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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Report of the Meeting in Yokohama in July 17 2017

The history of the Soka Gakkai is created by the continuous struggle against the national authority. In July 3 1957, our mentor was arrested for the suspicion of the violation of the election and prisoned for two weeks. On July 17, after he was released, he raised his voice in Nakanoshima auditorium as follows.

“Let’s fight with the belief that “those who keep the faith, the Gohonzon, and the right Buddhism will win without fail.”

Since the great declaration of our mentor, the huge advancement of the Soka Gakkai had begun. Then, 60 years after the time, in July 17 2017, in Kanagawa, members from all over Japan who were worried about the current Soka Gakkai gathered, and the Yokohama meeting was held grandly. When the speakers made speeches and told their determination , the hole on the second floor was surrounded by the higher enthusiasm of attendants.

Then the time for free conversation had come. The mc said “Then, let’s talk freely about what you have experienced in your own district organizations!”

After the announcement, Ms. A raised her hand and started talking with energy “I am very grateful to see you. In fact, this year, the top prefectural leader visited my husband to tell him “Don’t join and stand for the silent protest.” In December of the last year, her husband did and appealed desperately his earnest feeling for the transformation of the Soka Gakkai. However, after that, the top leader came to his house again to stop him. In spite of the situation, Mr. and Ms A did not retreat, and In June of this year, they joined the silent protest. Ms. A continued to talk, saying “I thought they would visit me, and that time, the top prefectural leader and other two leaders came and told me “Why did you go and stand for the silent protest? Stop it!” “The cathedral is the place where pure members gather, so your act will upset and disturb them!”
The leaders said “your act will upset and disturb them(pure members), but I want to ask who upset and disturb pure and earnest members. The headquarters have never answered to the questions of members who are worried about the Security policy and Conspiracy Law. If the leaders give reasonable answers, we do not need to hold silent protests. Ms. A asked to the top prefectural leader “What do you think about the action of Komei party to pass the laws forcibly?” Then, the leader answered “I think it went too far.” Then, Ms. A responded quickly “So, why don’t you share your honest feeling with the leaders in higher positions?” Then, the leader kept silent. After that, Ms. A let the leaders go back home. I feel really ashamed of the behavior of the leaders. They do not care about the suffering and worries of members. What they did was to save their face. I want to say the corruption of staff members is the root cause of the corruption of the headquarters, and it undermines the whole Soka Gakkai.

Next, Mr. B raised his hand, and started talking in serious expressions. “Recently I felt how we should fight against the evil in the headquarters.” Mr. B talked through his experience, saying “For example, if we speak up what the headquarters are doing is not right, it does not resonate with members because they hardly get information about the headquarters. And I think many members think “Ikeda sensei is fine, and Ikeda sensei did not say anything publicly. So Ikeda sensei approved of this situation.”
We also felt that many members think Ikeda sensei approves of the current top leaders. However, It cannot be true in 120 percent! We just feel that Ikeda sensei have been waiting with his whole being for true disciples to stand up bravely. Mr. B talked with serious eyes. “What will make the top leaders will be worried is that members raise their voices on a grassroots movement, saying “It is wrong!” So, I think there is no way but to be persons who are trustworthy, and to have a conversation with people easy to talk to. We must not have people to be scapegoated or disappointed. So, I think we should share information, learn and develop ourselves from the information.” The story of Mr. B, who faced to the problem of the Soka Gakkai seriously and carried through his faith, brought waves of applause.

Next, Mr. C, who came from Kansai region all the way, stood up and started talking. First of all, he said with conviction“Speaking of “excommunication”, I “excommunicated” myself from the Soka Gakkai!” It erupted applause. Mr. C spoke about his anger with the New Komei party, which Mr. C had supported for long time. Mr. C declared “In this election, I voted for a party other than New Komei party and Liberal Democratic Party. There is no meaning to vote for New Komei party any more. New Komei party backs up Liberal Democratic Party. Rather than that, New Komei party leads the Liberal Democratic Party, actually. To where do New Komei party lead Japan! So, I cannot ask my friends to vote for New Komei party. Instead, I ask my friends to vote for another party. Usually, I would ask my friends to vote for New Komei party, so they told me “You have got insane, haven’t you?” In fact, it is not me who have got insane but New Komei party that derailed. Many Soka Gakkai members think that New Komei party, which our mentor established, will stand on their own feet and be trusted from citizens as a party which fights for citizens. However, now the coalition party go in the direction of nationalism. Although New Komei party was created for citizens, now it carries the water of Liberal Democratic Party.” So, Mr. C cannot vote for New Komei party though he actually wants to do so. Lastly, Mr. C spoke about his determination “When I talk to people, saying “New Komei party should be in people!”, some of the attendants said like “I want to say to New Komei party that it should go back to the founding spirit!” Mr. C continued “So, I thought I should talk to people around me and look for comrades. I will continue to fight regardless the way of the Soka Gakkai.” If not members who thought the current Soka Gakkai is not right do not raise their voice, the Soka Gakkai and New Komei Party will not be changed. Rather, it will be vanished. Attendants smiled, hearing the determination of Mr. C, who carried through his faith and actions.

When Mr. C sat down, Ms. D, who sat next to Mr. C, started to talk in a lively voice. “I also felt that the Soka Gakkai was something wrong especially at the time of Security policy. When I sent letters to Mr. Amano, he gave me information about the blog of the three former staff members.. Then, hearing about many different opinions and ideas, I thought there were people who think in the same way.” According to Ms. D, she realized that because it was the Soka Gakkai that operated the New Komei party, the executives of the Soka Gakkai also went in a wrong direction. Moreover, at the time of the election last year, she could not help suggesting to her relatives, saying “You should not vote for New Komei party.” “If you vote for New Komai party, everything will go worse. So please don’t do it.” It was a hard decision for Ms. D to take such actions. Ms. D told her determination to the attendants “I often talked with fellow members in the district where I used to belong. But if I criticized about Abe administration, they said to me “You must be being arrogant.” Then, I felt very sad.” When I talked about such a subject to even fellow members in good term with me, it became awkward, and I came not to feel like joining meetings. I became very isolated. Also, they said to me “You have got all the information on internet. It is not trustworthy.” So, I came here because I want to tell them later “I confirmed the fact, physically. From this time on, I will continue to fight to let others to become aware of the truth.”

Without running away from the criticism, Ms. D faced to her struggle and continued to fight. Hearing her story, tears welled up. Only through the brave action, “using own legs and confirming truth with own eyes and ears”, ones can transform the Soka Gakkai. This is what Ms. D taught us in her story.

Mr. E, who listing to others’ stories carefully, raised his hand and started to talk as follows. “Hearing the stories of everyone, I thought Ikeda sensei, who had fought for nameless and members with his whole being, established and “gave” (entrusted) us New Komei party and the Soka Gakkai. And this time, following his footsteps, it is us who let the Soka Gakkai to be active and vigorous and take on the struggle to make sense that the Soka Gakkai exist for members as Ikeda sensei said.” Until now, Ikeda sensei has devoted himself for his disciples with his whole being, given things meanings, and paved the way. However, from now on, the time has come when the disciples take over his will, take on struggles with our own will and responsibilities, and give each thing meanings. Mr. E started talking more powerfully “Silent protests are something that likely to make the top leaders upset. Ordinary people unites and hold silent protest, which is meaningful as far as nameless members do it. The ordinary members think that it cannot be true that Ikeda sensei do not say anything about the Conspiracy law or the Security policy. I really think that the Soka Gakkai, which used to exist for members, was taken control of by the top leaders.” What he said brought waves of applause of approval. Then, the tone of his voice became stronger. “So, what should the disciples, who had been trained, do? I think I owe everything to Ikeda sensei, having my wife, my sons, and such a happy life. So, I think that I should act with the thought how I should use my life and repay my gratitude to Ikeda sensei. Now, I want to live out what I have learned from Ikeda sensei and repay my gratitude to Ikeda sensei!” Mr. E was labeled as a rebel and considered to be a behind-the-scenes string-puller, unfairly. In the end, he was excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai. Of course, Mr. E wanted to give up the membership. Mr. E was expelled unfairly even though he does not want to be.

Lastly, he talked about his determination, saying “I am happy to be persecuted. I want to continue to fight, thinking I will definitely turn around the situation!” The heart of a person who overcome difficulties is as hard as a diamond which cannot be destroyed. Then, nobody can force the person to give in, because the person is filled with limitless gratitude, love, and hope for the future. The person devotes one’s life to the Soka Gakkai and one’s mentor who the person loves.

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The Report of the Silent Protest in Front of the Headquarters (The latter part)

On the Sunday of June 18, in front of the headquarters in Shinanomachi, “the critical silent protest was held in which ordinary members, or great people, rattled the headquarters, hugest authority. The true voice of people can’t be dispelled by anybody. The more time passed by, the brighter the faces of the attendants became.

In a line of the silent protest, a flag with a large picture of Makiguchi sensei, who passed away in the prison was waving. The following message was written in the flag “We do not need the Conspiracy Law, the current maintenance of the Public Oder Act!” Standing with banners on streets, Ms. H, who prepared for this flag, had appealed the struggle of the three founders of the Soka Gakkai for peace since the problem of the Security Policy occurred. At the time of the fighting against the Conspiracy Law, she protested silently, holding up the three-colored flag in demonstrations held in Tokyo, and she appealed the importance of the struggle for peace led by Makiguchi sensei and the two founders. She carried through what she believed is right as a disciple of Ikeda sensei.

“The desperate struggle of a person cause current, spread, and create a new history”
The guidance of Ikeda sensei

After a while, the video of Ms. H was spread widely on Internet through You Tube and so on. Then, it became a hope for members who were worried about the the current Soka Gakkai. An elderly member from Hachioji also were inspired by Ms. H. The elderly member was concerned about Japan, which goes on the path of nationalism, and the elderly member saw Ms. H speaking desperately about the history of the struggle of the three founders for peace when the elderly member participated in a demonstration. The elderly member said that the elderly member was moved from the bottom of her heart by Ms. H and thought “I did not know there is such a member.” Then, the elderly member learned of the silent protests, where members raised their courageous voices, so the elderly member thought “I want to make the Soka Gakkai and Japan better, together!”, and the elderly member joined the silent protest this time.

The front of a line, standing was Mr. and Ms. J with placards which read “New Komei Party should be dissolved!” Ms. J had fought and supported the New Komei Party for over 50 years. She was a big contributors of the Soka Gakkai. One day, when her husband came back from the meeting, which Ikeda sensei participated in, he said “Ikeda sensei said “If the New Komeito became not beneficial for members, you should break down the party.” She could not forget the guidance of Ikeda sensei. Ms.J said “The New Komei party became more and more wrong. The decisive moment was when the act of security policy was enacted two years ago.” Then, the Conspiracy Law was also passed forcibly. Ms. J talked with anger “The current New Komei party is totally against the guidance of Ikeda sensei. Now the men of influence can exercise power against ordinary people before making crimes, which is the violation of the constitution. The New Komei party, which passed such a law, is worth being dissolved, I think. Now, you are not in the side of ordinary people but the side of men of power!”

We were moved by Ms. H, who carried through het faith, sternly. By Ms. J, standing was Ms. K, who took part in the silent protest for the first time. At the time of the problem of the security policy, in a district meeting, she declared “Now the New Komei party goes against the pacifism of Ikeda sensei, so I cannot support the New Komei party.” Since then, the struggle of Ms. K began. Ms. K said “When I tried to talk about why the current New Komei party is wrong, I felt nervous and could not find words to say. Instead, I tried to read the guidance of Ikeda sensei. But the meeting was over while I wondered if I should take out documents. Then, I went out the venue, but I went back there, thinking “Now is the time.” I read aloud the guidance of Ikeda sensei to leaders and talked.” It was a bitter inner struggle for Ms. K to do this each time. Ms. K, who is honest and sincere, announced just before the silent protest “I am very nervous but I cannot retreat. I will take a stand with fellow members for Ikeda sensei. Then, Ms. K held up placards bravely.

What a brave and great figure! It is not leaders with downward communication that are great but those who carry through their faith, struggling within themselves to fulfill their pledge with Ikeda sensei. It is such disciples who should be respected the most!

“Take a stand by yourself bravely! You should be the brilliant ideal model! That is true courage. Through the process, you can establish the foundation for victory for your whole life.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

Close to Ms. K, standing bravely was Ms. L, a youth member, with her father. Ms. L told us “I felt the desperate feeling of my mother for the first time when I went to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome and saw how cruel and tragic the wars are.” It was a turning point for Ms. L. Ms. L thought “I should not live without purpose. I should use my life for justice and take an action!”After making a determination, Ms. L started to join a demonstration in front of the Diet. Her father was also inspired gradually by Ms. L and his wife speaking earnestly about peace. Then, when the Conspiracy Law was passed forcibly in the Diet without enough discussion, Ms. L and her father made a resolve to raise their voice and join a silent protest.

Now, more and more youth who have faith in the mentor take a stand. Near the gate for the cathedral, Ms. M, who took part in a silent protest for the first time, stood bravely with smile with her father. Ms. M said “ A friend of mine, a staff member, told me “Come on to me when you are worried. I can give you guidance.”” According to Ms. M, her friend was saying half-kidding. About this, Ms. M said “I was shocked and sad to know that the staff member had became arrogant after starting working as a staff member.” Ms. M, who has a sense of justice, told us with the anger of justice “The staff member was fulfilled just because they were complemented and on the limelight. They have a unquestioning faith. It is totally unacceptable!”

Originally, staff members have to devote themselves to members. Staff members can live their lives because of the monetary contribution of members! Staff members can exist because of members! “I can give you guidance”, who on earth can they say like that! I am really filled with resentment for their misunderstanding! After Ikeda sensei was not seen publicly, staff members became too arrogant. I say the arrogance of the top leaders is the betrayal to our mentor, Ikeda sensei!

Very near to Ms. M, we saw Ms. N and Ms. O, who are youth members from Kansai region. They came to Tokyo by night bus and participated in a silent protest for the first time. Ms. N told us that she inscribed the philosophy of Ikeda sensei like “Youth members, observe politics carefully.” However, New Komei party, whose motto to devote itself to ordinary people, promoted the Security policy and the rebooting the nuclear plants. Ms. N was worried about the New Komei party and the headquarters, which back up it.
“The New Komei party should not be like this!” “We have to raise our voice courageously and safeguard the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei and fellow members established desperately!” “What is wrong to raise courageous voice!” “They mean that we destroy the organization? It is the headquarters that destroy the organization because they keep silent against problems and corruption!”
People are wise. It is true. The Soka Gakkai, where the three Soka Gakkai founders established with ordinary people, exists for the definite peace and for the happiness of every single member. However, the Soka Gakkai is on the way of destroying the peace. Not to raise our voice leads to destroying the Soka Gakkai! The heart of Ms. N, a honest and sincere person, was flaming, and her eyes were sparkling.

Then, Ms. O also talked bravely about her anger of justice, saying “I just think that the New Komei party carries the water of the Liberal Democratic party!” It was a sharp opinion to the point. Such a constant and careful process, or dialogue, is the base of mutual understanding and empathy. However, the Soka Gakkai neglects dialogue and explanation.

Little time left, and Ms. P, who lived in Tokyo, came to join the silent protest. In fact, Ms. P had already arrived in Shinanomachi much before, but she could not master up her courage to join. So, she walked through the lines of the silent protest once. Ms. P did not want to regret. She struggled within herself, and decided to come back to the lines. She came close to the fellow members and took a stand to keep the word of Ikeda sensei!
Some people might think that what we do is just standing in front of the headquarter. However, she had kept commitment with Ikeda sensei and had been fighting over decades, believing that no inner problems would happen in the Soka Gakkai. In some time, she said to herself repeatedly “I should not blame or doubt” even when she thought something was wrong in the organization of her district. Then, she had been struggling wholeheartedly, just seeking for the Ikeda sensei. This time, however, she raised her voice in front of the headquarter. How much courage is required to do this!

“Think of the Soka Gakkai, love your mentor, and raise your voice even though difficulties confront you! Repay gratitude to your mentor! She took a stand, encouraging herself.

“The value of one is decided by actions.”
(The guidance of Ikeda sensei)

After hearing the story of Ms. P, we found ourselves close to tears. We were overwhelmed by her brave story. Small wave of courage will lead to the big current. She taught us the courageous action of a single person would result in the transformation of the Soka Gakkai.
Like this, the silent protest on July 18, which was the stage of human revolution for every single member, was over. Lastly, Takigawa announced it. Then, naturally, those who were watching us from the park in front of the cathedral gave us ovation. The faces of each fellow member were shining with fulfillment. Everyone was filled with determination to continue to fight as a disciple of Ikeda sensei. The moment we cleared the placards and banners, it started raining. One of our fellow members said “It is amazing. It is as if rain has waited for us until we finished the silent protest.”

Our mentor has watched us! Our feelings reaches Ikeda sensei! At last, Ms. Q from Kansai, who joined the silent protest for the first time, said with delight “Today’s silent protest was historic!” Then, Ms. Q went back to Kansai, which was the place of her struggling, with a renewed determination.

When looking at your inner self, you will find weakness within yourself.
You may feel down and think why I am being like this. To such you, however, your mentor tells you repeatedly
“The Soka Gakkai is not in the place far away from you!
“The Soka Gakkai exists in yourself!”
“Your mentor exists in yourself!”
“You are the Soka Gakkai!”

I will live up to his desire!

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The Report of the Silent Protest in Front of the Headquarters ( The first part)

On June 18 2017, in the rainy season, the sky was full of clouds as if the deities safeguarded us from the heat of the sun. We held a silent protest in front of the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo. We, 71 fellow members, who came from all over Japan, held high the banners or some pieces of card boxes with message with our chin up. For this day we wrote the following four messages on the main banner, and held them up.
“The top leaders! Bring back to the principles of the three presidents immediately! Otherwise, resign the positions!”

“Fight to repeal the Security policy and the Conspiracy Law, which could Japan to the war!”
“Disclose the suspicion of the monetary corruption by the Soka Gakkai staff!”
“Do not punish members who raises their voice!”

Now, top leaders takes advantage of the situation where Ikeda sensei is uncapable to make difficult decisions and go against the principles of the three founders of the Soka Gakkai. They have changed in a sloppy way the fundamental principles of the faith into the one, which is not consistent with the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, three years straight. The Buddhism is “Body” and the world is “the Shadow.” Therefore, the distortion of “Body” influences the world, and the distortion came to the surface of the world. The New Komeito, which the Soka Gakkai supports and backs up, carries the Liberal Democratic Party’s water, and approved of the exercise of the collective self-defense, and helped the Liberal Democratic Party passed the Security policy. Then, the policy of Japan such as “the eternal peace” and “constitutionalism” were broken, and stipulated implicitly that Japan is a country which approves of wars. Also, the New Komeito passed Conspiracy Law forcibly as a junior coalition party. The Law is so called the modern version of Security Autonomy Law. The Conspiracy Law is a horrible law which enables the nation to judge people as criminals just when people conspires. If such power is given to an authority, it will also enable the nation to oppress groups which are against the nation. Besides, the New Komeito exclaimed that they reduced the number of the crimes subject to Conspiracy Law from 676 to 277. They announced it as if they were acting as the “brake” on the Liberal Democratic Party, which run out of control. However, actually, they just bluffed their way. In fact, until then, the Conspiracy Law had been scraped three times. Plus, in 2007, the number of crimes subject to the law had been reduced to 128 in the draft of the small committee of the Liberal Democratic Party. However, now, the number of the crimes increased more than two-fold (128 to 277.) We say the Security Policy and the Conspiracy Law are laws which were created with a feeling of distrust to people. Distrust creates another distrust, and it resulted in a vicious circle of distrust. If we say we are the disciples of Ikeda sensei, we should not allow the humanism and the pacifism of Ikeda sensei to be destroyed any more. We should raise our voice to stop the Soka Gakkai and the New Komeito to go in a wrong direction any further.

On this day, many members gathered in Shinanomachi station in Tokyo vigorously with the feeling “We, every single member who joins this silent protest, is the Soka Gakkai itself and now is the time to take an action as Ikeda sensei told us.” When we arrived in the station, A youth male member from Kyushu, Mr. A was already there, dragging a suitcase with one hand. He came to Tokyo with the first airplane on the day. We had already met with him in the meeting in Kumamoto in Kyushu. Four days before the silent protest, Takigawa talked with Mr. A on the phone, then Mr. A said “I cannot keep silent, seeing the Soka Gakkai become like this! Even if alone, I will stand on my own!” Mr. A told Takigawa his passionate and indignant feelings. Delighted to see again, we shook our hands firmly. After a while, Mr. B arrived there with great awareness. We had met Mr. B in the meeting in Kumamoto, too. Mr. B pondered if he should join the silent protest or not. Then, she chanted daimoku earnestly, and at the eve of the silent protest, he sent an email to us, saying “I’m not sure if I will have an opportunity again to fight near the house of Ikeda sensei with comrades who struggles to put the Soka Gakkai on the right track. So, I’ve made a determination. I do not care about being excommunicated. Thinking about the insane law (Conspiracy Law), I feel a little worried. But, I will stand for Ikeda sensei and those who are worried and cannot take an action. I will do this because I want them to well up their courage by themselves.”
We had read the emails many times, respecting and seeing him as a true disciple of Ikeda sensei. Mr. B flushed with pleasure and said “I thought I cannot pass through this time (now) that Ikeda sensei is alive, and we shook hands firmly. One member and another from all over Japan gathered in Shinanomachi station. There were elderly members. Although we had not announced the time that the silent protest started this time, they had participated in the second-time silent protest. We had stood in front of the headquarters together. Actually, they had been watching the New Komeito carefully. They said “Seeing your struggle, I thought we can bring back the Soka Gakkai, which Ikeda sensei had established. Now I see a light in the end of the tunnel. I will join this silent protest, too.” The participants had not known each other. However, everyone had the same determination to take an action without regret to create the Soka Gakkai as Ikeda sensei envisioned. We saw blossoms of dialogue in Shinanomachi station for a while.

At 1 p.m. we started the silent protest together with fellow members who we were able to meet each other thanks to Ikeda sensei, holding up the prepared banners in front of the cathedral of the Soka Gakkai. Noguchi held tightly the prepared handmade placards, which said “Go back to the Soka Gakkai of Ikeda sensei!”
When holding up the placard over his head, Mr. C said “I am overcome with emotion” with tears in his eyes. He added with deep thought over the silent protest “I am very happy to stand with fellow members like this in front of the headquarters, in which Ikeda sensei might be. I came here today with the feeling, “I have to do what I can do now.” I feel Ikeda sensei is watching us!” Left next to Mr.C, standing was Mr. D, who was holding up the three-colored flag. Mr. D said “After joining the silent protest, leaders in my district called me to come to the cultural center twice, and questioned me. They told me “Don’t make a contact with the three former Soka Gakkai staff members, and do not join silent protests.” Then, I said “I do not do this since somebody told me. I join the silent protest with my thought that the executives, such as President Harada are wrong. What is wrong with this?”” Mr. D continued “Then, surprisingly, the leaders asked my parents and brothers to come to the center and persuaded them to stop me, saying “No time is left.” They implied “(If this situation continues,) your son (brother) will be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai.” They are just threatening! Why on earth dis they call my parents or my brother in no relation to the silent protest instead of me!”
What a dirty way! The headquarters dislike the actions of members who has the spirit of “Standing up by oneself” and take a way to use their parents or siblings when they did not stop the actions. I feel indignant with the unreasonable ways of the headquarters!

In the same way, in the district of Mr. E, leaders lobbied the president of Mr. E’s office to convince Mr. E. Is it ok to take such a way! It seemed that they told the president, who is a member of the Soka Gakkai, “Mr. E works on activities against the current top leaders” “Connecting with those who are excommunicated is evil, so you should stop Mr. E.” The leaders made us the enemies of Buddha. Actually, the president was very worried that the leaders had no mercy and said that they had to punish Mr. E. However, after that, Mr. E persuaded the president, saying that he loves the Soka Gakkai wholeheartedly, and he worked on the activities in accordance with Gosho and the guidance of Ikeda sensei, so he was not wrong. Plus, Mr. E told the president that the top leaders are against Ikeda sensei. As a result, the president approved of his heart of justice. Nevertheless, the leaders did not stop. They called Mr. E to come to the center and said “We cannot allow the person, who is against the top leaders.” Then, they notified Mr. E that they would remove the positions of Mr. E. It is easy to judge who is right if they have dialogue. However, they did not have the opportunities of dialogue but punished Mr. E. We have never seen or heard such punishment when Ikeda sensei was fine. Plus, even before this silent protest, they called Mr. E to come to the center and confirmed if Mr. E would participate in it. Then, Mr. E answered “Yes, I will!” The leader told Mr. E “I will report this to the top leader of this region.” I feel really indignant with their despicable organized oppression against Mr. E! In spite of that, Mr. E is undaunted whatever punishment or inquiry confronted him. Mr. E exclaimed “I am not criticizing the Soka Gakkai. But I want to say wrong is wrong in accordance with the guidance of the three mentors. It is wrong that they make the actions subject to punishment. Who on earth are the disciples of the mentors! Who on earth are the true disciples of the mentors! I would like to declare that a true disciple is this unknown member, who raises his voice and joins the silent protest, standing bravely in front of the headquarters.

In front of the cathedral, standing was Ms. F with tears in her eyes. When we met her in the meeting in Nagoya in May for the first time, she told us “If the silent protest is held after noon, I can go there by Shinkansen.” It seemed that she had had wanted to join silent protest for long time. Finally, her hope was realized. To Ms. F, who held up the placard bravely, a man of the press asked some questions “I think this is the only place in Japan where I can see activities to protest against the Soka Gakkai. So, you came from Kansai to join?” “That’s right. When the security policy was on heated debate in society, I declared to leaders in my district “I will be opposed to the security policy!” I thought something is wrong when the security bills was passed in the diet. Then, I researched throughly by myself, and I found the bills were totally not based on and against the guidance of Ikeda sensei. So, I thought the top leaders are wrong.” She pointed out the causes of the change of the current Soka Gakkai. Ms. F started to share her experience of the faith. “I feel that everyone around me in my district keeps away from me after I announced my stance of opposition against the security policy. But I used to go along with members in my district, so we exchanges greetings when we see even now. They are really nice and too trusting, so many of them do not say their own ideas clearly. But when Ikeda sensei was fine, every member could say anything. Hearing what Ms. F talked, the journalist said with surprise “Learning of the current Soka Gakkai, it may be inappropriate to say, but it is like “during the war.” The organization, in which people cannot share their feelings and cannot point out problems, is not the Soka Gakkai. If we are forced to keep silent against the Soka Gakkai and New Komei party, which go in a wrong direction, the authoritarianism in the headquarters will be much stronger.

Beside Ms. F, there was a banner which read “The most tragic thing is for human being is not the violence of the evil but the indifference and the silence of the good.” The members who brought and held up the banner with the powerful saying of Martin Luther King Jr, a person who struggled to champion human right, were Mr. and Mrs. G. Mr. G started taking about his strong feeling for the saying, which he wrote with a thick brush. “I think that in his saying we can find the worst thing in the Soka Gakkai, which is silence. We do not have strong self enough to stand by themselves in the organization with the system of downward communication. Now, the spirit of questioning themselves, thinking by themselves, and putting them into actions were totally lost. The spirit of non-violence, which Martin Luther King Jr. appealed to and Gandhi inherited was something that we could find in the spirit of Makiguchi sensei and each member. However, now the spirit is totally lost.

Is it evil to keep silent against the headquarters, which obeys the power of the nation? If we face and are true to our own sincere minds, we should raise brave voice like “what the headquarters do is not in accordance with the guidance of the three founders of the Soka Gakkai!” That is the action for safeguarding the Soka Gakkai and the missionary fight for each member who lives in the time “the disciples raise their voice.”

Some people who walked by us watched our silent protest with vigor with warm smile, other people stopped to take photos of our struggling figures, and the other people to read the banners. We also found a group who used to be classmates of Takigawa in the Soka University. They looked over a line of people who gathered for the silent protest. When they found Takigawa, they waved their hands with smile. Takigawa was pleased to see it. He really was.

When ordinary people continue to struggle to raise their voices of truth, the Soka Gakkai will definitely be changed. We will put the Soka Gakkai on the right track, and the true disciples of Ikeda sensei will definitely transform the Soka Gakkai into the one whose protagonists are ordinary people!

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Our Resent Activities

Thank you for sending messages to our blog account. We really appreciate it. We received a message. It said they wanted to know about our recent movement. From this, we will summarize the episodes of our recent movement which we updated in our Japanese blog before. We have had meetings around Japan and conducted silent protests in front of the headquarters with fellow members. We will write one by one.

The Meeting in Nagoya
In April 24 2017, with no clouds in the sky, we held a meeting full of determination to transform the Soka Gakkai, in Nagoya in Chubu region. In the lobby of the Aichi youth center on the first floor, one hour before the meeting started, fellow members gathered gradually. We could see the blossoms of conversation here and there. “Long time no see! Thank you for coming to Chubu!” We were able to see again with Mr. And Mrs. A. They had come to the meeting held in Yokohama all the way, and had helped us to look for the place for this meeting. Other members from Kansai region came to us and said cheerfully “In Kanasai, there were less than five or six fellow members of mine. Let’s expand the circle of our comradeship and have a meeting in Kansai, too!” In this meeting in Chubu, 37 members gathered from Australia, Aichi, Mie, Gifu, Nagano, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shizuoka, Tokyo, and Kanagawa. Each member had struggled in their hometown.

In the first half of the meeting, Tsuyoshi Motomura, who was a town councilor in Taketoyo town, spoke. He was a former New Komeito Party lawmaker, but because he had raised his voice against the security policy, which could lead Japan to the wars, he had been forced to leave the party. He declared sternly “Even the government in old days said they were not going to abuse the Maintenance of Public Order Law. Also they said they oppressed the social movements. In fact, they sent more than 70 thousand cases to prosecutors office, including those who have new religions and liberalists. Makiguchi sensei and Toda sensei was in the same boat.” He added “It was the Maintenance of Public Order Law that men of influence (the authority) depended on, who tortured the two presidents of the Soka Gakkai.”Mr. Motomura told with strong anger against persecution against Makiguchi sensei and Toda sensei. Lastly, he told “I say we do not need to create Conspiracy Law, which put the lives of citizens in danger. And we should scrap the law!”

The next person who spoke was Ms.B. She spoke about her own experience as it was. Ms. B joined a silent protest alone held in front of the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo in January 9 2016. Then, she told us earnestly “Let’s unite!” We think such singleminded voice of her realized the meetings around Japan. According to her, her friend did shakubuku to her (asked her to start this faith.) When she chanted daimoku, she felt things were going well. One day, she read a book for the explanation of a subject of Gosyo on a bus. Then, she was so amazed that she could not stop tears, and her nose did not stop running. Then, she looked down to hide her face. She had a sense of reverence for Shakuson, who preached such a guidance. Then, she thought “Wait. The person who wrote this book was Daisaku Ikeda. So, what is Nammyo-Horengekyo? To know about this more, I have to join the Soka Gakkai.” In this way, she made a determination, and joined the Soka Gakkai in 2001. Nevertheless, the Soka Gakkai was in the midst of sect problems. And on the Seikyo Newspaper, she saw critical and strong language against other sects, so she was very shocked. Also, she was disappointed with meetings, where members hardly share their own ideas. It was different from what she had imagined. Since then, she ceased to join meetings. One day, her daughter told critically to Ms. B “What the New Komeito have done is wrong!” What she said was right and consistent. So Ms. B decided to go to see the demonstration in front of the Diet Building. There, she saw a flag with the three colors. The person who held the flag high was Tatsushi Amano. Quite many members were in the demonstration, and she was very inspired that she saw a brilliant light “Here is the true Soka Gakkai!”
Since that day, she found a new her self, who thinks based on her actions and experiences, and has a freedom in her mind. She felt as if she was reborn day by day. However, in spite of her struggle, the security bills were passed with the approval of the New Komeito. She thought “This is dangerous!” “We must not break the solidarity. What should I do?” Then, she came to know about the silent protest conducted by the three former Soka Gakkai staff. She thought “I should join such bravery movement!” On the very day of a silent protest, in the early morning, she left her home for the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Tokyo, and stood in front of the headquarters with 16 fellow members. She was so impressed that she thought that movement was what she was looking for, and it was the ideal of Ikeda sensei. In the protest, she told other fellow members “It is important to unite. Now is the time to make more horizontal relationships. Let’s expand the solidarity!” In the end of her speech in the meeting in Kansai, Mr. B, who takes actions when coming up with something for the Soka Gakkai and Ikeda sensei, spoke about her determination “What I would like to say is to put into practice what you think is right. Why don’t we do a silent protest with 10000 fellow members around Japan in front of the headquarters in Tokyo? Let’s make solidarity, which even evils can not come close and hinder!” Her sincere and inspiring speech got a big hand from the audience.

The next person, who spoke, was Mitsuko Takigawa, who is the mother of Kiyoshi Takigawa. This was the five times for her to take the rostrum in meetings. She accepted the offer willingly. On this year, she became 70 years old, and her determination also became stronger and stronger. She spoke about her experience to write letters to President Harada to have dialogue in person. To realize the dialogue, she thought over and over what she should write, and her fingers were full of callouses. In the end of her speech her voice was full of spirit. She declared “I will live until I transform the Soka Gakkai to the one, which Ikeda sensei envisioned. Her heart had been never swayed by the symptoms of the cancer, and continued to struggle. Hearing her determination to continue to fight to transform the Soka Gakkai, the fellow members were so moved and inspired that the thunderous applause did not die down for some time.

When the first part of the meeting was over, we had a short break. After a while, Takigawa called out “We will have the second part of the meeting which everyone is looking forward to! Let’s talk frankly!” Beaming smiles of the members were here and there, and their eyes were sparkling, “We are looking forward to having this!”
In the beginning, Mr. C, who was a chapter leader of a district and who participated in this meeting the first time, started talking; “Hearing this kind of a meeting was held, I came here to meet fellow members. I am inspired and appreciated it for giving me such an occasion. I would like to ask a couple of things. I think it is very rough and hard for members to be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai. Do they make the causes of the excommunication clear when excommunicating? In Chubu or Nagoya, members who have been excommunicated are the ones who we could expect to be. Hearing your stories, it seems that excommunication is something easily done by the authoritarians. And If this happens in other prefectures, this is a big problem.” It is a natural question. Then, Mr. A, who helped us to look for this venue, started talking “There are six members including me, whose positions and titles were removed because of problems not relating to the ones involving the three former Soka Gakkai staff. Because the one of the members said “I would not like to end the relationship with the fellow members who were excommunicated”, the positions and titles of the member was removed. There are such cases of many. If we have a friend who is excommunicated, they will say “End the relationship with them. If you cannot, your positions and titles will be removed.” It is totally unacceptable. Do they want to say “the friends of the criminals are also criminals?” This is an insane logic.

An elderly member who came from Tokaido region (Shizuoka, Kanagawa, etc.) seemed that he could not understand, and asked “What were the reasons?” Mr. A answered “The true reason was because they have not ended the relationship with the excommunicated members. But, when they came to notify me of the excommunication, I was told “You said something inappropriate as a leader. So your positions and titles will be removed.” Then, I asked “I thought the Soka Gakkai’s guidance should not be like this. The Soka Gakkai guidance should be like when I said something inappropriate, they should say “It is wrong.” Mr. D remarked with a doubtful look “That’s all? What did you mention, actually?” Mr. A answered when I said “What is that(something inappropriate) ?”, they said “ I cannot tell you about it.” Ittook Mr. D by surprise. “What?” Mr. D said.

Then, Mr. A started to talk seriously. “Since I was in the student division, I have said “Rightis right, and wrong is wrong.” But, why did the leaders tell me suddenly “Your remarks are inappropriate” when I became a vice zone leader?” “Actually , leaders inquired me when my positions and titles were removed. They said “Come to the center”, and It was conversation between me and two leaders. At that time, they did not say I did something appropriate as a vise-zone leader. They asked me “You have done barbecue with your friends and gone to eat out, haven’t you?” Then, I answered “Yes, I have.” What they asked me were such things.” The attendants said “Really??” with big sighs. Mr. A kept on talking earnestly. “To sum up, they regarded the actions of connecting with those who are excommunicated as a problem. But when I said “I cannot end the relationship. Why should I cut off the friendship?” Then, they just said “I got it. You mean you cannot.” Everyone was surprised to know members became subject to being excommunicated so easily. Mr. A talked with conviction in attempt to encourage everyone. When my positions were removed, I asked “I will be excommunicated from the Soka Gakkai someday?” “Being excommunicated, will I get benefit when I have Gohonzon in my house and chant dimoku regarding Nichiren as the Gohonzon in Mappo (Age of the Final Dharma) and thinking Ikeda sensei as the eternal mentor?” Then, a top prefectural leader said “Yes, you will.” So, I thought it is nothing different even if I am excommunicated.”“For me, the benefit which we can get from Gohonzon is nothing different even if we are excommunicated.” “So, now I think it is ok for me to be excommunicated. It is not big deal. Sorry to say one word too much.”

Of course, nobody doesn’t want to be excommunicated. Everyone wants to live their lives just as Ikeda sensei said. The principle of the Soka Gakkai is the spirit of the relationship between the mentors and their disciples of the three founders, forever.

Hearing the strong determination of Mr. A, Noguchi strengthened his determination to transform the Soka Gakkai without never giving up, together with his fellow members, who carry through justice. Noguchi said “Without saying, it is not ok to be excommunicated. I think, like this meeting, we should expand the comradeship between fellow members and transform the Soka Gakkai. And we should take on the struggle together, declaring “Repeal the unfair excommunication!” In the Soka Gakkai, where Ikeda sensei was seen in public, the top leaders could not punish members easily. However, now if members do not obey the organization, such members are treated as evils and rebels. The organization excludes members who say their opinions earnestly. Originally, in the Soka Gakkai members mingled each other and say different opinions with each other, struggling to figure out an answers. After talking, everyone understood. However, now, the Soka Gakkai is the place, where everyone cannot share their opinions, and the place gives us a cooped-up feeling and oppressed us with force. The current Soka Gakkai is the world where Ikeda sensei dislikes the most.”

Mr. E, who was listening to everyone carefully and came from Kansai region, raised his hand and said “Speaking of which, my thought is different from you. the comradeship, for me, this is the third times to participate in meetings (which the three former Soka Gakkai staff hold.)” According to him, he was opposed to the Security Policy, basically. He had stuck on his thought that the New Komeito needed to keep the coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party. Then, he exerted himself in supporting the New Komeito. Plus, he made monetary contribution, the total sum of which amounted to the money with which he could buy a house. However, there was a turning point for him. One of his friend was excommunicated. Mr. E was talking, suppressing his anger. “I wrote letters to an executive in the headquarters. It said “The excommunication is not right.” Since then, I had not made any critical comments, but a senior leader came to my house, and told me “What did you do?” Then, the senior leader said “Since Edo era, it is decided that if you make a direct appeal, you will be beheaded.” So, I said “It is Heisei Era now.” A pair of sibling, who joined a meeting for the first time, looked at each other and said, inclining their heads “It was as if a feudal era.” Then, Mr. E said “I’ve never done something to bother the organization. However, my organizational positions were all removed. Some senior leaders added “You must not go to cultural centers” “You must not meet with members" “You must not join the Soka Gakkai activities.” A participant said angrily “It was the same as being excommunicated!” Mr. E answered, laughing bitterly “But I was allowed to make a monetary contribution.” Another participant said indignantly “It’s much worse!” Everyone was shocked and sighed. Mr. E continued “But I was told “You should not do other than that.” “Even if you met with a member, you must not greet nor talk.” “If you break the rule, you will be excommunicated.” It is the truth. That is what the current Soka is like.”
According to Mr. E, he just wrote a letter to one staff in the headquarters to safeguard his friend. In spite, they threatened him, saying “You will be excommunicated”, and his organizational positions were removed. It was ruthless story that we could not believe. They punished Mr. E without dialogue. Was the main principle of thee Soka Gakkai “dialogue”, wasn’t it? Why did the top leaders tries to obey members? What on earth are they afraid of?

Then, Mr.C, who worked hard at the forefront as a chapter leader, started talking, “I think dialogue is very important. So, I tried to share my ideas with those whose organizational positions were higher. For example, I told about the Security Policy or the political affairs.I asked “What do you think about it?” I talked with them personally, and tries to understand each other. Dialogue is so important, but in the current Soka Gakkai, we hardly have dialogue with each other. I think that when we talk about problems, we can find something we can empathize. So I have carried through having dialogue.”

Next, Mr. A shared his thoughts. “When we were young, we were told “You should think on your own and put it into practice.” However, since Ikeda sensei was not seen publicly, things changed. Leaders tell “You should not think on your own. What you are instructed is everything. Don’t think other than that. The faith means that you do as you were told.” Also, some leaders say “President Harada is something.” Then, when I asked how much he is special, they answered “President Harada is the greatest disciple.” Then, one participant said “when the president comes, it always rains.”

If we do not think by ourselves and just do what we have been told submissively, for what does the faith exist? The faith is something which makes us wiser and happier, doesn’t it?

After that, Mrs. B from Tokyo took out her mobile phone and shared message. It said “These days, probably because I joined silent protests, two prefectural leaders came to my working place, and talked with my boss to stop me to participate in silent protests, In another case, a prefectural leader contacted with my friend and his sister and her husband and persuaded, saying “Don’t make a contact with us.” Such an evil function is something as written in Gosho. So, I made my conviction on the faith stronger. Top leaders in the headquarters appealed to such a a dirty way. Also, they said mercilessly as following. “Even if you are fired, it cannot be helped because you do not obey.” Now we are engaged in the struggle which will go down in the history of Kosenrufu (the propagation of the Mythic Law). So we have to be very cautious, and let’s foster the solidarity. Please say regards to everyone.” It erupted in thunderous applause. The sender of this message was a person who we knew well. Since the Iraq war, he thought the New Komeito was wrong. So, he, who was a chapter leader then, studied hard, and created a video in which the problems of Security policy were summarized for members of women division in his district. Moreover, he set up opportunities of political study many times. In this way, he worked perseveringly, so members in his district changed their awareness, gradually. However, as they became busier and busier because of one instruction and another from senior leaders, their awareness got back to what it used to be. No leaders took him seriously. The days of suffering continued. He struggled and pondered “Is it right to keep being as a chapter leader?” So, it occurred to him that he should give back the position with his will. However, he came the decision that he should not neglect the divisional organization which Ikeda sensei entrusted to him. So he continued to fight persistently and patiently, welling up courage not to give in. It was then that he joined the silent protest. Knowing it, the headquarters decided to remove the position of his, and as the message said, the two leaders started putting pressure on his boss in his working place. In spite of the bitter situation, he flamed his undaunted spirit more and more, and made a strong resolve to transform the Soka Gakkai.

The silent protest held by the comrades started influencing the headquarters. It is reasonable that headwind becomes stronger when you keep going without giving up.

The courageous way of living, “not giving up for one’s faith” brightens the one. As a leader who has a mission, stand up now with the determination “I will take all responsibility for Kosen-rufu”
(Thee guidance of Ikeda sensei)

When Takigawa looked at his watch, the meeting was almost over. Takigawa would like Mr. J to share his ideas a little and asked him. Then, Mr. J started talking “With two leaders in my district, I talked about the book of the three former Soka Gakkai staff before. Until now, I have let four people to read the book, all of who have showed sympathy.” Hearing that, everyone gave claps to him and said “Great!”

Then, Mr. J’s wife, who sat next to Mr. J, asked us “I can’t believe that although the wife of Ikeda sensei was still fine, the Soka Gakkai went wrong. Have you ever written to her?” Takigawa answered “Yes, we have.” When we were the staff, in order to prove the innocence and justice of our comrades and also to tell Ikeda sensei our determination to improve the inner and structural problems of the Soka Gakkai and to make the ideal Soka Gakkai, we wrote a letter and sent to Ikeda sensei and his wife, respectively. However, leaders in the headquarters prevented it. We knew the fact on a later day. During the trial in court for repealing our dismissal, the headquarters submitted to the court our letters addressed to Ikeda sensei and his wife, insisting “They interfered the business of the Soka Gakkai, heavily.” Knowing the cruel act of the headquarters, we felt angry, and tears welled up. However, what we angered the most was that there were only top leaders hid their true intentions, wearing iron masks and did not report truth to Ikeda sensei for their self-protection.

Then, an elderly man said “Have his wife announced anything about the current state of the Soka Gakkai?” Kodaira answered “No, she hasn’t for now. But I think this is the will and decision of hers.” Our thought was that his wife continues an important struggle to safeguard Ikeda sensei. That could be the struggle, which only his wife could takes on. Then, Mr. D asked “How about the sons of Ikeda sensei?” Noguchi responded “When I was staff, I went to hand a letter to Hiromasa Ikeda directly, his oldest son. Then, he received it willingly, saying “I see.” However, I had had no response, so about ten days later, we asked to Hiromasa, “Have you handed my letter to Ikeda sensei, cir?” He answered “I can’t hand it to Ikeda sensei directly, so I did to the first secretary division.” “We were very disappointed to know the fact. We handed the letter to Hiromasa with the feeling of the last chance, because anyone didn’t answer to our request. One person said “That’s why the faith is not related to blood!” Kodaira said “I think so. If you prioritize the relationship of blood, it will be not fair and equal.

Then, Mr. A mentioned “Sorry to interrupt. I don’t intend to defend Hiromasa. But if Hiromasa read aloud the letter to Ikeda sansei or talked about the letter to other top leaders, he will be fired. Because of his organizational position, he can’t do it.” Hearing that, Mr. H said “It will be ok only if Ikeda sensei knows it, right?” Mr. A said “But if the fact is known, he will be fired. So Considering the health of Ikeda sensei, Hiromasa can’t do it.” “The thing is that Ikeda would call such a person a disciple, does he?” said Mr. H. Mr. G from Kawasaki shared his idea “In the Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra”, in short, Ikeda sensei mentioned that the thing is that it depends on how much we get negative information to improve thee organization. So, his guidance is that we have to report negative information. The idea that we cannot do it because of positions or titles is wrong. But if we need to consider positions, they have to listen to our side of the story. At least, they have to spare time to listen and know what has happened. This is because the Soka Gakkai became very huge, so they have to take an better way considering the condition. That’s the way a true disciple does.” Noguchi added “I went to hand a letter to Takahiro, the third son of Ikeda sensei. He said “You are regarded as a rebel because you are doing like this!” But actually, he had never listened to me. So I think the relationship of blood is not related to the depth of the faith. I would like them to fulfill their jobs as top leaders regardless of the relationship of blood. Kodaira mentioned “Ikeda sensei also wanted it.” Then, Mr. G said “I think there are different ideas, which is ok. The thing is that the Soka Gakkai has to be like this. Everyone shares their own ideas. So let’s do this!” However, If we do this, we will be considered like “You are not following the guidance of The Soka Gakkai. Then, we will be not allowed to join the organization. The current Soka Gakkai is like “Follow in silent.” So sharing ideas freely itself will be a problem.” It is not because of the Soka Gakkai but Mr. Harada. “That’s right!” Everyone agreed and said laughingly. The difference of ideas comes down to Ikeda sensei. As long as we keep the Soka Gakkai full of the spirit of Ikeda sensei, we can trust each other and have dialogue with each other vigorously. So, as Ikeda sensei says, dialogue is the lifeline.

Few time has left. Mrs. K, who came from Tokaido region, started talking, “It’s not me who wants to talk. Today, there is a member who joins a meeting for the first time.” Then, she introduced a female member next to her, Mrs. L. Mrs. L said “Mrs. K introduced me the book of the three former Soka Gakkai staff, and I came to know the reality of the current Soka Gakkai. In fact, around 1979, when Ikeda sensei resigned the president, I felt instinctively that the Soka Gakkai had changed badly. Since then it turned out worse. The New Komeito participated in power, and the top leaders changed badly. But hearing the experience of the lady from Tokyo and that of Mitsuko Takigawa, it felt me like the old days of the Soka Gakkai. I think that in the current Soka Gakkai, we can’t feel something like this. When leaders changed badly, the experiences of the faith also changed, after all. So, I think bad things came to surface because the Soka Gakkai have derailed from the path of the guidance of Ikeda sensei.” Everyone listened to the story of Mrs. L carefully, which got to the point. She concluded “Now, not only we but also leaders have to think in accordance with Gosho, “What is the true goal?” “What is Kosen-rufe (the propagation of the Mythic Law)” The world is facing a major turning point. Now is the time that we appeal to as many people as possible what is true peace. Anyway, what we can do is to realize each mission of Bodhisattva and fulfill it in accidence with Gosho. I have to study. And other members also have to learn what Ikeda sensei pursues in accordance with Gosho, which is important.”

Hearing the strong determination of the female member for the good future and the world peace, the eyes of everyone was sparkling, and they gave her a great ovation. I could not help feeling that the future of the Soka Gakkai, the world peace, and the happiness of the human being depend on the determination and action of each member.

Lastly, one member said “Let’s make shout of victory as we did in the meeting in Okayama!” Then, everyone got to their feet with beaming smile. Takigawa clenched his fist, and cried out “Everyone, let’s our heart unite! Let’s get the Soka Gakkai back to the one of Ikeda sensei!” “Yeah!” The voices rang out to the clear sky with no clouds. The meeting in Nagoya was closed with great success and victory. The meeting was vigorous and full of energy. After the meeting, everyone started talking as if they did not want to separate with each other. The determination “Get back to the Soka Gakkai of Ikeda sensei” united members and creates driving force to make solidarity and to advance even in difficulty and hardship!




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The Three Former Soka Gakkai Staff

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

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

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

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

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