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Soka Gakkai Youth Hold National Leaders Meeting

On June 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth held a national leaders meeting concurrently with a national student division meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Youth representatives from 18 remote outer islands of the Japanese archipelago also participated. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attended, together with national-level Soka Gakkai youth leaders and nationwide representatives. Congratulatory messages from overseas organizations were read, including one from SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Vinessa Shaw. Bam B Crew, an all-male acapella group whose members are all graduates of Soka Schools and/or Soka University, inspired the attendees with their soulful harmony.

080608yth_ldrs_bam_b_crew.jpg During the meeting, Mr. Ikeda converses with Bam B Crew members, who placed third in an acapella singers' tournament on a national TV program (Standing, from left to right: Yuki Kato, Nobuyuki Yanagi, Kazuhiro Yokoyama, Yuta Eto, Hideki Nakagawa and Masahiro Ikenouchi)

National Youth Leader Yoshinori Sato encouraged the youth present to venture to speak out with the spirit of "refuting the erroneous and revealing the true" as taught by Nichiren and thereby initiate positive change in every sphere of their activities. Student leaders Koichi Kasai and Takako Yamato called on their fellow students to always work on behalf of ordinary people and society, based on Buddhist humanism.

In his speech, Mr. Ikeda announced that the Federal Congress of Brazil held a commemorative assembly honoring educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) on June 6, the anniversary of his birth. Remarking that the SGI members' contributions to society are being recognized throughout the world, Mr. Ikeda expressed his confidence that many great educators who have inherited Mr. Makiguchi's philosophy of value-creating education, as well as leaders in every sphere of society, would emerge from among the youth present at the meeting.

[Adapted from an article in the June 8, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]