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Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on Protection of Youth

 

100222mizutani_lect.jpg Mr. Osamu Mizutani

On February 21, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee hosted a lecture on protecting youth from violence and drugs.

The lecture at the Soka International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, Japan, marked the 35th event organized by the committee. The guest lecturer, Mr. Osamu Mizutani, is a volunteer late-night watchman who is dedicated to helping troubled youth involved in drugs and gangs begin to lead lives of purpose and value.

Having published numerous books, Mr. Mizutani travels throughout Japan to remind adults about the important role they play in helping young people to forge lives of happiness and bring back smiles to youth in distress.

Mr. Mizutani encouraged his audience to help develop nurturing families and a society that truly cares about the welfare of children. In his lecture he also spoke about how important it is to offer heartfelt words of praise and encouragement to young people. Mr. Mizutani assured the many parents present that their sincere desire for their child’s happiness and well-being definitely reaches the child's heart.

The event also included a choral performance of the song "Mother" by the Soka Gakkai White Lily Chorus. One woman also shared her personal story of her struggles with her child who refused to go to school and how, eventually, she was able to help her child and transform her family into one of joy and harmony.

For 12 years, Mr. Mizutani taught high school students in Yokohama, Japan. During those years teaching, he counseled numerous junior and senior high school students with drug addiction problems and delinquent behavior. He stated that he currently undertakes his late-night patrols in an attempt to reach out to troubled youth, trying to steer them away from engaging in destructive behavior.

 

[Adapted from an article in the February 22, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]