Tokyo (ots-PRNewswire) - The Tokyo District Court today dismissed
claims by Mr. Junko Nobuhira for civil damages resulting from
allegations by his wife, Nobuko Nobuhira, that she had been sexually
assaulted by Daisaku Ikeda, the honorary president of the Soka
The chief judge, Shintaro Kato, ruled that there was no evidence
to believe that any of the rape allegations were factual. The judge
stated that although the honorary president of a large religious
organization has to meet various types of public criticism, "there is
no reason that he has to be exposed to scandalous news reports
written with very little factual grounds -- such as this case."
Mrs. Nobuko Nobuhira's past claims against Mr. Ikeda were
dismissed earlier by the Tokyo District Court as well as the Tokyo
High Court. Mr. Junko Nobuhira, in separate court cases filed against
him, has been ordered by the court to repay more than 53 million yen
(approx. US$ 500,000) he had extorted from various Soka Gakkai
members in Hokkaido.
Judge Kato stated that he found Mr. Nobuhira's suit in this case
was an extension of his desire to damage the reputation of Mr. Ikeda.
In rejecting the suit, the judge concluded: "It would not only cause
the defendant further damage to continue to examine this case, but
also lead the court to assist the plaintiff in his absurd plan."
ots Original Text Service: Soka Gakkai
Rie Tsumura of Soka Gakkai Office of Public Relations
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