China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Meet
On February 16, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives welcomed Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi and his party at the Seikyo Press Building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. They discussed Sino-Japan friendship and Asia's growth and development in the current age. Mr. Ikeda affirmed that Japan owes a debt of gratitude to China, its cultural benefactor and "teacher." He explained that Soka University, which has an ongoing exchange with China and has some 20 students and professors from China on campus at any one time, would be opening an office in Beijing in March 2006. Mr. Ikeda expressed hopes for further strengthening educational exchanges. The Chinese Academy of Arts will be touring Japan for two months beginning June at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. Ambassador Wang stressed the importance of fostering successors who will carry on the legacy of those who have paved the way for Sino-Japan friendship. Mr. Wang then shared his firsthand experience of undergoing persecution for eight years during the cultural revolution, when he was in his teens and 20s. Their discussions turned to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.