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

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

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

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

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

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

The response of President Harada So Far

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Unfair and Problematic Personnel Shift Hid by the Audit Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

① Our Thought and Determination toward the Security Bills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

No.4 The Fact That Our Letter Was Not Delivered to Ikeda Sensei Even from the Sons of Ikeda Sensei.(May 2008-March 2010)

Even now, I always talk with Toda sensei within myself, and lead for World Kosen-rufu. I would like everyone to follow the path of “the mentor and disciple”straight to the end and lead the victorious lives. You! Take on your struggle to fulfill your vow!”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

In order to live the lives of “mentor and disciple”, the disciples talks with the mentors within.
In the world full of suffering, the disciples have carried on struggling, always talking with their mentors within.
Therefore, my friends!
Is our mentor in the headquarter?
No, he is in your heart, but within yourself!
In the age of chaos, believe in the justice within yourself, and raise your voices with your whole being.
“Wrong is wrong. Keep the words of your mentor”
Your mentor is always watching you.
He is always watching the hearts of his disciples.
We do not want things such as positions, properties and fames.
All I want is the sprits of fulfilling the eternal vow with our mentor, inscribed in my hearts.
I will never forget it!

We, who had not signed the written pledge, were seen as the problematic persons who had not obeyed the directions of the headquarter.
In July 25 2008, the personnel department of the headquarter delivered to us the judgement about the suspension from the activities of Soka Gakkai in our districts. They ordered us never to contact with our fellow members, and we were not allowed to participate in the activities of the Male Youth Division, much less not to meet Ikeda sensei in General Headquarter Meetings. The members, who we had spent time together in the same local district, they were told about us like“They (Kodaira, Takigawa, and Noguchi) were sick”“They were very busy”. In this way, the headquarter kept us away from the community of district systematically. We could still tolerate the treatment against us. However, it was more than we could bare that the innocent members were suspended from Soka Gakkai activities and kept in a difficult situation. For the members who struggle disparately in a rough society every day, fighting in Soka Gakkai with Ikeda sensei in their hearts is the meaning of their lives. However, they were taken away. The suffering of the members were beyond imagination. Because of this, we had written letters three times toward President Harada:“Could you possibly take time for us to talk and hear our story?” “Could you possibly hear our story?” “Would you please conduct a re-inquiry?” However, all the requests were flatly refused. Moreover, the suspension period was extended until March 31 2009. The days continued that we were not allowed to participate in the General Headquarter Meetings (broadcasted by satellite).We had sought for the guidance of Ikeda sensei, and devoured Seikyo News Paper every day.
Seeing that we had not signed the written pledge despite of the extension of the suspension period, the committee of the personnel department of the headquarter decided to remove us from all the positions in Soka Gakkai. (Position means, for example, District Leader) Additionally, we were forced to graduate from Gajyou-kai and Soka-han. Moreover, the local district, where the members belonged, treated the members more severely and severely; the local district did not tell them even the schedules of meetings. The false rumor circulated and they were called sarcastically “Nikken and Yamatomo”, and the members were losing trusting relationship with their follow members. Worse, among the members, there were ones who were to be blamed and criticized by their families.

In order to protect and maintain the graceful Soka Gakkai, and develop it eternally as Ikeda sensei envisioned, we have to report to Ikeda sensei about the nature of the headquarter, which is to hide the scandals of its staff (employees), and about the current relationship between the staff, “no equal dialogue allowed between them (mainly depending on positions)”, and about being made scapegoats of the pure members. However, the top leaders in management positions such as President Harada and Hasegawa Soka Gakkai vice-administrator had no intention to talk and hear our story even once.

We wanted to report the current nature of Soka Gakkai to Ikeda sensei no matter what. “Is there someone who could report this to Ikeda sensei?” Praying earnestly, we thought of Miyagi vice-president, a son of Ikeda sensei. However, we knew that Miyagi vice-president was close to Ikeda sensei and very busy. We were not sure that he could take time to talk and hear our story. Even so, we wrote the letter with the strong hope that he would.
It said “We never think that we were totally right.” “If you find us something wrong, we will change ourselves.”
We just wanted to do right things. We wanted to live the lives as Ikeda sensei taught us.

In December 28 2009, I went to the desk of Miyagi vice-president. Although my heart were beating by nervousness, I mustered up courage and asked him. “I have important things we have to report you, and brought a letter with me. Could you possibly read this letter?” Then I handed it to him. “Alright. Good job.” He answered with smile. My heart throbbed with hope.

Since then, we had been waiting for his reply. We chanted continuously with the desire that he would take time to talk with us. However, there was no response from him. We wondered that he would be thinking over how he should do about our sudden request. We continued to chant.

One month had passed since then. There was still no reply from him. Nonetheless, we could not give up, because there were members who were treated unfairly. I made a vow with Ikeda sensei.

Then, we decided to write to Miyagi vice-president again.
In February 8 2010, I went into the office where Miyagi vice-president usually worked.
Then, his assistant prevented my way. “What? What for did you come here? Miyagi vice-president is not here. Not here now!” Then, he got us out of the office by force. He told us “Do not bother Ikeda family about the problem within the organization (Soka Gakkai).”
“Mr. Miyagi is a special person. Don’t bother him.”

I could understand what he wanted to say. Actually, it was really heart-aching for me to ask Miyagi vice-president, who was really busy. However, in the local districts, there were members who had been treated as if they were rebels. I could swear with Ikeda sensei that there were no guilty and nothing to blame for on the members. We had to do something to break through the wall and to step forward.

As a disciple of Ikeda sensei, I was sure that it was important to respect the family of Ikeda sensei, who devotes themselves to support Ikeda sensei. However, it is certain that Soka Gakkai exists for people (its members), and our mentor have fought for them and their happiness. He taught us that it is people (its ordinary members) who are the protagonists. In fact, the innocent ordinary members were in most difficult situation. Then, there was no way for us but to continue to struggle to report this to Ikeda sensei. We thought that it was the meaning of being Soka Gakkai staff.

“If Soka Gakkai have privileged classes, they will exercise authority and the organization will go corrupted. The leaders of Soka Gakkai are not special, but equal to everyone. It is impossible that Soka Gakkai will move forward in solidarity toward achieving lofty goals, if we have privileged or loyal classes anyway. ”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)
“Everyone is equal, with no exception. I do not treat my family, who are related by birth, in a special way.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

My mentor, Ikeda sensei have had equal dialogues with people no matter what positions they had, such as nameless members, leading national figures. He treated them equally as a person. That is the true history of Soka Gakkai.
“Because he is a member of Ikeda’s family or because he is a special person, we should not bother him.” We did not think Ikeda sensei allow this notion by no means.

In the morning of February 15 2010, during the free chanting time in a large room in the headquarter, Kodaira sat next to Miyagi vice-president and spoke to him to hand the letter to him. “Miyagi vice-president” Then, in a sudden, two staff held Kodaira by under the arms, and pulled him back. At the moment, Kodaira did not recognize what was happening. Next moment, they got Kodaira out of the room by force.

It is wrong! I just want to hand this letter to him! Why did they prevent it even with violence?

Anger welled up in Kodaira’s heart. Since then, Kodaira was put under surveillance, and he was watched more and more closely day by day. In February 22, after the regular morning meeting, Kodaira was about to speak to Miyagi vice-president. Then, one staff tackled with his shoulder.

Kodaira said “Please wait. Why are you doing this? I would just like to hand this letter to him.”Then, the staff seemed to recover his senses. Kodaira spoke to Miyagi vice-president again. Miyagi vice-president talked to the staff around him “It’s ok. That letter is addressed to me, isn’t it?” Then, he reached for the letter. I was very pleased. On the other hand, the staff frowned on the scene.

After handing the letter to the vice-president, Kodaira went back to work as usual . After a while, Kodaira was called by the chief executive of the office. What he told to Kodaira was that Kodaira would be transferred and the details of the transfer would be notified later on. In the spot of the notification in the evening, B vice-president stated “Kodaira is going to be transferred to Kyushu Cultural Center.” The reason was that to improve individual working skills in accordance with the human resources personnel strategic project, which the headquarter had been undertaking.” The transfer from the headquarter in Shinano-amachi in Tokyo to Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu, with which he had no connection- Kodaira was ready but his mind went blank. On the same day, it was also decided that G, who had not signed the written pledge like us, would be transferred to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Center. The reason was as the same as Kodaira. Superficially, the aim was to exchange staff with ones in local regions in accordance with the project”

 The Response from the Sons of Ikeda Sensei

The staff close to Miyagi vice–president told us“Our job is to protect Ikeda’s family.” When they tried to prevent us from contacting with the vice-president even by force. Miyagi vice-president interfered between me and the staff, and received the letter from us. I was very happy as much as tears welled up in my eyes. We thought that he would hand our letter to Ikeda sensei, and would take time to talk and hear our story.

Ikeda sensei told us sternly “If you (Soka Gakkai staff) find corrupted staff, tell me about it. However, if I find something false on what you said, I will not trust you.” We thought we should entrust the letter to Miyagi vice-president. Along with the letter to Miyagi vice-president, into the same envelop we put the letter which we had written to Ikeda sensei.

In March 1 2010, Ibaraki visited Miyagi vice-president to hand our letter to Miyagi vice-president. He received the letter, but he said “Because you are doing things like this, you are thought to be against Soka Gakkai.”
In March 8, Noguchi asked to Miyagi vice-president “Have you possibly handed the letter to Ikeda sensei?” Then, he answered “It’s impossible.” “Because you are doing staff like this, you are considered to be rebels.”

Honestly, it was very tough. We did not think that we were totally right. However, they did not hear the voices of members, the true voices of theirs. Why could they reach a judgement without listening?
We could not understand.

Even Ikeda sensei’s sons avoided handing out letter to Ikeda sensei.
Why have every leaders never heard our story, even once!
In the first place, we experienced the enquiry, which was unfair. However, we received the punishment such as the suspension, the extension of the suspension, and dismissal from positions in Soka Gakkai. Then, we wrote over 50 pages and explained to Staff Disciplinary Committee why we could not sign the written pledge. As the result, we received the judgement, “no problem with us as staff.” However, President Harada, Masaki Soka Gakkai administrator, and B vice-president continued to criticize us in staff meetings. Even Hasegawa Soka Gakkai vice-administrator, a contact person to Ikeda sensei, refused to make a report to Ikeda sensei against his order. That is why we came to ask his sons in paper to report the problem to Ikeda sensei. Why could this considered to be against Soka Gakkai, and to be rebels?

The important thing is the sprits of “never being defeated when you hit the wall, which seems too high to overcome. Once you have raised the voices of justice, then keep on it until your feelings reach the persons.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

We will be never defeated! Never ever be defeated!
We prayed desperately with our whole being. Then, we remembered that Ikeda sensei sternly disciplined another son of his, Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator, in the general staff meeting in February. We thought we had to visit Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator, on who Ikeda sensei put trust.

In March 17 2010, Noguchi visited Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator.
We had lived as the staff of Soka Gakkai for a long time. We knew that what we were doing was beyond the common sense as Soka Gakkai staff. However, the common sense which we thought the most important and we had to keep is that Soka Gakkai staff, the headquarter, and Soka Gakkai exists for its members.
Noguchi handed our letter to Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice- administrator and pled him to report to Ikeda sensei. We could not get response soon from him. However, we believed that he was thinking seriously if he should report about it.

You can find the essence of humanism of Buddhism in that you believe in people and have dialogues, and continue the dialogues up to the agreements.
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

In March 29 of the same year,Noguchi visited Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator.
Noguchi asked him “Did you possibly hand our letter to Ikeda sensei?”
However, his response was “It’s impossible to hand the letter to Ikeda sensei from me.” “I handed it to the first general affairs division (The secretary section for Ikeda sensei)”

We knew that it is impossible to reach Ikeda sensei from the division. Actually, we had mentioned the fact in the letter to Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator. We also had explained in the letter the process until we came to plead to Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator, though we knew it was very rude to ask him :the other day, Kodaira had sent a report to the First General Affairs Division in order to tell Ikeda sensei his determination to fight continuously though all his positions in Soka Gakkai had been removed. However, one of the chief executives in the division, I vice-president, refused to receive the report, saying “How rude are you to tell Ikeda sensei about the dismissal from your positions in Soka Gakkai!” Plus, not only I vice-president but also Hasegawa Soka Gakkai vice-administrator and Miyagi vice-president, who were also the chief executives of the First General Affairs Division, had already refused to hand our letter to Ikeda sensei. In the letter to Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator, Kodaira had written about the nature of the First General Affairs Division. Even so, why on earth did he say to Noguchi he handed it to the First General Affairs Division? Noguchi was stunned and looked at the back of Tochigi Soka Gakkai vice-administrator, who were walking away.


The Three Former Soka Gakkai Staff

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

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

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



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

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