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-Urgent announcement- Gifu discussion meeting on March 25 2018

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!
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The Report of the Kyoto Meeting On December 2017 (The First Part)

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On December 10 2017, in Kyoto in Kansai region, the Kyoto meeting was held grandly. Following Awaji and Kosaka in Osaka, this was the third time to hold in Kansai region. Fellow members in Kyoto had voiced strong wish that the meeting would be held, and it came true. On the very day of the meeting, it was clear and nice day, and many fellow members joined the meeting. The venue was brimming with vigor and energy.

After the first part of the meeting, the second part began. Everyone moved chairs and made a big circle. Then, the discussion meeting, where everyone can talk openly and freely, was kicked off. (This part became a routine of our meetings.) Nowadays, local organizations have no atmosphere to voice their questions or worries honestly, and many members can consult to nobody and suffers a lot without being noticed. Everyone seeks a place where they can talk openly and freely.

Mr. A, who joined our meeting for the first time, raised his hand and said “These days, I think the policies of the New Komei party are something wrong. So are the contents of the announcement made by the Soka Gakkai sbout the policies. By the way, frankly speaking, do you know how Ikeda sensei has been?”
Mr. A thought of Ikeda sensei, so it was natural for him to have the question. Noguchi answered “Honestly speaking, I am not sure of the truth because we have no connection with the Soka Gakkai headquarters now.”

In the Seikyo Newspaper and other publication, we always find the guidance of Ikeda sensei. So, many members believe that Ikeda sensei is capable and works hard, and has approved of the way of the management of the top leaders (The chief is President Harada.) However, is it true that Ikeda sensei approved of the top leaders? The Harada administration decided to exclude “the Gohonzon whose origin is 1279” from the subject of from the subject of owning without sufficient explanation even though Ikeda sensei had developed doctrines and principles regarding the Gohonzon. Since then, the Harada administration amended doctrines and guidelines of the Soka Gakkai every year, and on the November of the last year, they established sneakingly “The Soka Gakkai Constitution” while quite a many members did not notice the movement of the establishment.” As a result, the power of SGI such as money and the personnels concentrated in President Harada. The Harada administration started creating the authoritative and self-righteous structure in the Soka Gakkai.

Moreover, in contrast to the order of Ikeda sensei “Do not change only the Article 9, definitely,” the Harada administration did not say against the New Komei party though the party adopted a different interpretation of the Article 9 and enacted the interpretation in the Diet. What the Harada administration did was to defend the New Komei party and to make an announcement as following “We (the Soka Gakkai) know that the New Komei party made an effort to maintain the pacifism of the Article 9.” I say this is opposed to the guidance of Ikeda sensei, and the act of betraying Ikeda sensei.

Additionally, although the Soka Gakkai is based on the spirit of dialogue, the headquarters interrogate, punish,
and exclude members forcibly who suggest their constructive ideas, humbly but desperately for the development of the Soka Gakkai. If Ikeda sensei know it, Ikeda sensei will not accept the burnup of the Harada administration, never ever!

Noguchi exclaimed with conviction “I think it does not matter whether the health condition of Ikeda sensei is good or not. Now, the Harada administration is out of control. The thing is his disciples stand up, making the heart of Ikeda sensei as their own.”

Then, Mr. A talked about his determination, saying “Ikeda sensei is not a superman. So, he will also pass away someday. Until now, Ikeda sensei has told us “I will count on you!”like a thousand times. Then, I think I am put to the test now.” I think that Ikeada sensei is incapable to acknowledge the current social and political situation. I do not think that Ikeda sensei is not a mentor who is just watching his disciples suffering, in order to wait for his disciples to stand up. I am convinced that if Ikeda sensei knew the situation of members suffered by the Harada administration, Ikedea sensei will scold at them furiously, and kick them out from the Soka Gakkai, where the three mentors had established together with ordinary people!

Next, Ms. B, a youth member, said “Now is the time that each member is put to the test of how to live as a person. And, I think it is the most important now to “tell the truth.” I have dialogue with my mother, and she said “It is something wrong.” When a poster of the New Komei party almost came off the wall, she said “Take it off. Do not leave it halfway.” I‘m certain that more and more members in local organizations feels “The approach of the New Komei party to elections is wrong!” I want to raise my voice again and again. I think this is the struggle which we should take on!”

Her strong determination brought applause to the hole. The New Komei party is a party which Ikeda sensei gave all to establishing. Of course, we would like to give all to supporting the New Komei party only if the party set right agendas for the happiness of people and peace. However, the party forsook the faith and carries the water of the Liberal Democratic party in order to survive. We cannot support such a party. This is our crying of justice.

Next, Mr. C, who came to the venue the earliest, rose to his feet and and said with smile “When I was a chapter leader, I asked a senior leader who visited “Could you possibly direct a song of the Soka Gakkai?” Then, an assistant leader stopped me and said “It is kind of rude of you to ask it.” Everyone thinks leaders are something. So, everyone tend to think “We should behave to leaders this way or that way. Originally, leaders have to serve members. However, leaders were mistaken about themselves. The voice of Mr. C was getting stronger and stronger. Mr. C continued “Ikeda sensei will also pass away someday. The thing is what Ikeda sensei has told us. It does not matter how Ikeda sensei is. The important thing is we each(his disciples)stand up, risk our lives, and polish the way of living thoroughly. So, what we should do is to cause, expand the waves of “the transformation of the Soka Gakkai”, and make a solidarity, without forming just an organization.”

Ms. D, who sitting next to Mr. C, was moved and said, being choked “My life had its ups and downs. Who supported me in difficulty were members. So, I think that if I had not been a member of the Soka Gakkai, I would not be who I am now. I have faced many difficulties, and it was my fellow members who encouraged and supported me in each occasion. So, the organization of the Soka Gakkai is absolutely necessary! We live in the aging society, and some live alone. So, the Soka Gakkai, where everybody support each other, is very important. However, some senior leaders do bad things. I felt contradictory when I compare cultural centers which uses as much as money, with members in local districts who give monetary contribution while cutting down on their spendings. Even so, leaders spur them to give more and more, which made us distrustful. I would like leaders to change it.”

The cry of a single woman moved attendants. Everyone loves the Soka Gakkai when Ikeda sensei was seen in public. So, they hope strongly to get back the Soka Gakkai.

“In the Soka Gakkai, protagonists are ordinary people, forever!” “Kick out arrogant leaders!” Members want to follow the guidance of Ikeda sensei, so they raise their voice, welling up courage.

The Soka Gakkai embodies Kosen-rufu(the propagation of the Mythic Law), and it is life itself and the driving force to establish the world peace and the happiness of people. There is no organization which has a grand mission. (The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

I hope that those who follows our steps safeguard and develop the lofty spirit of the mentor-and the disciples and the Soka Gakkai, where the three founders had established. (The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

It is clear that Ikeda sensei hope for the eternal development of the Soka Gakkai. However, the spirit of the three founders are being broken gradually. In that situation, the mission of his disciples is to raise our voice from the down to the up, and get the Soka Gakkai back to the one, a right and sacred organization brimming with the faith! The development of the Soka Gakkai depends on us, disciples of Ikeda sensei.

The Report of the Fukuoka Meeting on September 23 2017 (The Fourth Part)

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It was a discussion meeting with like-minded members who gathered in Fukuoka to transform the Soka Gakkai. The time flied that everyone had talked freely about their own feelings and thoughts.
Ms. I, who listened carefully to others, started talking powerfully, saying “In the last Tokyo election, in a district meeting, I declared “I will not support the New Komei party any longer.” Ms. I had supported the New Komei party for long time. According to Ms. I, she went around and around and asked her friends, both including the Soka Gakkai members and not, to vote for the New Komei party. However, since it came to light that the New Komei party derailed from the founding principle, Ms. I pondered over and over. Then, she decided not to support any longer. Ms. I, a sincere member, thought “I have to explain clearly to friends who I have asked to vote for the New Komei party why I decided not to vote.” This was the debt of the responsibility which the person who had fought desperately must feel. Having made a determination, Ms. I thought the best way, to let her friends know about the activities aimed for the transformation of the Soka Gakkai, was have them see the activities with their own eyes. So, Ms. I asked her friends to join Fukuoka meeting. Then, her friend did in response to her sincerity.

What great power of actions and great belief she has. Other than this, she took on struggle in her district as follows; she consulted and talked to a senior leader, one of her friend in her district, about her honest feeling that she had worried about the recent New Komei party, which had gone wrong. Then, the leader, her friend, introduced a prefectural leader to Ms. I. A few days later, Ms. I met the prefectural leader in person and asked honestly “Is the Conspiracy Law truly necessary?” Then, the prefectural leader gave Ms. I a strange answer. In the meeting, Ms. I continued to speak “Surprisingly, the prefectural leader told me “Ms. I. What would you do if terrorists came into this room? As for me, I would shot and kill them to protect you. I would shot them with a machine gun.” Attendants were shocked and said “What?” “What did the leader mean with “to shot and kill”?” Ms. I continued “Because I am a believer of the Mythic Law, if I were put in such a situation, I would say “Stop it” at first. And I would have dialogue and listen to their side of the story. If they did not stop and try to shot, I would shot their legs or else before being killed. I would find out a way not to kill. I understand because leaders are responsible for the lives of members. However, Ikeda sensei would not tell us “Shot and kill the terrorists”, definitely.

Listening and nodding, Mr. D said “Hearing the story like this, the spirit of the mentor and the disciples is really important, I think. I always attempt to put myself in the shoes of Ikeda sensei. And I said to myself “If I were Ikeda sensei, what would I do then?” In my opinion, the person who has the spirit of the mentor and the disciples would draw a conclusion; not to shot and kill but to think “If I were Ikeda sensei, what would I do?”
It is right. It cannot be true that Ikeda sensei would come up with the idea “to shot and kill.” It is not difficult to imagine that way. We will get to the answer with a bit thinking.

Next, Mr. J nodded and shared his thought “First of all, the example which the prefectural leader used is weird. Ikeda sensei emphasized repeatedly “the century of dialogue” in order not to create such a situation. The object of politics should be to support this. Ikeda sensei created the New Komei party and prioritize dialogue with perseverance not to create such a horrible situation. I think the foundation of the faith lies here. In spite, the leader used the example. I say “How stupid you are! Why did you say what if terrorists rushed into this room!” Attendants gave applause to Mr. D in agreement.

Next, Mr. K, who was a leader in the front line of his district, started talking; “A top leader of Kyushu region joined a leader’s meeting and talked about the Security policy. The leader used the following example. “(Do you know) why gangs are afraid of the police? This is because the police have guns. That is why gangs also have guns.” Mr. K thought the example to justify that gangs own guns is not right. Then, Mr. K asked to a leader, his acquaintance, “I wondered what the leader talked about was wrong. However, that leader also said to Mr. K “If your family was shot by terrorists, you would get a gun, right?” Mr. K answered immediately “No, I would not.”
What on earth did happen to the Soka Gakkai? I wonder why the leaders base on the situation where we had guns. I cannot help feeling that the heart of accepting dispute and armament leads to warfares. The Soka Gakkai and the New Komei party approved of the Security policy, which made a more horrible scenario reality.
Mr. K declared “When speaking about the Security policy in his lecture in a foreign university , Ikeda sensei quoted a story of Shakuson, saying “Two villages have dispute over the concession of a river and consequently the both take weapons. Then, Shakuson intervened the dispute and said “You (the two villages) should throw away weapons and have dialogue.”This guidance is left in a book as the evidence of words.
Hearing the story, the leaders just answered “That is a old guidance.” However, can we categorize the guidance from the old ones to the new ones? We cannot. To justify the wrong bills, the guidance which leader give to members got worse and worse as well. It is a kind of mind control. So, I feel sorry members believe blindly what leaders say.”
Even the general guidance of Ikeda sensei was regarded as “old ones” by the leaders. I have to say it is clear that the leaders in the front line are being arrogant and lacking the spirit of the mentor and his disciples. However, the root cause of the deterioration of districts is the deterioration of the headquarters, especially President Harada, who strayed from the path of the thoughts and the spirit of the three founders. We have to inscribe this.

Moreover, when the security bills were put before the diet, Mr. K told a senior leader, welling up courage “I am against the Security bills.” Then, the senior leader said “Please don’t.” Even so, Mr. K did not bend his faith, and said “Personally speaking, I won’t vote for the New Komei party. But I will lead the district as a leader.” One attendant asked to Mr. K “Then, Were you demoted from a leader?” “No, I wasn’t. Because there was no alternate leader in my district.” Mr. K said, considering the present fact of his district. According to Mr. K, now, in districts, leaders do not put the guidance of Ikeda sensei into practice, so leaders were not fostered enough to take responsibility for the future of the Soka Gakkai, sadly speaking. It is painful fact that the Soka Gakkai, where Ikeda sensei established its foundation, is on the way of corruption.

The little time left until the meeting was over. Then, Ms. L and Ms. M, who were the mother and her daughter, spoke about their experiences. It was the first time for them to join our meeting. Ms. L said “I and my daughter were banned by the headquarters to go to meetings. Surprisingly, Ms. L and Ms. M were prohibited to be involved in the Soka Gakkai activities. Ms. L continued “A staff member came to my house from the headquarters and told my daughter not to. But, my daughter has strong sense of justice and talked about her honest feeling. That is considered to be “complaints against thee headquarters.” I had been a leader in my district for around 30 years. But the position of the leader was given to another person, automatically. Now, I feel that they did this forcibly. Also, I had been a deliverer of the Seikyo Newspaper. But I was told “We will have another person to deliver the newspaper from the next Monday. So you are ok not to do.” It was the Friday.” “What!?” Attendants said in surprise to know the treatment against Ms. L, a contributor to the Soka Gakkai. Ms. L continued “Because we were told like that, we cannot be involved in the Soka Gakkai activities. Leaders also told us “Join discussion meetings outside this area” “When you want to join the General Satellite meetings, you must go to the other regions.” So, now, we go to another region to join General Satellite meetings.” “Great!” said attendants, hearing about the tenacious struggle to seek Ikeda sensei in a single-minded way. However, cannot the headquarters take any other response? Wasn’t the fundamental spirit of the Soka Gakkai “dialogue”?

According to Ms. L and Ms. M, they were not beaten, brought “The Assertion of the Three Soka Gakkai Staff against the Soka Gakkai in Real Names”, and talked about the deterioration of the headquarters.”
Ms. L said “The leader is sincere and serious, so he thinks by doing what he is told, he can change his karma and accumulate fortune. That makes him difficult to understand me.”But I have to continue to tell him.”
Lastly, Ms. L talked about her determination, saying “I cannot let it through! The time will come that they will understand us! I will prove the truth! My determination is not swayed to chant daimoku , show an actual evidence, and let people around me know the truth!

Also, Ms. M started talking, saying “About a half year before I was punished, I had been bullied heavily by my district; People in my district had placed strong pressure on me not to join meetings. Even so, I continued to go to meetings.” Attendants voiced “Great!” The voice of Ms. M was getting stronger and stronger. Ms. M claimed “It was like sitting on thorns. They put so strong pressure on us not to participate in meetings. As I said before, headquarters staff members came to my house and prohibited us to be involved in the Soka Gakkai activities. In spite, I am able to join the General Satellite meetings and discussion meetings. I am determined to go to the two kinds of meetings, no matter what.”
Attendants gave applause to the mother and her daughter, who had fought with undaunted spirit. Hearing the talk, Mr. J said “It is like the symphony of co-struggle of the parent and the child.” I think such a strong bond is happiness itself. That is the true comradeship. The parent and the child just use the temporary existence in presence, but actually they have fought together during the three existence straight. Hearing that, they smiled and looked at each other. Ms. L said bravely “Let’s fight and win together!” Ms. M followed and said “Today is the day for the new start!” Her voice was brimming with delight. The meeting was closed with the crying of determination of Ms. F, who had encountered difficulties and had fought without being defeated. The lives of the two were shining beautifully.

Now, in the front lines, those who has fought sincerely with the guidance of Ikeda sensei inscribed in their hearts encounter persecution by the instructions of the top leaders in the headquarters. The deterioration and corruption of the headquarters are clearly seen. Then, the true disciples of Ikeda sensei following path of the three founders, have to stand up and bring the Soka Gakkai back on the right and just path! Let’s practice the teachings, “when one practices the Lotus Sutra under such circumstances, difficulties will arise, and these are to be looked on as “peaceful” practices” “To live like a lotus blooming in the mad water.” We are determined that we will make the next year (2018) the decisive one for the transformation of the Soka Gakkai!

The Report of the Fukuoka Meeting on September 23 2017 (The Third Part)

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Ms.F, who listened to others’ stories, started talking; “To tell the truth, my house is used as a venue for meetings. But, we have meetings very often, and women division members stays at my home until 9 p.m, and they do not care about it. Members who let the organization use their house as a venue have a big burden. Many of the attendants were listening to Ms. F with indignant feelings. Then, Ms. F said “I think since the headquarters rejected the Gohonzon written in 1279, the Soka Gakkai derailed and have gone in a wring direction.” Now, across Japan , like Ms. F, many members tilted their heads in question because the headquarters have not provided enough explanation about “the amendment of the doctrines.” The headquarters rejected the Gohonzon written in 1279, without proper purpose and explanation. Plus, they changed the doctrines as follows; Any Gohonzons are acceptable as far as they were written by Nichiren. Consequently, it caused a not preferable situation where new guidelines do not agree with the guidances of the three mentors of the Soka Gakkai. Then, many sincere members are puzzled and became suspicious of the Soka Gakkai. Among them, some forsook the Mythic Law. The responsibility of the headquarters, especially the top leaders is huge.

Ms. F graduated from the Soka University. Then, Ms. F signed a statement issued by the Group of the Soka University and the Soka Women’s College against the Security policy when the Security bills was brought before the Diet.
Ms. F exclaimed “I cannot disclose that I have signed the statement against the Security Bills. Even if I said so to leaders, they are not willing to listen to my story. I feel that your passion “to change the Soka Gakkai” is really great! I think the spirit of the three to return to the headquarters and “change the Soka Gakkai” is incredible!” Ms. F is also great because she herself let members to use her house and struggle as a central person. Moreover, she had joined the Kyushu meeting out of anxiety, welling up courage.
Kodaira told Ms. F “Let’s fight together!” Then Ms. F smiled. After that, an attendant mentioned “It may be bothering to say, to tell the truth, my house is also a venue. Another attendant said “As a matter of the fact, my house is a venue, too.” One and another attendant disclosed like that. “Great!” Everyone was impressed and started laughing. Many attendants were the central persons in districts and let members to use their own house as venues. Attendants were delighted to know that the massive tsunami to transform the Soka Gakkai is coming.

The next person who spoke was Ms. G. she said “I attempted to compare Human Revolution in wide version and the one in original version. And I have finished it.” Attendants were surprised and said “Wow! That’s great!” Ms. G looked through the paper which she had brought and started talking about the impression of comparing the two versions. “It is said the Human Revolution is revised considering cult problems and the discovery of the historical new fact. However, it is not true, actually. It was revised to avoid being criticized from many sides, to exclude those who were excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai, and to make the Soka Gakkai fit in the present guidelines.” According to Ms. G, the details were as follows.
① “To avoid being criticized from many sides” means that, for example, in the revised Human Revolution, the scenes, where Toda sensei smoke or drank, were almost all deleted. Plus, the names such as Sambo Sitsutyo “Assistant Chief of the Staff” was rewritten to “the Assistant Chief of the youth men division”, which sounds strange.
② “The exclusion of members who are excommunicated” means the Seikyo Newspaper started attempting that the names such as “Yukio Ishikawa”, “Kinya Takimoto”, “Kazumasa Fujikawa” are hardly used except for necessary scenes.
③ “To make the Soka Gakkai fit in the present guidelines” can be explained with an example as follows. In the original edition of Human Revolution Volume 2, Chapter 1 “Mountains and Rivers,” some sentences about Gohonzon are rewritten.
Msi. G concluded with conviction “The content of Human Revolution Volume 2, Chapter 1 “Mountains and Rivers” was changed to the one used in “the complete work of Daisaku Ikeda (Volume 144).” In short, the headquarters started steering the organization and have worked on the revision of guidelines of Gohonzon steadily.” Attendants said in surprise “Really?” Then, they agreed and said “It totally right!”

Next, Mr. H said “I will talk from totally different viewpoint.” He held “The Assertion of the Soka Gakkai in the Real Names” in his hand. “Reading this book, I thought this is definitely true. In the book the truth is written, and now the importance of compliance is highly publicized. And, (the compliance of) the Soka Gakkai is not formed well. “Is it true to punish the three with such reasons?” “Can it be true?” The story made me think like that. Plus, the three have fought with honesty, which made me sympathize with them.”

According to Mr. H, the last year, Mr. H read our book. He came to Takigawa’s house all the way and had dialogue with us. Mr. H said “I have been a members of the Soka Gakkai for 30 years. But I try to think like “This is the first year.” I don’t like scholars because they say “If Japan is peaceful, the numbers of nuclear weapons will be reduced” which sounds irresponsible for me. It is ok if they convince China or the North Korea, saying “Have a constitution like Japan.” But they do not take any actions. I think that we can keep the right (freedom) of religion on the condition that we have a open and free but practical discussion. What I feel angry the most is the New Komei party do not explain even when something to bring a great change happens. The New Komei party avoid their responsibility without explaining and showing their interpretation on problems like “We did this, so this is consistent” “The faith is right.” But when I talk about things like this in discussion meetings in my district, everyone frowned.”

Hearing what Mr. H talked, attendants sympathized with Mr. H and laughed. Lastly, Mr. H spoke “Now I feel really good to join this meeting today. Coming to this meeting, this was a good and humorous meeting. As for me, I approve of the revision of the constitution (article 9), But you fight earnestly. So, I really empathize you all. I will continue to support you.”

The Soka Gakkai should be a place where everyone can talk freely. However, after Ikeda sensei was not seen in public, the Soka Gakkai, especially the top people started telling “Confine your statement to this one.” If members have different ideas and say them, they were labeled as “members of the Communist party.” It totally runs counter to the spirit of Ikeda sensei, who cherished and encouraged every single member.

Ikeda sensei always told his disciples “It is ok to have different ideas.” “You should think by yourself at first. Then, with your ideas on the basis, share what you think is right. Additionally, have discussion and reach an integrated and better idea.” As Ikeda sensei said, it is our responsibility to make the Soka Gakkai the place, where everyone can share their opinions freely. The time has come that his disciples will create the Soka Gakkai, which is filled with delight and smile.

The time flied that everyone had talked freely. Symbolized by humor and tears, here was “the world of the Soka Gakkai, which was straightforward and made by ordinary people. The faces of attendants were lively and filled with hope and delight.

The Report of the Fukuoka Meeting on September 23 2017 (The Second Part)

福岡座談会②

The next person, who spoke, was Mr. D. He said “I was a chapter leader in the youth division. Since then, I have not trusted the Soka Gakkai. The reason is as follows. The recorded number of the members in my district was about one hundred, and we had an election, which was a big struggle for us. We visited members from door to door every day. I wanted to see them, so I prayed. But I could not see them at all. However, when the election was over, the number of members who voted for the New Komei party was considered to be 100%. I thought “What’s going on?”, so I asked to a chapter women division leader and a chapter men division leader “What’s going on?” “Have you seen the members?” Then, they said “Let’s accept it with the faith.””

Attendants laughed. There is nothing but to laugh. It is just “cheating.” Nowadays, the New Komei Party cannot win elections. It is natural that they cannot win as long as leaders make false reports. Leaders in the front line are exhausted. Mr. D proclaimed “I felt really angry to hear about such a false report because I had prayed earnestly(to see members). “Why did they do such a thing? They should be true to themselves.” Since then, I started keeping away from the Soka Gakkai.” According to Mr. D, he pondered over and over.

Mr. D continued “When I went to zadankai (discussion meetings,) The program of zadankais was always the same. And it might not be good to say, but the flow of zadankais were always not different, and in the end leaders spoke meaninglessly. If you ask me, I would like everyone to talk more.” “That’s right!” Attendants empathized. Mr. D continued “When the power of the collective defense force and Security Policy were debated heatedly, I was in question (for the attitude of the New Komei Party.) For example, if someone pointed a gun at you, it is not right to point back at them, I think. As for me, it is applied to the case of the right to exercise the collective defense force and the Conspiracy Law. I felt so badly that I consulted to many people. However, in the same boat as you, I was always told “You luck the faith.” Attendants sighed. What on earth has happened to the Soka Gakkai? Why can they regard “to have questions” as “to lack the faith?” The Buddhism teaches “”Not to be doubtful is considered to be belief.” Needless to say, these words did not encourage you to believe blindly(without questioning) or to believe insanely. Rather, by being true to themselves and having questions, we can deepen “study” among “faith, practice, and study.” Then, “deepened study” supports “deepened faith.”

Lastly, Mr. D exclaimed with determination “On the New Year’s Day of the last year, I thought I should not be like this any longer and made a determination to change myself. Then, I started to chant daimoku for at least one hour every day without fail. When chanting daimoku for one hour, I get time to think deeply. I also get an enlightenment. Then, it occurred to me that I should stand up, well up courage, and as a result joined this meeting alone today. I seek Ikeda sensei and think that I will live with the thought of “humanism” and “spirit of dialogue.” Also, I thought I wanted to do what I can do because we live in the world of chaos, so I joined this meeting.” Hearing the determination of Mr. D to stand by himself, attendants applauded Mr. D.

Next, Ms. E spoke about her experience. According to Ms. E, when Ms. E became over 20 years old, there was an election. Ms. E was engaged in activities for the election for the first time. However, Ms. E exerted herself too much, and Ms.E was exhausted mentally. Then, gradually, Ms. E fell into depression. Her husband was a not a member of the Soka Gakkai, and criticized the Soka Gakkai frequently. On each occasion, Ms. E tried to solve his misunderstanding desperately. Ms. E had a quarrel with her husband, but he did not become a person who understood her and her faith. The situation was not turned around and went on. Ms. E stopped sitting in front of the alter and also stopped going to her district organization about more than 10 years ago. It was then that Ms. E found the blog of the three former Soka Gakkai staff.

Ms. E said “I had consulted to my mother, and she said to me “I hope you will have a good senior or good person who sympathize you.” But I just said “Hum, I’m not sure.” Then, I thought I could not figure it out. Then, I encountered the blog, and what I had felt was similar to the content of the blog. In the blog, I found the words “You should create the Soka Gakkai, which you feel content with.” Reading such message, I thought “That’s the thing!” I have to fight up to the content that I feel fulfilled.” After reading the blog, I became very energetic and even started to work.”

Hearing the story of Ms. E, who had overcame difficulties and struggles and joined this meeting today, some members had tears in their eyes. Lastly, Ms. E talked about her determination; “I could not do gongyo at all, but now I can. Hearing the story of everyone, especially the one of chanting daimoku for one hour everyday without fail, I will do it again since I came here with the determination!” The eyes of Ms. E, who overcame the difficulty, were sparking with determination. Her story caused waves of applause in the hole.

I cannot help feeling that the Soka Gakkai have changed to an organization where members are not allowed to think by themselves and speak up. Members are urged to adjust themselves to the organization. However, some found themselves not to be able to do it. Everybody struggles within themselves. Ikeda sensei declared one thing that we must keep our mind; “You yourself must live your lives to content that you feel you are fulfilled.”

“You uphold the faith to be convinced with.“
In order to get back the Soka Gakkai, the one full of delight with the faith, as Ikeda sensei had established before, one and another Bodhisattva of the Earth” stand up across Japan. The spirit of disciples of Ikeda sensei in Kyushu, who fight with the thought of “the mentor and his disciples,” is increasingly framed.

The Report of the Fukuoka Meeting on September 23 2017

福岡座談会①

On September 23 2017, under the clear sky, in a venue near Hakata station in Fukuoka prefecture, the Kyushu-Fukuoka meeting was held magnificently. 30 minutes before the meeting started, when we arrived in front of the venue, there were three members at the bench outside who had joined the Okayama meeting. They were waiting for the time to start. We were pleased to see again and our conversation bloomed like a flower.

In the first part of the meeting, Ms. A, who who had fought together with us since we started our blog, spoke about her experience of the faith, with Ikeda sensei in her heart. We found that Ms. A had fought perseveringly. After the speech, the applause to the moving story of Ms. A did not stop.
Then, the time to talk openly and freely had come. Everyone had been waking for the time. The first person who talked was Mr. B, who participated in this meeting for the first time. With smile, Mr. B started talking with the material in his hand, which had made by himself. “Hello. I am very happy to talk in such a great occasion. My name is Mr. B. Today, I came here with Mr. C. Mr. C was in the senior men group and had lived in the same neighbor as me until one year and four months ago. We came to know this meeting was going to be held through the blog of the Three Former Soka Gakkai Staff. So, we joined. We needed courage to do so, but we did not want to die with regret. So we came here today. We thought if we had not come here, we would regret now. In that case I might die near future.” Hearing the humorous talk of Mr. B, attendants laughed, and somebody mentioned warmly “It’s too early!” The voice of Mr. B got stronger. Mr. B continued to talk; “As you know, Ikeda sensei retired from the President of the Soka Gakkai on April 24 1979. 20 years later, since May 3 1999, the Seikyo Newspaper has carried “New Human Revolution” focused on the retirement of Ikeda sensei four times (64, 77, 79, 80, 146, 1479.)”

In an essay on May 1 1999, Ikeda sensei talked about his feeling about the retirement in 1979. The title was “The sprit of the mentor and his disciples-Dai-Kansai-To win without fail-Kinnshu castle.” Ikeda sensei mentioned “The conspiracy scheme has already started to remove me and take over the Soka Gakkai.” Also, in another essay, Ikeda sensei declared “How poor the executives are. I really felt angry to see their cowardly attitude. They forgot their responsibility even though they made me retire.” Mr. B continued “Generally speaking, Ikeda sensei talked about the cowardliness of his disciples, which means Ikeda sensei could not foster his disciples enough. So it disgraces Ikeda sensei. However, Ikeda sensei decided to write about his retirement in “New Human Revolution.” Why is it? I think he wanted to leave the truth of his retirement to the disciples in next generations as an evidence.”

As Mr. B were talking like that, we cannot help feeling that in order for everyone to know well, Ikeda sensei wanted to inscribe on the history “the truth of his retirement of the Soka Gakkai President in 1979”, in other wards, “the history of betrayal of the top leaders in the headquarters.” So Ikeda sensei wrote it in “New Human Revolution.” In Gosho, it is written that those who uphold the Mythic Law properly encounter unfair persecution from “the evil spirit of authority” without fail. Ikeda sensei also proclaimed that as the Soka Gakkai becomes bigger and gains authority, some top leaders will be tempted by the power of authority, and get out of control. He might want to leave message to his disciples in next generations like “Many will be effected and defeated by the self-weakness (evil functions) in their hearts. As a result, they will get out of the right path and betray their mentor.

The starting point of the faith of Mr. B, who is honest and sincere, was the 11th General Student Division Meeting in 1968, in which it was announced that the diplomatic ties between Japan and China was restored. Then, Mr. B made the brave announcement of Ikeda sensei his personal principle for life. Since then for 46 years, with the guiding principle for life, he had been engaged in the Soka Gakkai activities in the garden of the Soka Gakkai vigorously. However, on July 1 2014, the bill of the right to exercise the collective defense force was passed, and on November 8, the Seikyo Newspaper carried the article of the amendment of the guidelines and the doctrine of the Soka Gakkai. This was the crucial trigger for Mr. B to be suspicious of the New Komei Party and the top leaders of the Soka Gakkai. According to Mr. B, since then, he began checking and making sure what the top leaders told or ordered was in accordance to thee guidance of Ikeda sensei or not. Moreover, Mr. B started researching the past of the Soka Gakkai and the New Komei Party. Consequently, Mr. B found that the forth, the fifth and President Harada, the sixth president, worked out many plans, but some of them deviated from the teaching of Ikeda sensei. Mr. B talked regretfully, biting his lip “Looking back the days since 46 years ago, thinking about my faith, I am really angry at myself. When Ikeda sensei retired from the president, I could not respond properly. I am really disappointed with myself because I could not recognize the greatness of Ikeda sensei at that time.” Attendants applauded Mr. B, who talked about his strong feeling sincerely and honestly.

Next, Mr. C, who came with Mr. B, started talking. According to Mr. C, living as a Soka Gakkai member for 44 years, he had something that she wanted to talk about. Mr. C said “These days, I strongly felt that the current Soka Gakkai was doing in totally opposite way to the guidance of Ikeda sensei. This is because members do not carry out the supreme right to “think by themselves”, I think. When members in my district were asked “For what are you involved in the activities for the election?” They just said “I do.” Some even answered without thinking “I do not give it thought.” I think everyone do not think by themselves at all.” It .is very scary. Eichmann in Nazis said “I do not think about the holocaust.” I think what Eichmann said is very scary. He did it because he did not think anything at all by himself.”

It is said that Eichmann, who was the director of a Nazis concentration camp called Auschwitz, was an ordinary person. He just followed the orders of Adolf Hitler, submissively. To conclude, it is acknowledged that the lack of thoughts such as “not thinking” and “not feeling” caused such an unprecedented genocide.
Mr. C declared “Since the last year, I have checked the blog of the three former Soka Gakkai staff and I sent letters about the three to the Soka Gakkai headquarters. To tell the truth, a member asked me “Did the three do something terrible since they had been fired?” Then, I did not know what the truth was. So I wrote the letters, saying “I have responsibility to explain about the thing clearly. Please answer to my questions, sir.” Still, there is no response. Plus, I wrote letters to New Komei party. In the letter, I asked what was going on about the right to exercise collective defense force. However, I have got no answer to the question. I’m not sure I should call this peace-addicted or indifference. They just have ignored me.

This is really scary. Staff members ignored the questioning of members-They should explain clearly if they are not doubtful! For what on earth do the Soka Gakkai headquarters exist? Many attendants were listening to what the current Soka Gakkai head quarters were like, tilting their heads. The Fukuoka meting in Kyushu were getting more and more heated.

The Report of Osaka Meeting (the third part)

At the noon of August 27 2017, in Kosaka in Kansai, a meeting for the transformation of the Soka Gakkai was held magnificently. We have no more precious and happy time than heated conversation with like-minded members who pursue the ideal of Ikeda sensei. Ms. F, who joined a meeting for the first time, looked nervous but spoke about her feeling, mastering up courage. Ms. F has a thought “We do not know you until we talk in person.” So, she had wanted to participate in “meetings for the transformation of the Soka Gakkai.”. However, when she got opportunities to join, it occurred to her that somebody was watching her on the station, so she could not well up courage. At the time of the silent protest on June 2017, she made her determination and asked her husband to join it together, Nevertheless, he said to her “You should have determination to go by yourself if you want to join.” Then, she gave up to take part in it. On the day of the silent protest, Ms. F watched the live video on Internet. On a later day, episodes of the silent protest updated on the blog caught the attention of Ms. F. In the blog, one of the episode said “I came near the Cathedral, but I could not muster up courage, so I passed through. However, I could not give up, came back, and joined the silent protest.” Another episode said “When the silent protest was over, people who had watched the silent protest applauded us naturally.” Reading the episodes, Ms. F thought “There are many people who think the current Soka Gakkai is something wrong though they cannot take actions.” The fact encouraged Ms. F.

On February 2017 Ms. F realized something wrong and unusual had happened in the Soka Gakkai. At first, her husband told Ms. F “(The Soka Gakkai is) Something wrong.” Reading bulletin boards, twitter, and the blog of the three former Soka Gakkai staff, the doubt of her husband was changed into conviction “the current Soka Gakkai is wrong definitely.” According to Ms. F, when the previous ward election was held, leaders in Ms. F’s district told Ms. F “(In the previous city election,) Because many leaders from Tokyo came to support us, We have to go to Tokyo to repay the debt of gratitude.” “Go to Tokyo to repay the debt of gratitude”- It is totally unreasonable. Ms. F said to the leader, showing her will clearly “I would like not to go because the current Soka Gakkai is wrong.” At that time, Ms. F had menopause, which upset her health. So, it was mentally painful for Ms. F to join district meetings and chapter meetings. “Some people may laugh at this, but I said to a chapter leader in the women division “I would like to quit a Shirayuri leader” Then, the leader took a senior woman division leader to persuade Ms. F. To the leader, Ms. F talked about the fact written in the bulletin boards and the blog of the three former Soka Gakkai staff, saying in the current headquarters, President Harada do not have dialogue. However, the leader just said “What if President Harada had dialogue with the members? Plus, you have got the information through Internet. So, it is suspicious that it is true or not.” About this, Ms. F told her feeling at that time, biting her lip “I was very regrettable and disappointed to hear “Internet is full of false information.”
Nowadays, members in the women division react sharply against information on Internet. On a later day, when the leader in the woman division came to the house of Ms. F, on TV Mr. Kaneda, who is the Minister of Justice, commented “The Maintenance of the Public Order Act is legal.” Ms. F said to the leader “How come have not the Seikyo Newspaper or the Komei Newspaper said against the comment? If it were Ikeda sensei, he would say against it as soon as possible!” Then, the leader told Ms. F “Umm, I think President Harada have a thought about it.” The leader just left the question unanswered. What kind of thoughts did President Harada have, despite that Makiguchi sensei passed away in the prison because of “the evil Act?” When we blindly believe the judgement of President Harada or the organization, depend on them and escape from making decisions by themselves, we have lost the spirit of the relationship between the mentor and his disciple. Without the spirit, we can not find pleasure or hope, naturally. It runs counter to the guidance of Ikeda sensei, “the faith which makes us more bright and through which we can build happy lives.”

In the end of her story, Ms. F talked about her determination “There was time that I wanted to give up the membership of the Soka Gakkai , but I have not. Today, I have met many members who have an aspiration to transform the Soka Gakkai. I would like to make this opportunity driving force to have dialogue with members in the women division or others.” Hearing the determination of Ms. F, the attendants applauded her.

Mr. G, who listened to the episodes of the members carefully, raised his hand. Mr. G said “I was excommunicated (from the Soka Gakkai.) But while speaking up, I did not have any intention to have my organizational positions removed or to give up the membership of the Solka Gakkai. I had just kept going and fought, speaking up “wrong is wrong.” Then, I was shoved into the corner gradually.” Actually, many members who was excommunicated or whose positions were removed were excluded because they had raised their brave voices out of their sincere concern about the Soka Gakkai.

Mr. G continued “I was excommunicated, but my son is a member. Because I was expelled, I could not join the ceremony for my son to be a member. Even though I was excommunicated, I loved the Soka Gakkai, and I think that I would like to foster my son in the community of the Soka Gakkai to be a successor of Ikeda sensei. So, I would not Ms. F to quit the Soka Gakkai with her will, definitely. Originally, the Soka Gakkai is a beautiful world without fail. If the Soka Gakkai is a dirty world, we would like to make the Soka Gakkai a beautiful world. Whether or not she will be a Sirayuri leader depends on herself, so I cannot argue against it. However, I would like to say it is important to raise her voice till the end and hung on there once she accepted the position. If I did not declare it, Ikeda sensei would reprimand me. I think the truth is that Ikeda sensei made the Soka Gakkai so bigger for Ms. F. I also fought desperately to hung on in the Soka Gakkai, where Ikeda sensei had made. So, I struggled not to be excommunicated. Even now, I aspire to change the Soka Gakkai as it used to be, and return to the Soka Gakkai. To make it come true, I will take on struggle with which Ikeda sensei will feel content. The thing is to love the Soka Gakkai and keep going without giving up never ever. The Soka Gakkai should be an amazing place. I am happy if we can fight to make such an amazing place together. Also, as fighting to realizing it, we can pave the way for our bright future. So, I would like you to hung on there. There is no more beautiful place than the world of (the heart of) Ikeda sensei.” Mr. G thought “I want to cheer up Ms. F. I want to triumph together with Ms. F!” The every attendants was impressed with the warm heart of Mr. G.

Then, Mr. H, who listened to the stories of everyone carefully, raised his hand, and said;
“In this morning, I joined zadankai (meeting.)” attendants said “Great!” and applauded Mr. H. Then, Mr. H said humorously “I do not have guts like everyone, though.” “No! You have guts!” “Patience is the manifestation of true courage!” attendants answered.

Before joining our meeting, in the morning, Mr. I participated in a meeting and had accepted many requests from the leader at the end, saying “Sure.” Mr. I began talking about his honest feeling “What President Harada and his close people do is not right, I think. This is because I felt something wrong about Kaisoku (the guidelines of the Soka Gakkai) at first. Regarding the New Komei Party, I felt something wrong about the attitude of the Komei Party to the Security Policy. Then, three lawyers declared the Security Policy was unconstitutional. Also, one of the lawyers was Setsu Kobayashi, who had argued against the criticism of “Shigatsukai”(the April group) to the Soka Gakkai. I thought we should listen to lawyers more, so I studied many things from them. Honestly speaking, the Security Policy is the violation of the constitution, which the New Komei Party accepted silently.” According to Mr. I, he talked with a local New Komei party lawmaker for about two and half hours about how wrong the New Komei party was. Mr. I showed the evidences clearly, such as original documents and so on. However, the lawmaker did not say anything, and the lawmaker had not argued against it. Hearing the story of Mr. I, everyone was disgusted. Why can not they talk naturally? If the New Komei party lost the fundamental spirit, “to talk with people, to fight with people, and to die amid people,” members who love the Soka Gakkai will cease to support the New Komei party.

Less time had left for conversation. A youth female member, Ms. J, who joined the meeting for the first time, started talking out of courage. According to her, in the current women division, members do not have opportunities to learn about politics, and leaders do not give any explanation, just saying “We are members of the Soka Gakkai. So please vote for the New Komei party.” Women division leaders did not care about how Ms. J thought and was concerned about the the New Komei party, and just asked Ms. J “Can you ask your friends to vote for the New Komei party?” In the past, Ms. J consulted to a lawmaker of the New Komei party about the disease of her family, saying :”Could you give me a favor and listen to me?” However, the lawmaker responded badly. The lawmaker made many excuses and didn’t listen to the story of Ms. J after all seriously. “Is the new Komei party is a party whose motto is the social welfare?” Mr. J was so regretful that she asked questions to leaders in her district about the New Komei party. Nevertheless, they said “The person who have question are wrong.” “You are wrong.” They did not answer to the questions of Ms. J at all, and judged forcibly that Ms. J was wrong.” Despite the response of the leader, Ms. J continued to walk on without being defeated and giving up. Lastly, Ms. J talked about her determination; “What my family was talking about was even if we exacerbated our distrust on the Soka Gakkai, what we believe in basically is Ikeda sensei and Gohonzon. It will not be changed. So, If the same thing is happened as the Shumon (cult) problem in the old days, we will follow Ikeda sensei and Gohonzon. That’s it. I do not care if I would be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai!” The lion-like roar of the brave youth without bewilderment caused the waves of making a deep impression on attendants.

Now, earnest members all over Japan who are concerned with the Soka Gakkai has stood up. The existence of youth is hope for everyone and it is the future of the Soka Gakkai itself. When youth stands up by themselves, the grand history of the transformation of the Soka Gakkai will start to rotate. The Osaka meeting in Kansai was ended with no accidents and with great victory. One attendant and another said alternately “It was a great meeting!” Although the meeting was over, everyone still got excited.

We cannot help feeling that the headquarters has lost the spirit of “humanism”, which is the spirit of Ikeda sensei. In the Soka Gakkai protagonists are “members, forever!” Staff members and senior leaders are not protagonists! The symbol of the “humanism” is dialogue and (discussion) meeting! Let’s cause the current of dialogue in order to transform the Soka Gakkai into the one of Ikeda sensei for people. Let’s transform the Soka Gakkai and make Japan and the world more peaceful and happier!

The Report of the Meeting in Osaka on August 2017 (the second part)

The meeting in Osaka, where is the capital for people, was in a vigorous atmosphere. After the first part of the meeting , we had a rest time. In the hole, it seemed that everyone could not wait for the second part to start and we could see the blossom of dialogue here and there.

Then, we changed the seating arrangement and made a big circle with chairs, and the second part, where everyone can talk freely about their own experiences of the faith, had begun. Mr. B raised his hand quickly and said “I have a question to ask. I would like to know if you have had anything unexpected to happen until now.” Noguchi answered “What I have felt as I have fought together is that we have gone through one unexpected thing and another. I can not see what will happen, but I asked myself “What I can do now?” And I have put it into practice one by one, desperately. Two years has passed since we started the blog. We could not see the future at all, but we talked with each other, and made an advance desperately, which is what we feel, honestly. Regarding a silent protest, we, the three, had started it. However, when we held the second time, although we had not announced the starting time of the silent protest, five people in three pairs, who loved the Soka Gakkai, gathered. Their warm hearts brought tears into my eyes. I shook hands with them firmly, vowing to change the Soka Gakkai for Ikeda sensei. Then, one lady called out “Let’s unite together from this time on!” Her words created the flow to hold meetings all over Japan. Also when publishing a book, a publisher, “Weekly Friday” (Shukan Kinyobi), interviewed us and empathized with us. Then, it became the starting point to publish our book. Publishing a book was what we had not expected.”
Noguchi continued “In the last silent protest on June 18 as many as 71 people participated. And the circle of our comradeship is enlarged to more than 500 people. We cannot see what is coming, but I think the thing is to continue to do what we can do now with our whole being.”
We felt that our circle of comradeship for justice was expanding, steadily and gradually.

The next person who spoke was Mr. C. He looked around and started talking: “Today, manly youth members also has joined today, so I wanted to talk. About 10 years ago, in the district, where I used to live, there was a spy from a certain party.” Everyone listened to Mr. C carefully.According to Mr. C, in fact, to revenge the act of spying, the district decided to send a spy to the party. A person who was chosen to the position was Mr. C. A leader who came to tell Mr. C about appointing the position to Mr. C was a member that had been nice to Mr. C since Mr. C moved to the district. However, the leader ordered Mr. C “Even if you were exposed as a spy, do not disclose you were sent by the Soka Gakkai.” Mr. C continued to talk sadly, “I could not believe they have brought up such dangerous request. I am a ordinary citizen. I am neither a member of CIA, nor trained to be a spy. I am not Jack Bauer, either.” Mr. C used humorous expressions sometimes, which made attendants smiled and the atmosphere better. According to Mr. C, when the leader appointed Mr. C as a spy, It seemed that the leader felt sorry for it within himself and the leader was suppressing his feeling desperately that he wanted to cry. Needless to say, Mr. C declined that order. Later, according to Mr.C, the leader protected Mc. C. Probably, the leader felt the act of spying was wrong. Mr. C talked with anger, saying “the leader, who was urged to do such a dirty job, has lost his original luster, and sadly keeps away from the Soka Gakkai activities. Actually, senior leaders used the leader and brought him such a task. However, the senior leaders did not do anything by themselves. There are such evil leaders in higher organizational positions. They use people who are submissive, and make them do dirty jobs. I say people who become scapegoated are those who are in mid-level organizational positions, such as the leader in the youth division who appointed me as a spy in person. I would like you to kniw people who are scapegoated are ordinary people (members.)”

What a dirty way! Members are not their pawns! How can they fool members into thinking!The act of spying is to steal information and manipulate things behind the scenes, which is espionage activities and anti-society activities as well. The staff members did not do anything by themselves and used a sincere and earnest member and a pure youth who devoted themselves for the propagation of the Mythic Law. That fact made the attendants sighed with disappointment.

Then, Mr. D, who listened to the story of Mr. C seriously, raised his hand quickly. “Now, We have heard a story that senior leaders looked down members and used them on the spot. To tell the truth, there is a leader in Kansai who came from the same place as me. All his organizational positions were removed on the last November.” The story of Mr. D was so shocking that many attendants gasped in surprise. Moreover, the member who was excommunicated was not just one. Some members who were in the group named “Kosenbu” fought together with the leader, and many of them were also excommunicated. According to Mr. D, The reason was that they were with the member in Tokyo who was excommunicated. It is totally unreasonable. What on earth happened to the Soka Gakkai? What is wrong to talk with members who was excommunicated? Nothing is to be solved no matter how many times the headquarters excommunicate. Rather, the spirit of the Soka Gakkai used to be the one to have dialogue to solve if problem has happened. The members who were excommunicated were all youth. The spirit of Ikeda sensei is to love youth, and believe in them. It is clear that the act of the headquarters to excommunicate the members run counter to the spirit of Ikeda sensei. After that, Mr. D posed a question of the headquarters changing the doctrine in 2014, announcing “The Gohonzon, which was placed in the place of denigration in 1279, is not the subject of keeping and praying any longer.” Mr. D said it was something wrong.

Toda sensei and Ikeda sensei decided that the Gohonzon, which was placed in 1279, was the subject of our faith. Nowadays, the headquarters exclaimed “Daikoku temple became a place of denigration”, but it is not something has just begun. It is clear that the headquarters insisted and added the reason (for their advantages.) Toda sensei declared “The only one Gohonzon which Nichiren founded and left behind, is the one in 1279.

“Because of the formula of the offshoot of complex, it(something beneficial) always comes out from the Gohonzon. So, it is meaningless to pray to another Gohonzon or else. We must pray to the Gohonzon which was placed on October 12 1279 because the linage of the others were expired.”
(Toda Josei Daizenshu volume 4)

Moreover, After Ikeda sensei’s position of a chief was removed by Daikoku temple, and the Soka Gakkai was expelled, Ikeda sensei said

“We do not change the subject of our faith. The subject is the Gohonzon of Ichienbudaisoyo in 1270, which is the purpose of the appearance of in this world of Nichiren.
(The first general SGI meeting, September 16 1993)

Therefore, the amendment of the doctrine, “not to consider the Gohonzon in 1279 as the subject of keeping and praying” runs counter to the guidance of the three founders. However, the headquarters have not listened to the concerns of members nor answered to their questions. The headquarters do not explain until everyone understands clearly and have made members worried and upset, consequently.

Mr. E, who is familiar with the teachings of Mythic Law and listened carefully to the story of Mr. D, joined the conversation and said as follows:: “Because the headquarters has changed the doctrine in a strange way, many problems happens like this. Mr. E talked with anger and pointed out things about the Gohonzon. What I am angry with about the changes of the doctrine is the headquarters said they would not consider the Gohonzon in 1279 as the subject of praying, but if so, what did Saint Nikkan, who we pray for every day, copy? In short, Nikkan copied and wrote the Dai-Gohonzon. If the Dai-Gohonzon is false, the Gohonzon, which was copied, is also false. When I told this to leaders, they just said “Umm.”

“Not to consider the Gohonzon as the subject of praying”- The headquarters amended the most important lines on the basis of the faith of the Soka Gakkai. So, the existence of the Gohonzon which was written by Nikkan, and which members have now, is toppled. We think that the headquarters assumes a significant burden of the careless amendment of the doctrine and principle, which upset members and suffer. Additionally, Mr. E talked about the shocking fact; “In fact, I have a friend who is a staff member, and he was excommunicated. Because I am familiar with the person, I was told “You are wrong” and my organizational positions were removed. Surprisingly, Mr. E was also punished because of the relationship with a person considered to be “evil”, “rebel”, and “a person who forsook the Mythic Law.” In addition, when Mr. E was notified of the punishment, a leader told Mr. E “Your positions will be removed because you have made inappropriate comments to senior leaders.” Then, Mr.E asked the leader “What did I say?” However, the leader just answered “I cannot tell you.” I do not understand why the leader could not tell the reason. Moreover, Mr. E made sure how other members in Mr. E’s district have heard about Mr. E regarding the punishment, and it was as follows. “Mr. E made a group in a group and was together with those who attempted to overthrow the Soka Gakkai.” An attendant said “It reminds me of the Conspiracy Law.” The headquarters conducted the thing as the same as the Conspiracy Law, by which those who has not made a crime could be punished. The headquarters used the vague definition “a group in a group” to justify. Additionally, in Mr. E’s district, members were told “If Mr. E visited your house, tell me, please.” Mr. E was isolated by his district organization. What they did to Mr. E was just bullying, exercising the power of the organization.

The Soka Gakkai got insane, definitely. The Soka Gakkai, where the three founders devoted themselves and established, used to prioritize dialogue. To discard the spirit of dialogue, to punish, and to excommunicate members who has the same faith is the act of forsaking the thought of human revolution- believing in the potential of human beings. “Discarding members who do not obey”- This is the evil thoughts to forsake the thoughts of the three founders.

Even though Mr. E was treated so badly, Mr. E was the person of being incapable of being defeated by adversities. He talked in a vigorous voice, declaring “As a disciple of Ikeda sensei, I want to continue to fight to creat the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei envisioned, together with you.” Hearing the hopeful determination of Mr. E, who pursue the spirit of Ikeda sensei and live his lives for his ideal, everyone applauded Mr. E.

In order to safeguard the spirit of Ikeda sensei, let’s show the power of people, not being afraid of authority or power! Let’s do this so as to safeguard the castle of people which Ikeda sensei established, definitely!

Reference
Daisaku Ikeda, The first general SGI meeting, September 16 1993
Josei Toda (1955 ) “Toda Josei Daizenshu volume 4”, pp.3493

The Report of the Meeting in Osaka on August 27 2017 (the first part)

Under a clear sky, as many as 47 members, who loved and were worried about the current Soka Gakkai, gathered in the JEC training center in Kosaka near Shin-Osaka station. The faces of the members, who came from many areas, such as Kansai, Kyushu, Chugoku, Chubu, Tokaido, and Tokyo, looked clear and energetic.

The first person who spoke on stage was Ms. A from Kyushu. Until then, she had joined meetings three times, in Kumamoto, Okayama, and Yokohama. Also, she took part in the silent protest bravely in front of the headquarters on June 2017. This time, we asked her to speak on stage, and according to her, she gave it a serious thought. Then, she accepted our offer and said to us “I have made a determination to fight. I’ll do my best!” During the month before this meeting, she gave her all to making scripts of her speech day and night though she had to work. For the last one week, she hardly slept in order to finish up her scripts. After working, writing and erasing repeatedly, she made a painstaking effort to write the scripts for Ikeda sensei and the Soka Gakkai. Then, for the day of the meeting in Kansai, she asked her friend to join the meeting, and did took part in this meeting with her friend.

According to Ms. A, she used to live in Kanto region. Owing to the trouble of noise in her neighborhood, she came to become a target of being stalked and harassed by a group. Stalking by groups is not so known in Japan, but in the U.S, it is called gang stalking and is considered to be a criminal by the police and the mass media. So, Ms. A consulted to leaders in her district, and even went to the headquarters to ask for guidance. However, nobody talked with her enough for her to be content with. Mr. A was depressed and it was more than she could bear, physically and mentally. So, she decided to move back to Kyushu. After that, the harassment and gang stalking on her continued, but she joined the Soka Gakkai activities gradually with the support of her fellow members who she had worked on activities together as she had been a youth member. It was then that she knew on Internet that the monetary corruption of staff members and “the issue of 1779” were not still solved, and those who used to be top leaders then are still be in the positions and controlled the Soka Gakkai. It was then that she came to know the three former Soka Gakkai staff, and read the book, “the Assertion against the Soka Gakkai in Real Names.” Reading it, she was overwhelmed and got indignant with the unfairness and injustice. “Is the Soka Gakkai an organization based on dialogue!” How come such things happened!’ Tears welled up from her eyes, and did not stop. Wiping away tears from her eyes, she went on reading. Then, she wanted to know if the things written in the book was true or not. On February of this year, 2017, she found information on the blog, which told her that a meeting was going to be held in Kumamoto in Kyushu. Knowing it, she was determined to meet them in person and to make sure what was written in the book was true or not.

“It is actions that cause new current. Actions inspire others. And actions themselves creates the history of victory of ordinary people.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

The actions of Ms. A deserve a true disciple of Ikeda sensei. Once she made a determination, anxiety grew and grew. Nevertheless, she renewed her determination, and said to herself “I will confirm the truth with my own eyes!” Then, she participated in the meeting in Kumamoto on February 26 2017. In the meeting, Mr. A heard about the experiences of the faith of Mitsuko Takigawa and Takako Kimoto. With the sincere way of living of them she was impressed. Also, having dialogue with attendants, she deepened her conviction “What is said to happen in the Soka Gakkai is true!”

Then, Ms. A saw the news about the Conspiracy Law, which could be the modern version of the Maintenance of the Public Order Act on the old days. Ms. A pondered and wondered if she should continue to support the New Komei party. Ms. A, who had supported the party with her whole being until then, thought she should be opposed to the party, which legalize the Conspiracy law and opposed to the headquarters, which supported the party. Then, Ms. A prayed and continued to have dialogue every single day with Ikeda sensei in her heart, saying to herself “How should I fight?” “What would Ikeda sensei think now?” However, she could not reach to her conclusion. After the long holidays on May, the day of a meeting in her district was coming soon. Ms. A felt that she would have an opportunity to talk about her struggle for the ward election, without fail. One the vary day of the meeting, she trudged to the venue of the meeting. As she had expected, her turn to talk came. A mc said to Ms. A “It’s Ms. A’s turn.” Ms. A thought “My turn has come finally.” At the moment, she was about to say “I have nothing to talk.” However, she said to herself “No way.” She came to herself, summoned courage, and said “I’m sorry although everybody reports your own activities on the ward election, I have decided not to support the New Komei party. Ms. A thought“My main motivation for the faith is not election!” “I am the disciple of Ikeda sensei. I cannot support the New Komei Party, which brings disgrace on Ikeda sensei.” Actually, it was the cry of determination and courage by a disciple who had sought for Ikeda sensei and had fought sincerely and with her whole being. Although the atmosphere of the meeting was calm, after that, it got tensed, and everyone became silent. It was as Ms. A had anticipated. Ms. A felt that her heart was beating faster and faster. However, Ms. A started talking, welling up courage, saying “I cannot support the New Komei party because they carry the water of the Liberal Democratic Party and promote Conspiracy Law, which is said to be the modern version of the Maintenance of the Public Order Act. The act brought Makiguchi sensei to prison and death. Ms. A went on speaking up, saying “Ikeda sensei is a definite pacifist, and do not approve of the law, which is similar to the one on the old days, which brought Makiguchi sensei to death, I think.” I thought something is wrong also at the time of Security policy. However, I was not sure, then. But this time I think it is definitely wrong.” The New Komei party used to be the party, whose spirit was to live with people and to die with people. I won’t support the New Komei party as long as it went back to the party for people as the old days.” Listing to her story, almost everyone looked down and became silent. Among them, some nodded and others were gazing at her. As for leaders who came to the meeting, they were stunned to hear her story. Ms. A thought she finally voiced it.” Ms. A felt that she was relieved of her worries.

I cannot help tears welled up hearing her story. The feeling of impression with the true crying voice of Ms. A, who carried through her faith, was spread to the attendants in the meeting in Osaka.

Her story continued.
Coming home after the meeting, Ms. A chanted Daimoku, and said “I have spoken up, finally. Ikeda sensei, please tell me what do you think.” Ms. A chanted and prayed earnestly. The next day, she found an article oversea, which said “it seemed that the essay, which Ikeda sensei had written 16 years ago, appeared on again. According to her, the essay (the message of Ikeda sensei ) said “We have responsibility to be opposed to national movement led to warfare and to the biased thought. Supporting with no opposition, no actions, and silence is passive. Ms. A was moved and trembled. Ms. A thought “This is the answer to what I played for.” Ms. A thought what she had done is right and just crying out seeking for Ikeda sensei in my heart was right! Ms. A strengthened her conviction that this is the true intention of Ikeda sensei.

Then, On June 18, Ms. A joined the silent protest and and was standing in front of the headquarters. As a matter of fact, on the eve of the silent protest, after chanting daimoku, Ms. A made a determination “I will have no chance except now to fight together with fellow members who struggle to put the Soka Gakkai back on the right track (the spirit of the three founders.) near the house of Ikeda sensei. What was based on and backed up her heart was the message of Ikeda sensei “Supporting with no opposition, no actions, and silence is passive.”

At first, Ms. A was nervous. However, many members gathered from all over Japan for the silent protest. Ikeda sensei fostered disciples across Japan who carry through justice. Standing with placards overhead, Ms. A became filled with fighting sprit. One hour passed quickly, and the silent protest was over with great victory. After the silent protest, Ms. A was full of energy, and she changed her schedule and decided to visit her friend, a Soka Gakkai member. Who lived in Kanto region. She just wanted to safeguard the Soka Gakkai. I say she is the model of a disciple with indomitable spirit who our mentor has fostered.

According to Ms. A, seeing her friend, she was able to talk with the friend earnestly, and to tell the friend what happened in the current Soka Gakkai, that those who are sincere and thoughtful have struggled to put the Soka Gakkai back on the right truck, and that Ms. A joined the silent protest that day. Her friend was listening to Ms. A with surprise, and Ms. A made a promise to see her friend again. After that, she went back to Kyushu with delight. Then, she got a call and heard that her mother was going to the hospital for medical treatment and operation in order to treat what her mother had suffered. Her mother was not a member of the Soka Gakkai, but Ms. A continuing to have dialogue with her mother, her mother became a person who had an understanding of Ms. A. Moreover, and finally her mother made a promise to chant daimoku. One day, when Ms. A asked “Have you chanted daimoku?”, her mother answered “Yes, I have. I do every day. When I do, I feel relaxed and am able to sleep well. Also, I get energy.” Plus, her mother told Ms. A “Even when I feel under the weather, I should think positively.” Seeing her mother saying positively, Ms. A thought “Which of us have the faith.” Ms. A was delighted and felt again the greatness of daimoku and strength of her mother. Ms. A thought “This is the benefit of joining the fight for justice from Gohonzon. I will make my conviction strong and do what I can do from now.” The heart of Ms. A, who carried through the pure faith, was beautiful. At the end of the speech, Ms. A declared “Since the February of this year (2017), while fighting together with the comrades who are worried about the Soka Gakkai and stand up, my clouds of anxieties were dispelled gradually. And even in a difficult situation, I come to feel the joy of fighting. I will continue to fight together with you with strong determination!” Hearing the experiences of Ms. A and her determination to fight with delight, everyone was crying and gave applause to Ms. A.

In order to put the Soka Gakkai back on the right path, “the spirit of three founders”, there is no way but to raise the voice of justice, saying “Wrong is wrong!” Everyone could not get out of their mind the brave cry of Ms. A, who had had dialogue sincerely. It is clear for everyone that Japan and the Soka Gakkai is wrong and in a bad direction. It is now that the disciples of Ikeda sensei stand up in union and raise their voice of justice to change the Soka Gakkai.

The Report of the Silent Protest in July 17 2017 (the latter part)

The earnest conversation of the attendants were getting more and more heated. Everyone became smiled with sympathy and inspiration in the circle of members sitting at chairs in the hole.

Ms. F raised her hand and started talking with beaming smile, saying “To tell the truth, I went to an university to attend a lecture on the study of Dr. Johan Galtung, which was for free. Then, I disclosed “I am a Soka Gakkai member” and spoke against the Security Policy.” One of Christians said to me “Let’s have dialogue between different religions.” Although Ms. F met for the first time with the Cristians and two persons who has no religions, Ms. F talked with them about “the ten worlds” and “the nine acknowledgements.” Then, someone said “I would like to know more about the core of Buddhism.” Ms. F talked desperately based on the philosophy and the thought of Ikeda sensei with the spirit of the propagation of the Mythic Law in order to spread Buddhism. Recalling the event, Mr. F said with delight “Now, in the world, many incidents occur, and Cristians try to solve the issues someway in non-violence. However, they have come to deadlock, and I knew that they also seek for something true and real.” The attendants listened seriously to the story of Ms. F, who fought for the world peace and the happiness of human being. Moreover, Ms. F talked about her episode of the previous election of Tokyo. Ms. F said “Two fellow members went to support for the coalition of the opposition parties to give a speech. According to the two members, a member of the Communist party brought into tears with delight. Then, they had conversation about “the accord between the New Komei Party and the Communist Party. The accord is something interesting though it was a story in the old days and I’m not sure it is applicable to now.” Like this, Ms. F shared a story about the agreement of “the accord between the New Komei party and the Communist Party. (The aim of the accord was to pursue the spirit of coexistence by Marx and was the happiness of human being. Ikeda sensei signed the accord.)

With the eyes of Ms. F sparkling, Ms. F said “I thought the accord is nice. However, I’m not sure that the current New Komei party could tolerate or not.” Ikeda sensei had had dialogue beyond the thoughts and religions for the happiness of human being. Ikeda sensei bridged friendship between the Socialistic countries, such as China and Soviet, and put an end to the Cold War. The humanistic dialogue beyond ideology and religions is the peaceful actions which Ikeda sensei had taken and is the direction in which the Soka Gakkai should go. However, now, the Soka Gakkai goes with the thought, to establish peace by the power of deterrence with force, which is totally against Ikeda sensei.”

Lastly, Ms. F spoke about her strong determination, saying “I will think about the way of propagation of the Mythic Law in this new era, and continue to have dialogue to talk about the greatness of this Buddhism!”
Ikeda sensei taught us everything-the basic principles. So, it is time that his disciples stand up and take actions!

Then, Mr. G, who joined this meeting with his fellow member in his district, started talking; “I think the important thing is guidance of Ikeda sensei, However, from 2006 to 2010, no work (the speech of Ikeda sensei) of Ikeda sensei had been published. And, leaders in my district did not notice it. During the time, guidance of the headquarters was not to deal with the expectation of Ikeda sensei in which arrogant leaders would show up. And the headquarters did not deliver the message in the Seikyo Newspaper, especially to the youth division members, like “Fight (against the arrogant leaders)!” “I entrust everything to you!” “Do not give blind eyes on problems!” I cut out and keep such message, so I would like to share it with you. I would like to study the guidance of Ikeda sensei with you, so please talk to me if you want.”

Mr. G had every book written by Ikeda sensei except for the series of complete work of Ikeda sensei. He kept the speeches of Ikeda sensei, message, guidance, and etc. in his possessions from 2002 to 2014. Also, had digitalized the speeches of Ikeda sensei which was not carried in books since 2006. Mr. G gave us the data, and we are allowed to use it, thankfully. In April 2006 Ikeda sensei declared “From this year, I am determined to make a big change. Now I arrange one by one steadily to crate an new era and the new Soka Gakkai.” Then, we found his message more accusative and critical at the corruption of Soka Gakkai staff members than at the enemies outside like Nikkenshu. Plus, in the guidance in October 25 2006, he mentioned sternly “The Soka Gakkai is not for executives. It exists for members. Do not suffer members. So, raise your voice if you find such a corruptive leader. Tell them “It is opposed to the guidance of the Soka Gakkai!” “It is against what Ikeda sensei said!” “Change from down to top!” I will take a lead! Let’s create the Soka Gakkai together, which is indestructible eternally!” Nevertheless, such guidance would be inconvenient for the top leaders, such as President Harada. The fact is that they are trying to eliminate that important guidance of Ikeda sensei without including it in his books.The story of Mr. G’s struggle to pass down the guidance from generation to generation evoked waves of applause.

Next, Mr. H, who joined this meeting with his wife, shared his story; “I guess many of you may feel like this. Originally, meetings of the Soka Gakkai are composed of the guidance of leaders. But, nowadays, we can find and see guidance of Ikeda sensei on Internet. So, before joining a meeting, members have already known the guidance. As a result, the influence of leaders became weaker. There is such a structure in the Soka Gakkai now, I think. This would be a pain on the neck for leaders. These days, leaders do not give guidance of Ikeda sensei in paper after their lecture. Leaders are ordered not to give guidance of Ikeda sensei in a small meeting. And in my district, a leader said “Do not take a memo about the guidance of Ikeda sensei.”

In the first place, message of Ikeda sensei for meetings was ghostwritten by the staff members called “Nakano School” in the First Secretary division. However, in the past the message felt the sprit of Ikeda sensei to encourage members. However, we are not sure that such spirit is put into recent message of Ikeda sensei or not. We think that top leaders use message ghostwritten by the staff members under the name of Ikeda sensei to give themselves power. “Do not take a memo”-We do not feel the sprit of Ikeda sensei from the words at all.
Moreover, according to Mr. H, Mr. H felt the more locally organization are located, the more strongly Mr. H felt the change of the structure of staff members in the organization. Mr. H declared “Staff members exist in local districts on behalf of Ikeda sensei. However, some of them behave as if they are actually in Ikeda sensei’s position. In addition, there are members who support such staff members. This indulges staff members. I think this is a history of the Soka Gakkai having been created for a long time. Such leaders stick to their positions and think themselves as something special. They oppress people who speak up and say their opinions. They have self-protected, and in this way the current Soka Gakkai has been created, I think.”

In fact, Mr. H himself raised his voice against the problem where his fellow member had been excommunicated unfairly. As a result, the position of Mr. H, in which Mr. H had been for 14 years, was removed. However, Mr. H flamed his fighting spirit. Mr. H declared “In order to keep the faith and to be connected with Ikeda sensei, it is important for us to have dialogue with sincere members in our own district on grassroots. I think it will make our movement expanded, so I and my wife would like to continue to have discussion with you about many topics.” Mr. and Mrs. H, who have taken actions to safeguard the beloved Soka Gakkai, received waves of applause. They are the exemplary of true disciples of Ikeda sensei. Positions and titles do not matter. Whether or not you have the singleminded determination to fulfill the vow with Ikeda sensei is the most important!

The time to end the meeting has come. Noguchi started talking “Today, Mr. Yumoto, a video journalist, who interviewed with us at the silent protest in July (2017) and created a video, came to our meeting. We put the link of the video on our blog, and it received a great response! Now, our movement has been expanded gradually across Japan and even across the world. In the beginning, there were only three members who took part in a silent protest, but previously, 71 members joined a silent protest. Our movement has become bigger and bigger, steadily. I will have “dialogue on grassroots” in a persevered way like this meeting or in meetings in my local area. And I am determined to enlarge the circle of comradeship for the transformation of the Soka Gakkai, and stage a silent protest together with you in the fall of this year!”

Our mentor safeguarded his disciples with his whole being. Then, next, it is his disciples that devote our lives, safeguard the Soka Gakkai, and create the history of the Soka Gakkai! I cannot help feeling that Ikeda sensei watches us in expectation that his disciples make the Soka Gakkai the place for nameless members not for the executives with power-just believing and watching the struggle of his disciples!

To“the dialogue of the Soka Gakkai”!
to “the Soka Gakkai where members are protagonists”!
to “the Soka Gakkai, which exist for members”!
to “the Soka Gakkai full of empathy and understanding”
we have to change!
The time has come that his disciples voice his teaching loudly!
The time has come that his disciples voice his justice, finally!

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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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