To begin, allow me to apologize for the concern caused by my recent sudden replacement as director. I am sure many of you felt anxious and doubtful because I had no opportunity to provide an explanation regarding my resignation. I truly apologize for this unfortunate turn of events. In December 2019, my email account at KIST was intentionally closed to prevent me from speaking to the KIST community, and I had no ability to share my current condition or thoughts with all of you. While the occasion is less than ideal, I am very happy to once more have a forum to speak to all of you.
私はご父兄の皆様に心から謝罪します。私は皆様の声に耳を傾けることをせずに、長期間固定した理事メンバーと共に学費値上げを毎年の理事会で承認して参りました。大変な間違いを犯しました。またスタッフを余りにも副理事長の縁故や友人関係で採用したことで副理事長の暴走を助長し許してきました。生徒の皆さんの学生生活をかけがえのない豊かな時間にして好奇心にあふれる学びの場を創ることが私の学校創業の目的でした。現実が不公平と荒廃を生んでいる以上、学校側がIB校らしく蘇生し、依怙贔屓を根絶し、改めて学費値下げをすぐに検討します。また教育にふさわしくない人材の着任を改めて無くします。私は潔く自分の非を認めて、猛省しています。私が謝ってもご立腹の御父兄も多いことと存じます。During these past four months, I have seen a great deal of evidence proving that KIST is heading in a direction opposite to my ideals. The privatization and mixing of public and private matters at the school by Deputy Director Takako Komaki and Director Naito, the non-functioning board of directors and inappropriate directors, and staff and parents who only think about their own profit and gain. If we do not correct these matters, KIST itself will become a source of harm. It is not important that I sold my parent’s company for 10 billion yen to found the school. But I am the founder. The school that threw me out, however, is no longer K. International School. When I look at the KIST home page today, I am greatly saddened to see my photo has been erased. First, I would like to provide an explanation regarding my health. Currently, I am suffering from injuries caused by the violence of the Deputy Director and her associates. Deputy Director Takako Komaki (hereinafter “the Deputy Director”) has spread the lie that I am suffering from dementia, all while knowing that I am not suffering from dementia. She has spread this false rumor to make me untrustworthy in the eyes of society. I assert once more that I am in no way suffering from dementia. The Deputy Director has furthermore spread the audacious rumor that I am being scammed to disrupt my ability to lead a normal life, and I state now that this rumor is wholly untrue.
I feel great resentment and sorrow that any of the people who have continued to support me financially and personally, or the parents of KIST and my and academic colleagues should suffer any more from these salacious rumors and lies. These individuals have absolutely no interest in taking over the school for their own purposes.
I offer my sincere, heartfelt apologies to all the parents of KIST. I did not pay due attention to your voices, and approved increases of the school tuition at the board meeting every year, together with a group of directors that had become fixed over many long years. I now admit that this was my worst mistake. Furthermore, it is a fact that I hired too many staff who were friends and relatives of the Deputy Director, and thus permitted and facilitated the monopolization of the school management. When we founded this school, my initial goal was to create a place of learning that makes the school days of our students a precious, lifelong treasure and stimulates their natural curiosity. The truth of today, however, is that KIST is a place of inequality and meanness. Therefore, I want to rebuild KIST in the true spirit International Baccalaureate school, abolish favoritism, and immediately consider a reduction of the school tuition. I will furthermore eliminate the personnel among our ranks who are not suitable to educate children. I humbly admit my faults and I am deeply reflecting on my past conduct. I understand that many of you will still feel deep anger even with this apology.
なぜ今に至ったのかをお話します。DPの得点が世界12位にランキングされた快挙は何よりも生徒の皆さんが頑張った成果です。しかし、それに乗じて学費を値上げし続ける副理事長の発想は詭弁です。入学当時に学費100万円の学年がG10になる頃には2倍の200万円になってしまうという異常なまでの値上げ幅に至ってしまいました。加えて、昨年11月に学費不平等を訴える勇気ある御父兄からの手紙が私と副理事長それぞれ宛に頂きました。その手紙の中には、「学費がますます上乗せされるという最中、一方で副理事長と仲の良い父兄は（５割または９割）免除の学費優遇を受けている。お小遣いもあげている。父兄の中から副理事長と親しいというだけの理由で学費免除目的の職員採用に対しての問題提議。えこ贔屓をやめて欲しい。まともに払っている父兄が苦情を言ったところで学校（副理事長）に睨まれて子供の立場が悪くなる。皆の不満が学年を越えて鬱積して拡まっている。是非それを学校の主要メンバーで話し合って欲しい」などと謙虚に切実に書かれていました。副理事長が私に隠していた学費優遇の真相と私物化を遂に知り得た私は大変問題視しましたが、副理事長は無視をしました。I will now tell the truth. At the end of last year, the locks were changed at my house suddenly when I was away, and I found myself thrown out of my own home. I also had my rights at the school stripped away in a devious manner just before the change of the board members was decided. Based on orders from the Deputy Director, office staff also stopped my salary and cancelled my credit card. Furthermore, the Deputy Director convinced my banks to put controls on my account based on the blatantly false rumor that I was suffering from dementia and was being scammed. The Deputy Director spread these lies further, telling my friends and relatives, “the Director is suffering from dementia and doesn’t know what he’s thinking. He’s being scammed, so don’t lend him any money.” In this way, my dignity and freedom as a human being was stolen from me, and I was forced into isolation. The Deputy Director even hired a private detective to follow me, and has tracked my activities over a long period of time, and she is extremely cautious about me going to the school.
Why am I sharing this story now? KIST’s achievement in receiving the 12th highest Diploma Programme score in the world is a result owed to the wonderful efforts of our students. The Deputy Director’s idea to use this achievement in order to raise tuition, however, is pure sophistry. Parents have experienced truly abnormal price increases, enrolling in the first grade for a tuition of one million yen per year, only to see it double to two million yen per year by the time the tenth grade. It greatly pains my heart to see the parents of KIST suffering from this dilemma, telling themselves, “I cannot make the tuition increases a reason to pull my children out of the school.” In November last year, both I and the Deputy Director received letters alleging tuition inequality, sent from courageous parents at KIST. In the letter, it was humbly and desperately stated, “Despite continuously rising tuition, the Deputy Director is reducing the tuition (by 50% to 90%) for parents with whom she has a good relationship. She is even giving them some allowance money. It is a problem that the Deputy Director is hiring some individuals as staff only to provide a tuition discount to favored parents at the school. We want KIST to stop such favoritism. If we parents, who are paying full tuition, make any complaint, our children are put in a difficult situation by the school (the Deputy Director). The dissatisfaction is growing across all grades year by year. We want the key members of the school administration to discuss this matter.” In the letter, it was humbly described that the school tuition is not an easy burden for many parents, and amidst this, some parents were receiving unequal, preferential treatment based on their relationship with the Deputy Director. If the parents raised these concerns, however, the Deputy Director would make school life difficult for their children. In the letter it was written that parents were holding back their smoldering discontent out of a desire to protect their children from unfair treatment by the Deputy Director. Having finally seen the truth of the tuition incentives and monopolization of the school by the Deputy Director, which she had long hidden from me, I realized we faced a major scandal. However, the Deputy Director ignored the matter.
Despite feeling great danger due to the extreme abnormality and violence of the Deputy Director and her associates, I prepared a letter stating my personal intentions, and copies of the letter alleging tuition inequality sent from the parents, and distributed these materials to all directors at a board meeting held the following day. During the board meeting, however, Director Ishihara suddenly insulted me, and the parents of the Deputy Director’s lawyer burst into the meeting screaming at me, completely disrupting the proceedings. Furthermore, I learned that the school lawyer and director Terai, who I thought had been one of my supporters, was secretly sharing all my information with the Deputy Director when he accidentally sent a message to me meant for the Deputy Director. This terrified me to no end. A parent even came to visit me at my hotel, and pretended to encourage me for hours, only to share all my thoughts and information with Director Ishihara. When I visited Director Ishihara and his wife, and Director Okude at their homes seeking to have a discussion, they left me standing on the doorstep from 8pm in the evening to 11pm at night in the cold, pouring rain, completely ignoring me aside from a few words over the interphone and telephone. Director Ishihara and Director Okude would not listen to any discussion of equalizing the school tuition. I have compensated gaps in KIST’s funds for over twenty years, using nearly 10 billion yen drawn from the company my parents founded. Soaking wet and cold, that night I was pushed to nearly wishing I was dead, crushed by realizing my complete lack of power. This happened just after the turn of the new year. And shortly after, on January 9th, the parents of KIST were informed of my resignation as Director by email. All the information regarding the tuition problem was being covered up by the Deputy Director. I gave the Deputy Director too much authority. Concentrating authority for hiring, school management and tuition all in one position made it impossible to have reasonable discourse over these matters. I recognized that the operations of the school were taken over by the arrogance and greed of the Deputy Director and a small portion of the staff.
私を11月に自宅から追放後、副理事長は年末に、学費半額優遇をもちかけている一部お気に入りの父兄と、学費半額を前提にこれから受験する俳優の家族を自宅に招き盛大なパーティーを行いました。その父兄らには私から直接「私のいない留守宅でパーティーなどしないように」とお願いまでしましたが聞き入れてもらえませんでした。年明けには一人五万円を下らないレストラン「島」で年明けパーティーを行うという一連の行動から察すると、残念ながら全く反省はありません。KISTは全て皆様からの学費だけで運営しています。従って、上記の費用も皆様の大切な学費そのものです。また、学費の値下げをしたい私に対して、自分が追い出しておきながら皆様の大切な学費使って長期間の探偵費用を支払うつもりなのでは、と副理事長の傲慢さ、図太さに憤慨しています。盗撮、盗聴、尾行をいつまで続けるきなのですか？無駄な探偵費用は数千万以上と推測します。それに対して誰も何も言えない環境が異常なのです。こうして隠蔽は経費の改ざんなどによって今後も行われることでしょう。IB校として「イジメのない学校」など掲げる理念は立派ですが、果たしてそれが実行されているのでしょうか。近年の副理事長から御父兄への話は「DP点数」と「学費値上げ」、このワンセットだけです。「父兄は私に逆らえない。父兄は私を敵に回したくないからね。」副理事長が言いました。私が意見をしても聞きませんでした。また、副理事長たちは私に対抗する行動として職務であるクリスマスコンサートを学校に居ながらボイコットしました。生徒の成長を観ることのできる貴重な機会だというのに私的な感情を抑えられず平然と公私混同をする、それを許してしまう周囲の環境の表れです。最前列ががらりと空席の椅子を見て私は愕然としたものです。一年の終わりに生徒の成長に目を細めることこそが教育現場にいる何よりの喜びだと思うのです。After I was thrown out of my home in November last year, the Deputy Director held an ostentatious party for a small group of parents to whom she was providing half-price tuition, and a famous actor whose child would soon take the entrance exam with the understanding the family would receive half-price tuition. I directly asked these parents, “Please do not hold a party in my house while I’m away,” but they did not listen. This behavior has continued into the new year, with a New Year party being held at the restaurant “Shima,” which costs over 50,000 yen per-person, and so I must unfortunately assume those involved have no remorse for their actions. KIST operates entirely based on tuition, which means the above events were paid for using your precious tuition money. It is unforgivable that the Deputy Director has wasted school funds on the private detective hired to track me, a person who is trying to lower school tuition, over such a long period of time. Throwing me out of my home and using school funds to pay for a private detective. How long will this spying, eavesdropping and tailing continue? This meaningless private detective has cost several tens of million yen of school funds. And KIST is now a place where nobody will say anything in opposition. Even if the Deputy Director tampers with the accounting and makes some excuse to you, the parents of KIST, it is still the truth. The parents of one family who had their tuition reduced by the Deputy Director suffered health problems due to the pressure placed on them by the Deputy Director and office staff starting from December last year. This family thus made the decision to leave the school. It was the Deputy Director herself who offered the family this preferential treatment several years before the incident. I’m sure this covering up and false accounting will continue. As an IB school, KIST sets forth goals such as being “a school without bullying” and other admirable ideals. Are we fulfilling these ideals? In recent years, the Deputy Director only speaks to parents about “D.P. scores” and “tuition increases.” The Deputy Director once told me, “The parents will not disobey me. They don’t want to make me their enemy.” I expressed my opinion on this matter, but was ignored. As a further act of opposition to my actions, the Deputy Directors even boycotted the Christmas Concert, which is part of our professional duties, despite being present at the school. The deputy directors mixed professional and private matters to the point where they would use their personal feelings as an excuse to skip a precious opportunity to see the growth of our students. This shows the degree to which the school’s sense of professional conduct has degraded. I was appalled to see the gaping hole left by the empty seats in the front row. I feel that the greatest joy of being at a place of education is to look lovingly upon the growth of one’s students at the end of the year.
For the students and parents of KIST, I am sure it was very exasperating to be unable to voice your dissatisfaction towards the staff and operation of the school for such a long period.
This letter represents my conviction that the students and parent who attend and believe in KIST must not be deceived. It is the unquestioned role of a school to appropriately manage correct information. Can we say that the school is fulfilling that role today? I have been alone these past four months and have thought about the future every day. I want provide a greater sense of assurance, peace and equality to all students and parents of KIST.I am now working to return KIST to its roots. These reforms, however, cannot take place without the understanding of the parents of KIST.I would therefore like to hear all of your frank, direct opinions. I would like to hear anything you have to say, even if it is done anonymously. I want to hear all the doubts and dissatisfaction you feel as parents of KIST, who work hard to provide tuition for your precious children, and use these opinions to return KIST to the way it should be.I would like to offer my deep, heartfelt appreciation to everyone who can provide their cooperation. Please do not hold back, and share with me all of your anger and dissatisfaction. I would also greatly appreciate any words of encouragement.
I will devote all my strength to reflecting your opinions in the future management of the school. I will establish a new management structure for the school, and carry out a thorough check of the current situation through an auditing auditor. Based on those results, I will review the tuition, and launch an initiative to lower the school tuition, and also review the new school building plan. I would like to hear from as many parents as possible. Please share the following survey URL and Homepage URL with other parents you trust. I will provide further updates from time to time going forward.
In closing, I would like to share a message with the Deputy Director. This letter was written entirely by me, and not by anyone else. I wrote this letter under my own volition. You must stop placing the blaming others for your actions. Stop libeling those who have helped me, a person who suffers from disability, with lies such as “they are trying to take over” or “cause a scam” or “having an affair.” Stop manipulating these people to your own purposes. The parents have come to support me. The staff are also starting to understand. In a place of education, the truth will always win. You may believe your lies deceive others, but forthright people can see through your charade. There are many parents and staff members who are suffering due to your lies, because they do not want to elicit your hatred. I wanted to share the truth with KIST parents from overseas. I am sure you will deny everything saying, ‘You have no proof.’ I have proof for everything. Will we allow the children of KIST to learn that skilled liars are the ones who win? Stop your lying, the school is a sacred place. You must accept freedom and diversity among our students, parents and staff. I can no longer forgive your unchecked monopolization of KIST and abuse of our students and parents. Making the parents watch each other is a violation of human rights. It is an unforgivable tragedy. Your mass mails to the parents are an attempt at mind control, and is rude and boorish. If I forgive you, I will never be able to face my parents when I meet them in the world to come.
I here state that my final mission in life is to return KIST to its roots and rejuvenate its spirit.