against the innocent members in his homeland.

Noguchi chanted and pondered over and over what he should do to deliver the letter to Ikeda sensei, and what he should do to realize the dialogue with president Harada. Noguchi thought that his present mission was to report the real state of the Soka Gakkai, to get back to his homeland and to prove the innocence of the members. Noguchi said to himself “First of all, I should confirm to Mr. Miyazaki, a director in his office, the reason why it was decided that I would be transferred. Then, Mr. Miyazaki told him “Your life should be based on the faith.” Noguchi wondered that he was worried about my faith though I have never talked with him. Noguchi felt that like Kodaira, Mr. Miyazaki may hear that Noguchi was the one who refused to sign the written pledge and did not follow the guidance and the decision of the headquarters. Noguchi thought that if Mr. Miyazaki was mistaken about him, he had to solve the misunderstanding of Mr. Miyazaki. Also, Noguchi thought the influence of the headquarters was huge and if Noguchi could not make dialogue with president Harada come true, Noguchi thought, such a treatment against the members would never be stopped. Noguchi said to himself “I cannot be silent in Shikoku, where is far away from Tokyo. I will not allow what I experienced to be covered up.

On February 14 2011, Noguchi made a phone call to Mr. Tokushima, a director, who Noguchi handed the application form for making an appointment with president Harada before Noguchi had left the headquarters for Shikoku. Noguchi asked to Mr. Tokushima “Have you handed my letters to President Harada, cir? I still have not received a reply from him.” Mr. Tokushima said “I have. I think he have read them.” “I have waited for his response. In the letters, I asked him to listen to my side of the story. Could I possibly get response from him, cir?” Noguchi asked. Then, Tokushima answered “President Harada is so busy that he cannot reply to every message.” Noguchi thought it was something wrong. This is because Noguchi was told by president Harada “You should make an appointment in the staff room.” Then, Noguchi did it as he had said. Noguchi got worried and asked “How should I get to know what is going on?” Tokushima said “There is no way but to wait more.” Then, Noguchi replied “How long should I wait? I would like to receive a reply from president Harada, cir.” Tokushima said “You can write another letter as it was if you want to get a reply.” Then, Noguchi asked “Are you a person who in charge of dealing with and confirming requests for making an appointment?” He answered “Yes, I am. Please wait.” After that, Noguchi hung up the phone.
Again, Noguchi was told to write letters addressed to president Harada. Plus, Mr. Tokushima emphasized that Noguchi should write letters again though President Harada had not responded to Noguchi’s letters so far. Moreover, Mr. Tokushima implied there could be no response only if Noguchi waited for it. “It totally did not make sense” Noguchi thought. It was not coherent and sincere. For what had Noguchi written letters? For what was the post of a contact person created? However, there was no effective way but to write letters to president Harada in order to talk with him. Noguchi said to himself “I will write letters to get a reply from him once again!”

“To win or to lose…if you give up, you will lose, immediately.
(the guidance of Ikeda sensei)

On March 21 2011, Noguchi posted letters, which was the second-time attempt. The contents was as follows; “I have prayed desperately to receive a reply. However, I am anxious after hearing “You might not get response from President Harada.” I fear that they might give blind eyes on the problems. I am really sorry that I ask you again for your response. But I really need your reply on our letters, so I have written letters again.” “Could you possibly listen to our side of the story? I will accept any judgement if you listen, acknowledge, and judge.” If you find something wrong with us, I will definitely reflect on and change myself.”

Next day, on March 22, Noguchi phoned Mr. Tokushima, and told “After talking with you, I wrote letters to President Harada. I posted the letters addressed to you. So please hand them to him, cir.” Mr. Tokushima accepted the request, saying “Yes, I will.” After posting letters in Shikoku, Noguchi prayed and waited for reply.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Write Letters to Mrs. Yamanashi Again

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

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

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

The 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.












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The Three Former Soka Gakkai Staff

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

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

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

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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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