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SGI 2005 Spring Training Session Commences in Tokyo

SGI members from 60 countries participate in spring training session

Some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and regions arrived in Tokyo earlier this week for a one-week training course. The opening session took place March 2 at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Representatives from the Republic of Congo, Singapore and Portugal shared reports of activities in their respective countries. SGI Women's Chief Kayoko Asano expressed hopes for the session to be fulfilling and inspiring for the participants. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Ohba asked those present to further expand the SGI's bonds of peace and friendship, based on solidarity and courageous action. The first session of the afternoon was a presentation by the SGI Office of Public Information. Joan Anderson talked about the SGI's collaborative efforts with other NGOs, including A Quiet Revolution, an award-winning documentary showing how empowered individuals can contribute to sustainable development, produced by the Earth Council in collaboration with UN bodies and sponsored by the SGI. Yee Chong-Pak introduced the contents of the multi-language SGI web site--offered in English, Spanish, Simple Chinese and Traditional Chinese)--and the Soka Gakkai (Japan) English language web site. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda was the last speaker of the day.