No.5 The True Nature of Soka Gakkai Headquarter; No Dialogues(February 2010-March 2010)

The stagnation of dialogues and that of the freedom of speech will lead to the stagnation of the development of Soka Gakkai. The important thing is to raise your voice claiming “ justice is justice and truth is truth.” You do not need to be silent. You do not need to be afraid, neither. Your strong singleminded determination and the gale of actions will dispel the clouds appearing in the dark sky, and the victory of the sun will rise and shine. Regardless of how people react or how the temporary circumstances are, it will go down in history as the fact that you have raised the voice of justice.
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Our mentor claimed
“The stagnation of dialogues is the stagnation of Kousen-rufu (the propagation of the Mystic Law).
“The stagnation of dialogues is the stagnation of the development of Soka Gakkai.”
“ Therefore, The dialogues are the justice and you can find the essence of the relationship between the mentor and the disciples in dialogues.
Dialogues represent Soka Gakkai, and represent courages.”

Therefore, you! You should not give up whatever!
Based on the guidance and the messages of Ikeda sensei, build the future of Soka Gakkai, with the true and sincere dialogues.

Even when we were fooled and kicked up by ones with extreme envy, raise the banner of dialogue high with courage.
Believe in the hearts of people and their potential, and put your heart and soul into courageous dialogues.
Where there is a dialogue, there is the development of Soka Gakkai.
Where there is a dialogue, there is the development of Kosen-Rufu.
Therefore, you!
Please do not forget that it is when we take on the challenges of having “dialogues” that the history of relationship between the mentor and the disciples were engraved in our hearts.

In February 25 2010 in the staff general meeting, it was announced that Kodaira would be transferred to Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu as of April. He was ready to stand any difficulty. However, in the local district, there were members who were treated unfairly because he had raised the voices of justice against the corruption of the staff sent from the headquarter. He had to report the fact with whatever it took before he left for Kyushu. There was little time left. Kodaira continued to chant desperately.
The next week, March 1, Mr. Ibaragi was able to hand to Miyagi vice-president our letter addressed to Ikeda sensei. However, just after that, Kodaira was suddenly called to come to a single room by the manager of his office, who was the boss of Kodaira. He said “I was told by Aomori Vice President “Kodaira, staff in your office, came to hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president (one of sons of Ikeda sensei as Aomori vice-president). Give him warnings about it.” Aomori vice-president was the top supervisor of Kodaira’s office, so he was the boss of the office manager.

Kodaira asked the office manager honestly “Why is it not allowed to hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president?” “Why should I am given warnings from you and Aomori vice-president sir?”

If I did something wrong on my jobs, I should be punished. I can understand it. Handing a letter to Aomori vice-president to consult about the corruption of the headquarter staff was a different story, I thought. Taking their working time into consideration, we went to hand the letters, before the starting time of work.

Asked by Kodaira, the office manager kept silent as if he was at a loss for an answer. It seemed that he did not know and could not explain why it was not good to hand the letter to Miyagi vice-president to consult. The silence continued. Then, Kodaira asked “If you could not explain about the reason, could I possibly hear it straight from Aomori vice-president?” The office manager answered “Alright, I will ask him.”

The next day, March 2, Kodaira asked the office manager if he asked Aomori vice-president about the reason. He said “Aomori vice-president said “It’s impossible (to talk).” Kodaira explained desperately: “Because Aomori vice-president and other top leaders did not speak and listen to us, we could not help but handing a letter to Miyagi vice-president.” “I can not understand why I must not hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president. I can not promise not to hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president to consult.” Then, the office manager told Kodaira “Alright, you can not make a promise. I will report what you said as it was!” “Because of this, you might be called for punishment by the staff disciplinary committee.” The office manager said in a clogged voice. Kodaira could not understand by any means why the act of handing a letter to Miyagi vice-president itself would be a subject to punishment. (However, it became a subject to punishment later on.)Still, Kodaira did not explained to the office manager in details about the issues which he had experienced. So, Kodaira felt all the more that he would like the office manager to know the truth, through his own ears and eyes. We had to face and challenge the rooted submissive disposition of Soka Gakkai staff to follow the orders from his boss without considering the contents.

In March 13, Kodaira asked the office manager to take time to listen to him, and explained the series of events he had experienced, for two hours and a half. The office manager was just nodding. Then, Kodaira asked him to ask to Aomori vice-president and to make sure the reason why it was not allowed to hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president.

Against this, Aomori vice-president ordered the office manager to stop Kodaira from handing the letter to Miyagi vice-president. He also proposed to the Staff disciplinary committee that we had infringed the staff codes, and continued to criticize us indirectly. We thought if Aomori vice-president was mistaken about us, we had to solve the misunderstanding. There was no way for us but to talk with Aomori vice-president.

One week before Kodaira move to Kyushu, March 25 2010, Kodaira went to the desk of Aomori vice-president before the start of the work day. Kodaira asked “Could you possibly tell me the reason why it is wrong to hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president?” Then, Aomori vice-president told him: “Miyagi vice-president is an important person. So, don’t bother him.” “You can understand if you put in his position!” “You are making trouble! You are troubling the First General Affairs Division, too!”

The reason why I must not hand a letter was the same as the one which the staff in the First General Affairs Division told Kodaira: “Mr. Miyagi is an important person.” “He is bothered by being asked to receive your letter.” Kodaira said to Aomori vice-president “Mr. Miyagi received a letter willingly.” “Why do you think he was bothered by it? Did Mr. Miyagi actually say so?” asked Kodaira. “I don’t need to tell you about that!” Aomori vice-president replied evasively. After a moment, he added “You are visiting him without appointment, aren’t you! You are very rude! Normally, we make an appointments to do it. You don’t have sociality! You don’t have a common sense!” He raised his voice and said. According to Aomori vice-president, the reason why Kodaira must not hand a letter to Miyagi vice-president was that Kodaira did it without appointment. In addition, Aomori vice-president told Kodaira “Even now, you are visiting me without appointment! You are killing my working time! I have a schedule at 8:30. Don’t you think you are doing wrong things? you do whatever to achieve what you need, don’t you!
Kodaira apologized and said “I’m sorry if it wasted your time” “I wonder if you would possibly hear our stories once.”
I did not have any intention at all to disturb their work, and I just would like to make appoints with him.

However, Aomori vice-president continued “You are obstructing my work. You are obstructing the work of Soka Gakkai! You are going in the direction where you will interrupt Soka Gakkai’s work more and more.” “Don’t you feel sorry for interrupting our jobs?”Aomori vice-president raised his voice.” Kodaira’s voice was lost in the roar of his angry shouts. Kodira responded desperately “I don’t think so.” “Then, apologize profusely!” “I’m sorry for visiting without appointment.” Kodaira said, bowing deeply.
“I would like to make appointment later not to disturb your work, and then would like to visit you.” However, Aomori vice-president pointed Kodaira’s face with a finger and told him over and over “Get out of here! Get out of here!” Kodaira had no choice but to leave.

Kodaira was worried and suffered from the reaction of Aomori vice-president: he did not have intention to listen to Kodaira at all. Also, Kodaira pled to make appointment with him on a later day, in thought that he was mistaken about Kodaira. However, he refused flatly saying “I’m telling you “No” like thousand times. Get out of here! Get out of here!” Kodaira thought if he explained a reason why it was wrong to hand a letter for consulting about the scandals of the headquarter staff, Kodaira had to accept his order. Nevertheless, the reason Kodaira was told was: Mr. Miyagi was an important person. → He was bothered by Kodaiora.→ Kodaira visited him without appointment.
The reasons he explained were vague. Plus, Kodaira had been given different reasons in each time. Kodaira thought they were not sufficient reasons to warn me with authority against handing a letter to Miyagi vice-president.

It was wrong that the executives ignored staff in lower positions and members without listening to them. Plus. the executives warned them without listening to them even once. Then, they threatened the staff and the members saying “You will be a subject to punishment.” The headquarter felt Kodaira as if in the headquarter the staff were not allowed to have dialogues.

“Dialogue is the Golden Rules and the lifeline of religions.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

“As spreading the humanism which is based on the Buddhism, we should not get down the banners of “Dialogue is the Golden Rule of humanism” no matter what obstacles confronts us such as self-righteousness and Fanaticism.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

 To Contact with the chief executive of the Women’s Devision close to Ikeda sensei.

We have to report the true nature of the headquarter and transform Soka Gakkai to the one which our mentor describes, with whatever we took. We made contacts with anyone who we had thought of; Hasegawa Soka Gakkai vice-administrator (the current Soka Gakkai administrator), Miyagi vice-president, Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator. However, all of them refused to report the scandals and the problem to Ikeda sensei. If we were wrong, we have to restart our faith and learn from scratch. Nonetheless, we were not allowed to have dialogues with them.
From April, I(Kodaira) had to go Kyushu. Physically, I would be being more than 1000 km away from the headquarter, but I could not give in. Even at that moment, the courageous members, who raised their voices against the corruption, had been treated unfairly. I had to report this problems to Ikeda sensei as soon as possible.

Kodaira chanted desperately, and thought over and over. Then, he thought of Ms. Yamanashi, the chief executive of Women’s Devision. He knew her because as he was a Soka University student, he worked as volunteering in the headquarter, and she was often with Ikeda sensei and supported him. Also, Kodaira was acquainted with her daughter, who was the former Soka Gakkai staff and whose husband was Kodaira's friend.
Kodaira was resolved to do whatever he could do as long as there was a slight possibility.

Kodaira chanted desperately. In March 30 2010 just before he moved to Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu, he was able to meet Mrs. Saitama in Gin-mai center in Shinano-machi. Kodaira let Mrs Saitama listen to the recording tape of the oppressive inquiry by the headquarter audit committee. Mrs. Saitama’s brow darkened, and he tilted his head. Mrs. Saitama said “I see. I will tell this to my mother. I will call and let you know no matter what kinds of response she has.

Kodaira was very happy. Tears welled up in his eyes. The letter might be handed to Ikeda sensei from Ms. Yamanashi.

Kodaira went to the Haneda airport with slight hope in his mind. In the boarding gate, there were his comrades, and the members and their wives who were labeled as rebels. Kodaira told them “Thanks a lot! Here is the beginning of struggle.There were tears in their eyes. Kodaira vowed not to let the sincere members shed tears of vexation again. Until the very last moment, the members waved their hands, which made Kodaira determined to report to Ikeda sensei what the headquarter is being like. Then Kodaira left his hometown where he grew up and had lived for 33 years, for Kyushu.





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

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

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

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

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