On February 11 2018, We held a silent protest in front of the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo. The date was the birthday of Toda sensei coincidentally, and it was the twelfth time of silent protests, which was very successful and ended with no accidents. According to a weather forecast, it would be rainy, but we could see shining light between clouds, and it was clear and warm. This time, as many as 80 people gathered all over Japan, such as Kumamoto and Fukuoka. 21 of them joined silent protest for the first time. This silent protest convinced us that the movement of the transformation of the Soka Gakkai was expanding steadily. We could see each one smiling with delight.
In this silent protest, the Soka Gakkai headquarters hindered us heavily. At 1 p.m, we arrived at the cathedral in Shinano-machi. Then, the place, where we always had silent protests, was taken by the Soka Group. The most of the members were youth Soka Gakkai staff members. They held up the banners, which carried message “Welcome to the Soka Gakkai Headquarters!” It was clear that they did this to prevent us from standing and holding up banners there. What a stingy way! The attendants were filled with resentment. Then, a leader of the staff members came close to us. Kodaira said “Hello.” The leaders said “Do not make a trouble here, please. You are really bothering members.” Kodaira answered “No. Here is a public road. Do not prevent us, please.” The staff members stood at the center of the public road in line and were hindering pedestrians actually. One female attendant said “You said “You are really bothering members.” But we are (the Soka Gakkai) members, too!” Kodaira continued to talk “That is right. We are members, too. To tell the truth, it is the headquarters that made a big trouble on us.” However, the Soka group members did not listen to us, and just said “Here is a route to the headquarters” and held up the banners again.
Then, his hand hit Kodaira’s face and Kodaira’s eyeglasses almost fell off. The forceful way of the headquarters resulted in that situation. Kodaira pointed out calmly “Your hand hit me! It is violence!” Then, Kodaira explained with the spirit of “non-violence and no obedience. “Listen. Here is not a private road. This is a public road. And, we talked to the police in Yotsuya. Also, we consulted to a lawyer and the Metropolitan Police Department. Then we held silent protests here, legally. Silent protest is guaranteed by the constitution, and holding a silent protest is a right of nations. It is related to “freedom of expression” “freedom of speech.” So, we are not doing something wrong!” However, the staff members did not listen at all and just said repeatedly “Members are bothered.”
They are insane! They used members as a reason, saying “members are bothered.”What a dirty way! The reason that members join silent protests is not just they want to do. Attendants gathered because they felt the Soka Gakkai, to which the attendants owe who they are now, was steered in a wrong direction by Harada administration. They wanted to get the Soka Gakkai back to an organization, which is clean and sacred. That is why they raised their voices for the sake of the Soka Gakkai with a single-minded determination.
Later on, an female attendant body touched an security guard a little accidentally. The security guards are called “Nikko Security Guard” and the company was an extra-departmental body of the Soka Gakkai. The security guard scolded her, saying “Don’t touch me!” Then, the female attendant said “Is it OK to say in that condescending way!” Plus, the female attendant said “I am (name.) I belong to (a district.) I am a genuine Soka Gakkai member. What is your name?” Nevertheless, the security guard just told her “I do not need to say it.” The security guard ignored her. The female attendant said sternly “You can eat because of monetary contribution from members. How dare you!” Another attendant watching the scene intervened out of patience and said to the guard “We are comrades, aren’t we?” However, the security guard gave a cold shoulder and said “We are not!”
Stop kidding us! Staff members and employees of extra-departmental bodies of the Soka Gakkai are mistaken about themselves and think “We are more important.” “We are on the side of Ikeda sensei.”
-Staff members are on the side of Ikeda sensei- Do not look down on members! Ikeda sensei is on the side of members, or people, eternally!
About 80 attendants put up with the persecution from the staff members and the security guards, and kept holding up the banners with the spirit “Let (our voice) reach Ikeda sensei!”
The banners said “The top leaders should get back to the spirit of the three founders. Otherwise, resign!” After the silent protest, one female attendant said to us “We should always look back on the founding spirit of the Soka Gakkai and feel it. Also, I think it is important to get the Soka Gakkai back to a more humanely-oriented organization. I will not give up a membership by myself, definitely! I will change the Soka Gakkai, definitely!”
This silent protest became an opportunity for each attendant to deepen their determination. Each attendant set their mind on the victory of the next silent protest, and made a promise with each other to gather here again with victory in their lives. Then, they went back to their hometown around Japan.
Now, some people all over Japan are interrogated because of the attendance in the silent protests. What is wrong with joining the silent protests? Silent protest is a non-violent and peaceful activity, and it is a part of freedom of expression and freedom of speech. However, the current headquarters, which is self-righteous, consider members who criticise against the top leaders as rebels.
In the realm of politics, on March 25 of this year, the Liberal Democratic Party is going to hold a meeting, and proceed the plans of “amendment of the constitution”, especially “amendment of Article 9.” The leader of the New Komei party, Mr. Yamaguchi, announced officially “Regarding the addition of a new sentences on the Article 9, (in the constitution,) there are things which we should not change. It is Article 9 that support the idea of the eternal pacifism. Therefore, our basic idea is to preserve the first and second lines. Without changing Article 9, we can defend Japan effectively.” He appealed his idea to preserve Article 9, desperately. However, originally, the New Komei party and the Soka Gakkai must be driving force not to change Article 9. However, looking back on the way of New Komei Komei party as a coalition party of the Liberal Democratic party to pass the following bills on Diet “Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets” “The Security Policy” “The Conspiracy Law”, his words are not trustworthy at all.
Therefore, we, disciples of Ikeda sensei, have to lead the Soka Gakkai in the direction of the three founders! We have to stand for the silent protest and appeal to the media and people close to us such as our friends, our families and our relatives in order to safeguard the Soka Gakkai.
With the determination, we have decided to hold a meeting in Gifu prefecture located at the center of Japan on March! Let’s have a meeting in the Gifu cultural center on March 25 2018.
Among the uncountable numbers of stars like grains of sand in the Ganges river, we were born in the earth as a human being and encountered our mentor and the faith.
We fought with members as the same Soka Gakkai members.
We and the members had the same ideal, shed tears together in adversity, and struggled together to live up to the expectation of our mentor.
However, they considered me as a rebel, excluded me from the Soka Gakkai, slandered and disliked me, saying “You are not my comrade!” “Don’t touch me!”
The words which I have never told before trembled me.
Tears welled up with anger.
I thought it is you who made the Soka Gakkai worse!
I thought it is you who are against the guidance of Ikeda sensei!
The person who look down fellow members is not my comrade!
It is true!
They are not comrades!
I think Ikeda sensei will think so, too!
However, I thought I should hear genuine words of Ikeda sensei.
What Would Ikeda sensei think?
What would Ikeda sensei tell me when Ikeda sensei looked at me now?
I would like to meet Ikeda sensei and have the encouragement from him.
With the wish, I chant daimoku desperately.
I reflect on myself, but no matter how much I chant, Ikeda sensei in my heart tells me over and over
“You should think them as comrades regardless of how they treat you!”
“You should fight to build inner bonds with you and them!”
“The thing is not what they do but what you do!”
“It all comes down to whether or not you have the spirit of justice!”
Lastly, my mentor in my heart tells me looking at my eyes,
“I have fought that way! That is why your mentor is me!”
Tears well up and do not stop.
I have made a mistake again.
I did it again.
However, Ikeda sensei calls me a disciple and always safeguard me.
I owe who I am now to Ikeda sensei.
I encountered Ikeda sensei, which is the greatest happiness for me.
So, even if I am ridiculed, made fun of, and encounter difficulties, I will raise my voice of justice again and again until I die, for the sake of the Soka Gakkai and fellow members, who Ikeda sensei loves.
I will fight on to the end and cry out “The top leaders! Get back to the Soka Gakkai of Ikeda sensei!