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TOKYO: On September 8, 2013, Wang Wan, Chancellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Japan and wife of Ambassador H.E. Cheng Yonghua, visited the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo to give a lecture titled "Reflecting the Origins of China-Japan Friendship" to an audience of 200 women.
The lecture commemorated the 45th anniversary of the "Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations" made by then President of the Soka Gakkai Daisaku Ikeda at a gathering of nearly twenty thousand members of the Soka Gakkai Student Division on September 8, 1968.
Ms. Wang referred to Ikeda's speech as a pioneering declaration at a time when relations between Japan and China were extremely difficult. She highlighted the key recommendations in his proposal: Firstly that Japan officially recognize the People's Republic of China and normalize relations between the two countries. Secondly, the restoration of an official seat for China at the United Nations. Thirdly, that the leaders of China and Japan meet, and fourthly, that Japan promote economic and cultural exchanges with China. Ms. Wang affirmed that as long as there is continuous grassroots exchange, even during difficult times in the relationship, friendship can be enhanced.
On the evening of September 8, Shi Jun, Director of the China Cultural Center in Tokyo, gave a lecture on further developing Sino-Japanese friendship to 200 youth at the Soka Gakkai Kanagawa Peace Center in Yokohama. He stressed the need to learn from history, and that youth are key to developing the friendship between China and Japan.
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Daisaku Ikeda's "Proposal for the Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations," on September 8, the Soka Gakkai launched a Chinese-language website titled "The Eternal Legacy of Sino-Japanese Friendship and Daisaku Ikeda." The site, in simplified Chinese, can be viewed at: www.chitiandazuo.com.
related article Buddhist Leader Calls for Progress on Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Building Global Human Rights Culture In a proposal released on Jan. 26, "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life," Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for global civil society to take the lead in resolving two key challenges of our time: abolishing nuclear weapons and building a global culture of human rights. The site contains detailed information on the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations and on Daisaku Ikeda's contributions to furthering friendship between the two countries. Cultural and educational exchanges carried out by institutions founded by Ikeda such as the Min-On Concert Association, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and Soka University are introduced, as well as initiatives by Soka Gakkai and other SGI organizations. The site also features information on research centers in China dedicated to studying Ikeda's contributions and an extensive resource center.
Daisaku Ikeda (1928- ) is Honorary President of Soka Gakkai, President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an author and a peacebuilder. In 1968, he proposed normalization of relations between China and Japan in a landmark speech. Ikeda has promoted improvement of relations between Japan and China through friendship with various influential Chinese figures and cultural and educational exchange.
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