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Back to listOct 9, 2007

All-China Women's Federation Delegates Pay Homage to A-Bomb Victims in Hiroshima

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On October 9, 2007, a delegation from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), led by secretariat member Wang Naikun, visited Hiroshima. The group is in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations. Following a guided tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum by Museum Director Koichiro Maeda, delegates offered flowers at the memorial for atomic bomb victims. Remarking that peace is a desire shared by people everywhere, Ms. Wang expressed her earnest hope for China and Japan to further their cultural and friendship exchanges. The ACWF delegates then visited the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Center to attend a "Culture of Peace Forum" organized by the Hiroshima Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee.

Established in 1949, the ACWF aims to represent and safeguard the rights and interests of women and promote gender equality. ACWF and Soka Gakkai women have engaged in exchanges for 30 years.

Upon their arrival in Japan, the ACWF delegates visited the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo on October 4, 2007, where they received a warm welcome from Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, Women's Division Leader Yoko Takayanagi and Soka Gakkai women representatives. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda sent a message. On October 7, the Chinese women visited the Soka Gakkai East Osaka Culture Center and participated in a high school girls rally. Remarking on the "golden bridge" of friendship Mr. Ikeda had built between China and Japan, Ms. Wang encouraged the young women to study hard so they can mature into genuine future leaders and continue to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries. The ACWF delegates also visited a center in Tennoji-ku, where they were treated to Chinese songs by the Kansai Boys and Girls Chorus.

[Adapted from articles in the October 5, 8 and 10, 2007 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]