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国税裁判(日本視聴覚社
vs 荻窪税務署長)


海外の不動産 

国内不動産

報道被害について
報道被害について(2)


詫び状の実態

強制捜査

前世再臨イエス

過去から現在にかけて、宗教団体ワールドメイト(WorldMate)(旧名称コスモメイト(Cosmomate)ほか)は、多数の高額裁判を起こしている。

インフォバーン(サイゾー)裁判では、当初、ワールドメイト、ワールドメイトの関連会社たちばな出版半田晴久(Haruhisa Handa)(教祖名 旧名深見青山→深見東州(Toshu Fukami)、またの名を戸渡阿見(ととあみ)、レオナルドTOSHU氏が原告となって訴えていたが、主張と証拠の提出をほぼ終了した段階で取下げ、その後、原告が分離した形で、それぞれ全く関係のない住所地の裁判所(福岡、札幌、甲府)で被告を提訴。

さらに東京地裁に職権移送されると、再度取下げ、再び同一事件を東京地裁で訴訟提起。その後の裁判でも、ワールドメイトの社である皇大神社の所在する静岡県の裁判所で訴訟提起するなど、ワールドメイト側の多数の裁判提起により、「ワールドメイト被害救済ネット」が設立され、リンク総合法律事務所内に事務局が置かれている。       http://kyusai020826.web.fc2.com/

被告側は、それぞれの裁判で、「移送申立書」を各裁判所に提出。各裁判所の決定により、全ての裁判は、東京地裁で行われた。
 
尚、ワールドメイトの前代表故栂村繁郎氏(2009年5月20日亡)と、現代表深見東州こと半田晴久氏の居住地の虚偽性について、被告代理人弁護士紀藤正樹氏より「報告書」が提出されている。(平成13年(2001年)11月16日、平成14年9月20日その他)

栂村繁郎氏については、東京都虎ノ門に特許事務所を構えているにもかかわらず、静岡から新幹線を使って虎ノ門の事務所に通勤するのは不可能。就労関係にある栂村繁郎氏が妻子と別居して、静岡県大仁で生活していると主張するのは不自然、等が書かれている。
 
これに反論する栂村繁郎氏の平成14年(2002年)9月29日の「陳述書」によれば、
 
全ての神事の申し込みは、支部等で受けたものが総本部(静岡県大仁)に終結され、玉串の現金封筒の回収作業も行っている。仕事の大部分は当団総本部の事務棟で行っている。東京に所在する特許事務所の方は、他の者がやっており、月に一度だけ行くだけで、ワールドメイトの仕事に専念するために、大仁に住所を移している。

また、訴訟の進行はすべて、静岡県田方郡大仁町にある総本部で責任役員らが討議を行って決定している等主張している。

一方、半田晴久(教祖名 深見青山→深見東州、またの名を戸渡阿見(ととあみ))、レオナルドTOSHU氏は、大仁は、祭儀や定まった行事が行われている原告の中心であり、本部である。大仁に生活の拠点を置かざるを得ず、大仁を住所としている。父母の相続により、平成12年までに南荻窪に登記を済ませているが、この物件には全く居住していないと主張。深見東州こと半田晴久氏が大仁に居を構えている証拠として、和室に布団を敷き、少しの家具(鏡台、小さな引出し付家具の上にTVらしきもの)を置いた写真を提出している。

深見東州こと半田晴久氏は、メルマガその他で貧しいことのすばらしさを説き、「今でも豪邸に住まず、事務所を転々としてそこに住み、リッチな生活をせず、お金があるかないか眼中にない日々を送っている」と述べており、それを信じている会員か、あるいは、工作員の書込みがリンク総合法律事務所内に設置されていた「(旧)ワールドメイトに関する議論掲示板」でも見られた。

しかし、ワールドメイト関連(NPO法人)世界芸術文化振興協会(IFAC)への海外からの連絡先となっている、同じ南荻窪に所在するマンションは、深見青山→深見東州こと半田晴久自身が使用していると推測され、「豪邸」はあるが、便利なマンションに住んでいると思われる。実際、深見東州こと半田晴久氏が大仁に住所を移転する前は、そのマンションが住所地として登録されており、その書類は裁判所にも提出されている。

なお、日本視聴覚社vs荻窪税務署長(国税裁判)について、ワールドメイトは、内部会議の押収録音テープ等が「偽造」であり、あたかも裁判所がその「偽造」を認めたかのように会員に対して発表しているが地裁はもとより高裁の判決でも、裁判所はそのような判断は一切していないワールドメイトは、判決を故意に歪曲して会員に発表している。

半田晴久氏の証人尋問は、過去2度行われているが(2009年現在)、深見東州こと半田晴久氏発言の虚偽性が見え隠れしているのがよく分かる。(深見東州こと半田晴久氏発言のテープ反訳 → 関連会社

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ワールドメイトと深見青山→深見東州こと半田晴久氏が提訴したサイゾー裁判では、ワールドメイト側が訴えの全てを取り下げ、宗教ジャーナリスト藤田庄市氏に対しては、平成17年4月19日開催予定の口頭弁論を放棄したが、その藤田庄市氏の論文、「オウム、『統一協会・・・「信教の自由」に奪われた自由』が中央公論に掲載されている(2012年5月号)。

その中で、1995年の地下鉄サリン事件以降の宗教犯罪・事件の主なものを挙げているが、ヤマギシ会の小中学生への対応や申告漏れなど諸問題の表面化、ライフスペース・ミイラ事件、法の華三法行詐欺事件、富士大石寺顕彰会暴力布教事件、パナウエーブ研究所「白装束」事件、、ホームオブハート児童虐待事件、聖神中央教会性的暴行事件、真光元神社(まこも神社)女子中学生死亡事件、紀元会集団暴行死事件、神世界事件、統一教会信者特定商取引法・薬事法違反事件、幸運乃光など高島易断系事件、統一教会信者ストーカー事件、オセロ中島騒動に並んで、ワールドメイトの民事訴訟乱訴が入っている。

なお、カルトの定義の一つには、一般に、「裁判の多さ」が言われている。  
  (Court Case)

 A Court Decision involving World Mate and Haruhisa Handa

Here is an excerpt English translation of the court decision in one of the many cases which World Mate, Haruhisa Handa (aka Toshu Fukami) its leader, and/or their related parties filed against individuals or companies criticizing them but lost or settled without getting any recovery.

In the decision, the court branded World Mate as a "wicked religion".

(Excerpt Translation)

Tokyo District Court
Docket No. (Wa)13753/2001, Damages Claim Suit
Judgment announced on February 24, 2003

Judgment

Plaintiff: World Mate
Plaintiff: Haruhisa Handa
Plaintiff: Tachibana Publishing Inc.
Attorneys for plaintiffs: Kensuke Nishigaito and Hideo Takasaki

Defendant: Tojusha, Inc.
Defendant: Masahiko Shimura
Defendant: Ohgochi Toshiteru
Attorneys for defendants: Masaki Kito and Eri Hironaka

Order

1. All claims of the plaintiffs are hereby denied.
2. The court costs shall be borne by the plaintiffs.

I.The Outline of Case
1. Summary of claims

Each of the plaintiffs sought damages in the amount of \30 million plus interest jointly and severally payable by the defendants, Tojusha, the publisher of a monthly magazine, Masahiko Shimura, editor of the magazine and Toshiteru Ohgochi who contributed an article to the magazine on the ground that Ohgochi's article published in the magazine constituted a defamation against the plaintiffs.

Later, each of the plaintiffs sought additional damages in the amount of \10 million plus interest payable jointly and severally by the defendants on the ground that defendants Shimura and Ohgochi organized the "World Mate Victims Relief Net" and distributed copies of said article to the attendants including media people at the first meeting of said Net.

Undisputed facts

Parties

Plaintiff World Mate is an unincorporated religious body having its headquarters in and its chapters in various parts of Japan.

Plaintiff Haruhisa Handa is the leader of World Mate and is also known as Toshu Fukami.
Plaintiff Tachibana Publishing Inc. is a corporation engaged in publication
s.

Defendants

Defendant Tojusha is a corporation which publishes a monthly magazine "Psiko".
Defendant Masahiko Shimura is the editor of "Psiko".
Defendant Toshiteru Ohgochi is a writer who contributed his article to Psiko.

3. The article in question

In the February 2001 issue of Psiko, an article written by Defendant Ohgochi and titled "The World of Shigeo Matsumoto" (hereinafter the "Article") was published. In the Article were passages to the following effect:

(a)  Toshu is the leader of a new religion "World Mate" which has 26,000 followers and which was assessed a \3.3 billion deficiency by the Tokyo National Tax Bureau for hiding its income of more than \6 billion. Toshu was sued by his female followers for sexual harassment. His way of spreading his religion is to tell the follower that he or she is possessed by a black dragon and will be cursed by an evil spirit unless it is removed and receive \50,000 to \300,000 as his fees for removal of the evil spirit. Some followers who are husband and wife paid as much as \10 million. Another follower paid \100 million in her desperate hope to cure the disease of her child, by selling her house and borrowing money. It is just the same trick as the one used by Hogen Fukunaga who was arrested by the Prosecutor's Office for his "Sole Diagnosis". (hereinafter the "First Part of the Article").

(b)  There was an urgent message that "Tachibana Publishing" is a company controlled by Toshu Fukami........, I immediately alerted Mr. H that the publishing company is involved with a wicked religion,......., if a Noh review magazine serves the leader of a wicked religion and is subsidized by black money, it would incur criticism and may result in a turf strife among Noh performers and damage to reputation. You should break with Tachibana Publishing as soon as possible. (hereinafter the "Second Part of the Article").

4. Plaintiffs' petition for addition of a new cause of action and the defendants' objection thereto.

In the 9th hearing, the plaintiffs filed a motion for addition of a new cause of action. The alleged new cause of action is that Defendant Shimura and Defendant Ohgochi organized the "World Mate Victims Relief Net" on August 15, 2002 and at its first meeting held on the 26th day of the same month distributed copies of the Article to many attendants including media people and held themselves out as victims. Each plaintiff sought additional damages of \10 million plus interest jointly and severally payable by the defendants on the ground that such conduct by the defendants constituted a tort and caused the plaintiffs mental sufferings. The defendants objected to the motion and sought its denial by the court.

III. The Court's holdings on issues
Justification and Tortious Intent/Negligence

A. . A defamation by publishing a fact is lawful (justified) where the conduct concerns public interest and purports exclusively to further public interest if the fact is proven to be true in its material part, or even where the fact is not so proven, if the actor reasonably believes the fact to be true, there is no culpable intent or negligence. A defamation by publishing an opinion or comment based on a fact is lawful (justified) where the conduct concerns public interest and purports exclusively to further the public interest if the fact on which the opinion or comment is based is proven to be true in its material part unless the opinion or comment amounts to a personal attack or otherwise goes beyond the permissible limit of an opinion or comment. Such defamation lacks culpable intent or negligence even where the fact is not proven to be true if the actor reasonably believed the fact to be true. These are established court precedents. (See the Supreme Court Decisions dated October 20, 1983, April 24, 1987, December 21, 1989, and September 9, 1997).

The First Part of the Article falls under the category of a defamation by publication of the facts that Plaintiff World Mate was assessed a deficiency of \3.3 billion by the Tokyo National Tax Bureau for its concealment of \6 billion income, that Plaintiff Handa was sued by his female followers for sexual harassment and by publication of a comment based on the fact that Plaintiff World Mate received a large amount of money by way of its fees for removal of evil spirits by taking advantage of the plight of its followers. The Second Part of the Article falls under the category of a defamation by publication of the comment primarily based on the fact that Plaintiff Handa is the leader of World Mate and that he has a strong influence on Plaintiff Tachibana Publishing,   in addition to the publication of the aforementioned facts. Neither the First Part nor the Second Part of the Article constitutes a tort if the aforementioned requirements for justification are met. Considerations are given below in those regards.

B. Plaintiff World Mate is a religious body which has its headquarters in and its chapters in various parts of Japan, has Plaintiff Handa as its leader and has more than 40,000 followers. It is considered to be a matter of great public concern whether the activities of such religious body are within the socially permissible scope. The First Part of the Article published the facts that Plaintiff World Mate was assessed a deficiency of \3.3 billion by the Tokyo National Tax Bureau for its concealment of over \6 billion income and that Plaintiff Handa was sued by his female followers for his sexual harassment and the comment based on the fact that Plaintiff World Mate collected a large amount of money as its fees for removal of evil spirits by taking advantage of difficulties on the part of its followers. The Second Part of the Article published a comment primarily based on those facts as premises. Thus, the contents of the Article are considered to be a matter of great concern to society and thus to concern public interest and purport exclusively to further the public interest.

C. Next, the truthfulness of the published or premised facts is considered.

(a) First, the court considers the truthfulness of the fact that Plaintiff World Mate was assessed a deficiency of \3.3 billion by the Tokyo National Tax Bureau for its hiding of over \6 billion income.
According to evidence, it is recognized that it was Cosmo World Co., Ltd. rather than Plaintiff World Mate, an unincorporated religious body, that was assessed the \3.3 billion deficiency for concealment of more than \6 billion income.

However, another evidence shows that the Tokyo National Tax Bureau (Ogikubo Tax Office) assessed the deficiency after determining that Plaintiff World Mate is part of Cosmo World Co., Ltd. and Cosmo World should have filed its tax return for the income of Plaintiff World Mate as the income of the former. Evidence, the by-laws of Plaintiff World Mate and the tenor of the entire pleadings show that Plaintiff World Mate and Cosmo World have their directors in common and are in inseparable relationship with each other with Plaintiff World Mate as an unincorporated religious body and Cosmo World as an entity to conduct legal affairs, both functioning and acting as a single body by complementing each other and recognized as such by society.

In view of the aforementioned facts, "World Mate" in the Article is interpreted as meaning a social existence comprising Cosmo World as its integral part by the standards of the normal care and interpretation of general readers. Thus, said published facts are recognized to be true as long as the fact that Cosmo World was assessed the deficiency for its concealment of income is true.

(b) Next, the court considers the truthfulness of the fact that Plaintiff Handa was sued by his female followers for sexual harassment.

Evidence and the tenor of the entire pleadings show that Plaintiff Handa was sued for damages on the ground of sexual harassment by his plural female followers and that in Case No. (Wa) 889/1993 of the Yokohama District Court, two female followers each claimed damages of \5.85 million against Plaintiff Handa and that Plaintiff Handa made an in-court settlement with the followers after three hearings and without the testimonies of himself and the followers by paying \5.5 million to each of the followers as a settlement money in exchange for her promise not to disclose the the settlement to a third party.

In view of these facts, the lawsuit filed by the female followers against Plaintiff Handa on the ground of sexual harassment is sufficient to raise a suspicion that Handa did sexually harass them. Thus, the aforementioned published fact is true and there is no unlawfulness in publishing the fact.

(c) Evidence and the tenor of the entire pleadings show that Plaintiff World Mate collected a large amount of money from followers as its fees for removal of evil spirits by taking advantage of the difficulties on the part of the followers.

(d) It is undisputed among the parties that Plaintiff Handa is the leader of Plaintiff World Mate and the Plaintiffs admit themselves that Plaintiff Handa has a strong influence over Plaintiff Tachibana Publishing as its Representative Director and President.

(e) As discussed above, each of the published facts in the First Part of the Article and the material part of the premised fact in the Second Part of the Article are true.

D. The court now considers whether the comments published in the Article go beyond the permissible limit of a commentary.

a.  In the First Part of the Article, the comment on the Plaintiffs on the basis of the fact that Plaintiff World Mate collected a large sum of money from the followers as its fees for removal of evil spirits by taking advantage of the followers' difficulties is not particularly unfair and does not go beyond the permissible limit as a commentary.

b.  The court then considers the comment in the Second Part of the Article referring to a "wicked religion".

(a) The term "wicked religion" is interpreted to mean an unjust or immoral religion. The purport of the Second Part of the Article referring to Plaintiff World Mate as a "wicked religion" is understood to point out a fact that Plaintiff World Mate unduly collects money by preying on the suffering people where a religion is supposed to save people who are in trouble.

In the light of this premise, it is not particularly unfair nor beyond the permissible limit as a commentary that the Second Part of the Article commented that Plaintiff World Mate which collects a large amount of money from its followers as its fees for removal of evil spirits by taking advantage of their plight is a "wicked religion", that Plaintiff Handa is the leader of a "wicked religion" and that Plaintiff Tachibana Publishing on which Plaintiff Handa has a strong influence as its Representative Director/ President is involved with a "wicked religion".

(b) The term "black money" is interpreted to mean illegal funds. On the basis of said published facts, it is not particularly unfair nor beyond the permissible limit as a commentary that the Second Part of the Article remarked that Plaintiff Tachibana Publishing on which Plaintiff Handa, the leader of Plaintiff World Mate, exerts a strong influence, is "supported by black money".

E. In the light of all of the above discussions, neither the First Part nor the Second Part of the Article has any unlawfulness and constitutes any tort.

3. Thus, without more, none of the claims of the Plaintiffs has any ground.

IV. Conclusion

For reasons stated above, the court hereby denies all of the claims of the Plaintiffs as lacking merits and orders accordingly.

The Civil 18th Division of the Tokyo District Court

Koji Iwata, Presiding Judge
Tadashi Kudo, Judge
Yusuke Tokuda, Judge


(Translator's Note):
Regarding the tax matters referred to in the court decision, Nihon Shichokakusha (formerly, Cosmo World) filed a suit against the Director of the Ogikubo Tax Office to seek revocation of the tax assessment but lost the trial case. However, Nihon Shichokakusha appealed and prevailed in the appellate case.)