Soka Gakkai Young Women's International Group Celebrates Anniversary
On October 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai Japan young women along with SGI members living in Japan commemorated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Soka Gakkai Young Women's International Group at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. This group was established on October 24, 1979, made up of young women with foreign language speaking abilities. Currently, it consists of 600 young women of various nationalities.
The international gatherings of young women provide opportunities for them to develop their translation and interpreting skills in a foreign language through study sessions and practical application. It aims to empower young women to become global citizens through the promotion of cultural exchanges and deepened mutual understanding.
Currently, the group comprises 26 language groups which include Chinese, Cantonese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.
At the meeting, Yuko Matsuoka gave an activity report on her visit to China as a delegation member dispatched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. In addition, a presentation on the 30-year history of the Young Women's International Group was shown. Group Chief Noriko Tamai encouraged members to become capable women who can advance the world peace movement in their respective fields.
[Adapted from an article in the October 15, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]