Student Forum Commemorates 40th Anniversary of SGI President’s Proposal for Normalizing Sino-Japanese Relations
September 8, 2008, marked the 40th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s proposal for normalizing Sino-Japanese relations. To commemorate the occasion, Soka Gakkai students held a peace forum at the Tokyo Toda Memorial Auditorium in Sugamo, Tokyo, inviting renowned journalist Kazuteru Saionji to lecture. An advisor to the national headquarters of the Japan-China Friendship Association, Mr. Saionji has been a key figure in the promotion of Sino-Japanese relations. In his speech, Mr. Saionji talked about anti-Chinese and anti-communist sentiments prevalent in Japan during the time when Mr. Ikeda made his call for normalization of bilateral relations. He said Mr. Ikeda's proposal was a courageous move taken at great personal risk, which paved the way for friendship between the two countries. He also applauded Soka University for opening its doors to accept the first exchange students from communist China.
Guests included Consul General Hu Shengcai from the Chinese Consulate-General in Sapporo and President Ikuo Hirayama of Niigata University of International and Information Studies. Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai sent a congratulatory message.
[Adapted from an article in the September 8, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]