Soka Gakkai President Welcomes Delegates from Chinese Association for International Understanding
On April 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya welcomed Li Chengren, executive vice chairman of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIU), and representative members, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CAIU aims to develop intercultural understanding, friendship and peace through exchanges with organizations and institutions in some 90 countries and regions. Mr. Li expressed his appreciation for Soka Gakkai's efforts to develop educational and Cultural Activitiess between China and Japan, beginning with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's early appeal in 1968 for normalization of Sino-Japanese relations. Mr. Akiya stated that Soka Gakkai has strengthened bonds of friendship with China, a cultural benefactor of Japan, through many years of mutual exchanges. He affirmed that the organization's educational and cultural activities are based on a philosophy of peace, the foundation of humanity's happiness and prosperity. He stated Soka Gakkai will further develop exchanges among people in pursuit of peace, based on dialogue.
[On the same day, some 60 Chinese and Japanese civic groups gathered in Tokyo to mend strained ties between China and Japan. The participating groups issued a joint appeal for dialogue between their countries to resolve the current disputes. The appeal stated that when reflecting on the 60 years following the war, and more specifically, on the 30-year history of normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations, the bilateral relations enjoyed by China and Japan have played a crucial role in the flourishing of the East Asia and worldwide economic development. The group petitioned for a reflection on history as a lesson and a spiritual basis for advancing toward the future, while strictly observing the various Sino-Japanese treaties, such as: the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement (Sept. 29, 1972); Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between the People's Republic of China and Japan (Aug. 12, 1978); and the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration, which declared the establishment of a partnership of friendship and cooperation for peace and development (November 25, 1998). The Chinese and Japanese civic groups urged that problems between the two countries and their people be resolved through friendly discussions, and called for official bilateral state visits by their respective leaders. In conclusion, the appeal calls for efforts to direct public opinion toward a path of truth based on mutual trust and understanding through enriched and multifarious exchanges between their countries. Soka Gakkai representatives also attended and signed the appeal.]