Matsuoka Queries #21-25
Question #21. Nikken Abe, why don’t you live your life of retirement at the head temple or at a local temple, just as previous high priests did?
Question #22. Nikken Abe, why don’t you live the simple life of retirement in the countryside, as the 59th high priest Nichiko did at his Sessen-so lodge? Why do you instead live in a lavish mansion (such as the ones only affordable by the super-rich) in one of the most expensive sections of Tokyo?
Question #23. Nikken, you and your wife, Masako could live at the Renyo-an lodging at the head temple. When you need to go to Tokyo, you could just rent a room at the head temple’s branch office in Shoto, Shibuya, or you could stay at your son’s temple (Myokoku-ji) in Itabashi ward, Tokyo. Why don’t you live simply and inexpensively like this?
Question #24. When a new branch office was constructed in Shibuya ward, Tokyo, why wasn’t the old branch office at Setagaya ward closed? For last few years, Nikken, was there such a need to maintain two branch offices in Tokyo?
Question #25. Next is a subject that is very distasteful to me, but it is nonetheless important. I asked Nikken to respond firmly to the report that “he got a vasectomy as a practice of permanent contraception for the sake of pursuing pleasure.” In response, he stated that “there was no such fact existed.” He then criticized me strongly, saying that “your nerve is beyond ordinary people when you ask filthy questions concerning my bodily privacy, such as whether I had an operation for vasectomy or not; and you published this in a book without confirming the facts” (Letter dated December 13, 2005, page 122).
However, I never came to a conclusion about Nikken’s vasectomy operation. I asked Nikken about it because I wanted to know the real facts. There is only one way to confirm or deny this report: Nikken should release a medical report from a reliable medical institution stating “there was no evidence of an operation for vasectomy on Nikken Abe’s body.”
Nikken Abe was 70 years-old when Domei Tsushin, a newsletter, brought up this suspicion in June 1993. At that point in time, if Nikken had proved the existence of his sexual potency and filed a defamation suit against Yushu Goho Domei (Association Concerned About the Plight of Nichiren Shoshu for the Protection of the Law), he would have certainly won the case and restored his fallen honor.
Now, Nikken, you are beginning to show your anger about this, so late in the discussion, saying that “there is not a trace of respect for human rights,” “coarse nature,” and “cankered.” Why didn’t you get an examination certificate from a medical doctor when the suspicion first arose in 1993? And why you haven’t filed a defamation suit by now?
As long as you are now denying the suspicions about your vasectomy, Nikken, you should strongly request a public apology from Eisai Takano (now called Nikkai Takano) and Hiroko Omura (wife of Nitto Omura), who are the sources of the rumor. Now that you are stepping down from the seat of high priest, there should be no reason to fail to respond to these charges. I tell you, Nikken, if you want to protect the dignity of the seat of high priest at Taiseki-ji, you must answer my questions and satisfy the doubt that exists on this point, both within and without the priesthood.
Talking about the reputation of Nikken, I have one more point which I would like to clarify. In the book, Hossu no Daishumon (Great Scandals of the High Priest), authored by Yushu goho Domei and published by East Press in 1994, a shocking suspicion was revealed: Nikken’s father was not Nikkai Abe, the 60th high priest, but Hogen Takano (Nisshin), who was once the chief priest of Jyosen-ji. If the allegation proves to be true, it means that Nobuo Hikosaka (later known as Nikken Abe) was the child born between Suma Hikosaka (later called Myoshu Abe) and Hogen Takano, yet he was raised as the child of Nikkai Abe.
Let me make clear that I have no intention whatsoever of discriminating against people with unorthodox parentage. In Nikken’s case, however, it is said that he was promoted through the ranks of the priesthood while presenting himself as a “person of high birth,” the “son of the high priest.” In that sense, if Nikken was not in fact a biological child of Nikkai, then he falsely took advantage of a fake “bloodline” and achieved recognition and positions such as study department leader, general administrator, and high priest.
In other words, this allegation may reveal a problem similar to what is often described as “fraud in application for employment.” Rather than respond, Nikken has kept silence for 11 years concerning the allegations from the book, Great Scandals of the High Priest. In order to consider the accusation of “fraud in bloodline” (which is similar to “fraud in application for employment”), I will ask Nikken following question.
To be continued Question 26.