Happy Science is not “hostile to the media,” as the article writes. The organization’s founder Ryuho Okawa has appeared in interviews and media segments, notably a piece in The Financial Times on October 19, 1991 and has been interviewed by Japanese television.
Regarding Hiroshi Okawa and Kyoko, Mr. Yushi Hagimoto, the chief minister of Happy Science New York, offered a precise explanation when he was interviewed, yet his comments were withheld. For instance, the article writes, “Happy Science’s claim of 11 million members also seem unlikely. When Mr. Okawa’s first wife, Kyoko, left the group in 2011 she estimated real membership was 30,000.” In the context of the source material for this claim, 30,000 is the number of dedicated benefactors who passionately supported the organization ten years before that time; there are 72,000 members in Nepal alone. Mr. Hagimoto also addressed the pending legal actions that Happy Science has filed against Hiroshi Okawa for defamation; however, it too was withheld. From this critique alone, it is evident that the article has presented biased assertions, absent of fact. There is no judgement of right from wrong with fair journalism.
At present, Hiroshi Okawa has been spreading falsehood citing this media article, and continues to disturb our members for gratuitous attention. In this regard, Happy Science formally requests The New York Times to take responsibility for citing disreputable sources and perpetuating an unfounded bias of Happy Science and Ryuho Okawa.
Happy Science sincerely hopes that The New York Times will take proper actions to remedy editorial errors and reconstitute its credibility to further social justice as one of the world’s leading journalistic forums.
Lastly, Happy Science would like to express its deepest condolences to the deceased and those who have lost loved ones from this ruthless pandemic. Happy Science extends blessings and gratitude to health care professionals and first responders who selflessly commit their precious existence to save the lives of others.
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