Shukan Shincho

“Media Terrorism,” written by Eiichi Yamamoto, details how “Shukan Shincho” reporter Mamoru Kadowaki wrote about the Nobuhira incident as many as 36 times. Kadowaki also gave detailed instructions on how the “false memoir” could be used to create an uproar. The court also sternly condemned the “Shukan Shincho.”
The Communist Party of Japan

Two months before Nobuko Nobuhira’s article appeared in the “Shukan Shincho,” it appeared in the “Akahata,” an organ publication of the Communist Party of Japan. “Akahata” continued to feature articles supporting Nobuko after Junko Nobuhira filed suit against SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. According to Nobuko, “a lawyer of the Communist Party of Japan” was in charge of Junko’s lawsuit. To say the relationship between the Communist Party and the Nobuhiras as unusual would be an understatement.

Former politician Katsuhiko Shirokawa, who used the “Shukan Shincho” story to pose questions in a session of the Diet (Japan’s Parliament), saw defeat in upper and lower house elections. The “April Group,” another group of politicians who tried to take advantage of the allegations, disappeared in March 2001.

Masatomo Yamazaki

In 1993, Masatomo Yamazaki—previously convicted of trying to extort the Soka Gakkai—wrote a letter to Nikken Abe informing him of a newly hatched conspiracy against the Soka Gakkai. The letter contained phrases laying out a blueprint of the plan, including “use the testimonies of a former Soka Gakkai leader,” “use the ‘Shukan Shincho,’” and “get politicians involved.”

A newspaper also reported that Yamazaki forced LDP officials to produce a large amount of leaflets promoting the Nobuhira Incident, conveniently providing Yamazaki with significant profits.
Masao Okkotsu

Masao Okkotsu, a self-proclaimed journalist known for his stance against the Soka Gakkai, served as the emcee at the press conference for the Nobuhiras, attended private meetings with the Nobuhiras, and has became one of their intimate friends.
Nichiren Shoshu

Nikken Abe, the chief executive of Nichiren Shoshu, is known for his open enmity of the Soka Gakkai. Members of Nichiren Shoshu were engaged in secret maneuvers in the Nobuhira Incident.

“Emyo”—Nichiren Shoshu’s organ paper—widely advertised that Nobuhira’s story would be carried in the “Shukan Shincho.” The court strictly condemned Nichiren Shoshu stating “they were aware of Nobuko’s Memoirs being introduced in ‘Shukan Shincho’ beforehand.”

In 1994, Hiroyuki Fujiwara, a Nichiren Shoshu priest of Bukken-ji in Hokkaido, was accused of attempted rape. The victim, a former employee of the temple, pointed out that her account, introduced in a local magazine a year and a half prior, closely resembles the account of Nobuko Nobuhira. Back then, a member of the Communist Party of Japan had concealed themselves at the temple.