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Part 9. Heart-Devouring Hungry Spirits

Masatomo Yamazaki Learns from Taiten Member Kazuo Inagaki
How to Bash Another Religious Organization

As to the significance of the construction of the Sho-Hondo, it was first defined as the “Substantial High Sanctuary,” as indicated by the letter written to promote donations for its construction. The Sho-Hondo was also defined as the “High Sanctuary of the True Teaching” in the speech High Priest Nittatsu gave at Shoko-ji, Kofu, Shizuoka, on October 4, 1967.

However, the idea of the national sanctuary, which was advocated by Chigaku Tanaka, was deeply rooted in the minds of the priesthood of Nichiren Shoshu, even before the completion of the Sho-Hondo. The fact that almost every aspect of the Sho-Hondo was completed by the Soka Gakkai must have been extremely annoying to the priesthood. Perhaps that is why, at the time of the completion of the Sho-Hondo, Nichiren Shoshu avoided defining the Sho-Hondo as the Actual High Sanctuary of the True Teaching, whose completion was willed by Nichiren Daishonin.

With this in the background, High Priest Nittatsu shifted the meaning of the Sho-Hondo away from “the actual high sanctuary at this point in time” (according to the admonition he issued on April 28, 1972) and “a great edifice that should be the High Sanctuary of Honmon-ji temple at the time of kosen-rufu.” Because of this decision by the priesthood of Nichiren Shoshu, the final definition of the Sho-Hondo became an issue for the future.

This shift in the definition of the Sho-Hondo allowed another devilish function to arise. Katsuya Matsumoto, a staff member of the Min’on Concert Association, filed a lawsuit in Tokyo District Court against the Soka Gakkai on November 11, 1972, seeking the return of donated money. He claimed that it was fraudulent to change the original meaning of the Sho-Hondo, after the collection of donations for its construction was finished.

The Soka Gakkai won the first trial in October 1975, but lost the second trial in April 1981. In the third trial, the Soka Gakkai scored a complete victory. It was a difficult experience because the sentence was reversed twice.

The lawsuit that Matsumoto filed against the Soka Gakkai affected the Sotairen (the Federation to Discuss How to Cope with Soka Gakkai Issues). The director of this organization was Kazuo Inagaki and its directors were Toshio Umezawa, Shinkan Mitsuhara, Chikara Nomura and others, totaling eight people. Director Inagaki was a member of Rissho Koseikai. He was deeply involved in investigating the Soka Gakkai, together with Yoshiaki Nakayama, a staff member of Rissho Koseikai. The Sotairen received a donation of 500,000 yen from Kinjiro Niwano, the second son of Nikkei Niwano, founder of Rissho Koseikai. He is currently General Director of Kosei High School. Mitsuhara came from the family of a chief administrator of the Negoro school of Shingon Shu. Nomura was a chapter chief of the Japan Communist Party.

Before the Sotairen filed a collective lawsuit for return of the donations for the Sho-Hondo construction, Masatomo Yamazaki helped to develop a compromise between the Soka Gakkai and the Sotairen. After this compromise, Inagaki and Umezawa became Yamazaki’s supporters, and offered him all sorts of information. Their relationship continued all the way up to and beyond the point where Yamazaki blackmailed the Soka Gakkai in 1980.

Using Inagaki, Yamazaki began manipulating things in December 1972, to the point where the Sotairen was disbanded. Later, Yamazaki received inside information from Rissho Koseikai through Inagaki. Taking advantage of Inagaki’s network, Yamazaki put under his control the Japan Religious Broadcasting Association. The association’s first president was Masasumi Ando, then the Minister of Education. Its second president was Hidenori Ohishi, then secretary general of the Shinshuren, Japan New Religious Organizations Federation. Ohishi belonged to the Special Investigation Bureau of the Justice Department during the time of GHQ, or the General Headquarters of Supreme Commander for Allied Powers. His bureau was assigned to watch the activities of religious organizations in those days.

After GHQ retreated from Japan, he organized the Shinshuren, using the power of the bureau to which he belonged. Due to his influence, Rissho Koseikai, Perfect Liberty (PL), and Seicho no Ie joined the Shinshuren and Ohishi became its secretary general. Organizing the Shinshuren was in tune with the intent of William P. Woodard who promoted GHQ religious policy.

The third president of the Japan Religious Broadcasting Association was Yoshinari Wakayama, the editor of the Shin Shukyo Shimbun that was the organ paper of the Shinshuren. Various Buddhist, Shinto, and Christian schools supported the formation of the Japan Religious Broadcasting Association.

Later, I followed Yamazaki’s order to hide my identity, and I joined this association. I became the editor of Shukyo Hyoron, the association’s organ paper. Using my position in the association, I engaged myself in collecting data and information about the Japanese religious world and anti-Gakkai forces.

Inagaki was originally a member of the Soka Gakkai. After being a Gakkai member for four years, he moved to Rissho Koseikai, where he became involved in activities to deal with the Soka Gakkai. He had a criminal history of theft. Given that he was living in the darker side of society, Inagaki had strong nerves and was good at maneuvering in society. Yamazaki learned many things from him while playing mahjongg.

Inagaki played a chief role in forming the Sotairen. When he attacked the Soka Gakkai using the banner of the Sotairen, he worked together with members of the sensationalist press. He showed Yamazaki how to manipulate and control the media while attacking a religious organization.

Here is an example. Inagaki claims:

“In order to attack a religious organization from inside, you first meet with a person who has some knowledge of the group, and some kind of grudge. Try to get him or her to write an anonymous memoir. After getting the public’s attention, you can then reveal his or her real name. By first appearing anonymously, you deliver a jolt and create some suspicion to the people of the religious organization. In this way, you can sway some people to the point where they come to support your cause. Then, you can publish the same information, this time having the writer use his or her real name. In this way, the insider’s information becomes more destructive. You can use one piece of information twice to attack the religious organization.”

Yamazaki actually adopted this method, and pretended that he was just revealing correct information. That was his excuse when he was arrested in 1980 for blackmail.

Attempting to Split Rissho Koseikai to Create a New Religious Organization

Inagaki revealed to Yamazaki the financial schemes used by Rissho Koseikai. They included an unjust money-collecting system in its life insurance business, fortunetelling by naming, [NOTE: I don’t know what this is – can you explain??]and real estate. Inagaki went so far as to reveal Nikkei Niwano’s affair with a woman. Her mother had spread this scandal widely inside the sect, and this matter became a big issue within the organization. (Whether her story is true or not is still unknown.)

Yamazaki used this story in his blackmail trial in 1980. What he heard from Inagaki about Nikkei’s alleged scandal served as the model for Yamazaki’s made-up story about the affair that he alleged President Ikeda had with other women. Yamazaki also copied some aspects of the story of an affair that Tokuchika Miki, the founder of the PL organization, was involved in. I was the first to share this information with him. Because I was around Yamazaki all the time, I can clearly understand the way Yamazaki twists information.

At the beginning of 1978, Yamazaki told me, “President Ikeda is having no affair with any woman.” Yamazaki said this to me a little unhappily. This small incident became one of the reasons why I left him later.

In any case, through his relationship with Inagaki, Yamazaki came to view religion as a system to make money in human society. And as Yamazaki’s view of religion changed, he caused a horrible incident.

In 1973, Yamazaki decided to attack Rissho Koseikai, which was the main support for Sotairen behind the scenes. Yamazaki focused upon Kenzaburo Araki, the No. 5 man in Rissho Koseikai, who was Chief of the Rissho Koseikai Tokyo Propagation Parish.

Araki had stopped activities within Rissho Koseikai because of the doubts he developed in his heart — this happened after he learned about one of the Niwano family members who was born with both male and female sexual organs. Araki felt this might be actual proof of the family’s misdirection. Yamazaki encouraged Araki to form a group called “Association to Protect Tomorrow’s Rissho Koseikai.” Following this encouragement, Araki had the construction companies that built the Rissho Koseikai Grand Main Temple and other facilities file a lawsuit against the sect. In this way, Yamazaki tried to shake up Rissho Koseikai.

One night, I went to Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture, with Yamazaki and Takeoka, our chauffeur of the night. Looking out to the ocean in the darkness, he said to us,

“Let’s divide Rissho Koseikai and make a new religious organization. We can appoint Yoshinari Wakaya as its founder, and Inagaki as its general director. Araki is not suitable for becoming a founder of a religious sect. Wakayama is different. Put a haori on him, let him wear a hakama and don a hood: You will see a founder of a religious sect in him. He can make a good fortuneteller, too. He may have his followers. Inagaki is well-spoken and good at making believers donate money.

“The Soka Gakkai is the only organization that is fighting hard against the Communist Party, but the Gakkai does not have to be that way. Many Gakkai members have been involved in meaningless strife with the Communist Party. The Gakkai does not have to be used by those who rule this nation. We can create a cushion by putting another organization between the Soka Gakkai and the Communist Party. This new organization does not have to be big. If it’s 100,000 believers, that’d be enough.”

After sharing this idea of his, Yamazaki took us to a French restaurant. He told us, “I bet that you guys have never eaten French dishes.”

“No, sir,” Takeoka and I said.

“I’ll allow you to have what is most delicious among French dishes,” said Yamazaki.

What was served was escargot. The escargot looked pretty eerie to me just as Yamazaki’s proposition of having a new religious organization looked eerie. Neither of us could digest them well. The following day I had a talk with Takeoka, and we agreed, “The escargot did not look like human food. Oysters in Hiroshima taste much better.” We praised Hiroshima oysters because both of us came from Hiroshima. Regarding the new religious organization that Yamazaki advocated, we agreed that it was an absurd idea. We said, “He’s weird. His brain is becoming a fossil like ammonite!”

Ammonite perished because it became too big. Takeoka and I were still suffering from the terrible aftertaste of the escargot that we had eaten.

We didn’t take seriously what Yamazaki had said that night. Saying something unrealistic was usual with him. To my surprise, I later found out that Yamazaki had indeed asked Takashi Harashima to come up with a new doctrine for this religious organization he had come up with.

Yamazaki Was Serious about Making a New Religious Organization

President Ikeda heard about Yamazaki’s plan to attack the Rissho Koseikai, so he stopped it, giving him strict guidance. Attacking the Rissho Koseikai was Yamazaki’s own idea. Yamazaki’s response was, “President Ikeda is so narrow-minded. Why can’t he be broad-minded enough to allow a disciple of his to have another religious organization?”

His response shocked me. Yamazaki doggedly pursued evidence to find out how President Ikeda came to know about his plans. He thought that Harashima had leaked the information to Vice President Hojo, and that the vice president had reported to the president about this matter. With that notion, Yamazaki was cursing at Harashima behind his back, saying:

“How can that kind of unsophisticated man, who is ignorant of the way things happen in regular society, become the fourth president of the Soka Gakkai? By looking at his face, people in society will think that the Soka Gakkai is a gathering of abnormal individuals. That bastard is damn conceited. He may be happily doing things as he please, but remember, I’ll drag him into my camp.

“I too am short and losing hair. But I don’t have as much of an inferiority complex as he does.

“The Gakkai will be ruined if that kind of unsophisticated man should become its fourth president.”

Yamazaki was also thinking of the possibility that information from outside may have come into the P.R. department of the Soka Gakkai, thereby spoiling his scheme against the Rissho Koseikai.

“I wonder if Wakayama, whom I tried to put in the founder’s position, leaked the information to a reporter, who then may have shared it with our P.R. office?” said Yamazaki.

He also said, “I’ve been working very hard on the front line of ‘information war,’ inspiring outsiders to work for us. Why should I be scolded? Why does he (President Ikeda) have to take so seriously what he heard about my plan, which is just a plan? I’ve had it.”

Judging from the way Yamazaki took action from that point onward, I could tell that he was serious about the plan. Yamazaki had been completely swayed by a “religious mafia” like Inagaki.

Inagaki once spoke to me about Yamazaki, “He’s behaving as if he had strong nerves. But his nerves are very thin. He’s a very sensitive man.”

Inagaki was pretending to be a good follower when Yamazaki was around, but really he was observing his boss very closely. Inagaki had his own plans and was trying to use Yamazaki for his own benefit.