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On March 23, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) opened its new Singapore Soka Peace Center which includes a permanent display on the history of the SGI. The opening ceremony was attended by SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, SGI Asia Women’s Leader Yumiko Kasanuki and SGI representatives from countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message in which he commended SSA members’ efforts to become pillars of their local communities and encouraged them to nurture young people who can contribute to the betterment of society.
The Kaneko Orchid Garden located on the roof of the new center was also opened. The garden is named after Kaneko Ikeda, Honorary Women’s Leader of Soka Gakkai, and features the orchid hybrid named for her by the Singapore National Parks Board in 2007.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of SGI women’s groups in Asia who also joined an SGI-Asia Peace Summit held at the SSA Headquarters on the same day. At the summit the SGI representatives discussed activities for peace, culture and education in their respective countries.
[Adapted from an article in the March 26, 2014, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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