Chinese Youth Delegates Receive Warm Welcome at Soka Gakkai Headquarters
On March 31, Chinese youth delegation members of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division, received a warm welcome from President Einosuke Akiya and youth representatives at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The ACYF representatives, led by Zhang Xuejun vice chair of the Children's Work Committee, held a friendly discussion with Soka Gakkai youth, represented by Tamotsu Sugiyama, Youth Division chief; Mitsuko Tateno, Young Women's Division chief; Kazue Igeta, YWD advisor; Teruhiko Yumitani, Young Men's Division chief; Takao Nishiguchi, Student Division chief; and Taeko Tashiro, YWD Student Division chief. The 20 Chinese youth are part of the ACYF, which boasts 370 million members throughout China, and actively work in various sectors of society, including education and business. Mr. Akiya introduced the history of exchanges between Soka Gakkai and Chinese youth, which originated at the suggestion of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Mr. Zhang expressed hopes to further strengthen their mutual bonds and called on those present to dedicate themselves to friendship exchanges between their two countries. At the occasion, Mr. Zhang received the Seikyo Culture Award.