Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo
On March 6, 2010, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting in conjunction with a commemorative Soka Gakkai Men's Leaders' Meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended, together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano. Two hundred fifty SGI members from 60 countries and territories who were in Japan attending a leaders' training course were also present.
At the meeting, Mr. Harada spoke about Mr. Ikeda's contributions that helped to solidify Japan-China and Japan-Soviet relationships and his efforts to produce reconciliation between China and the former Soviet Union and China and the United States. Mr. Harada encouraged the participants to create true camaraderie based on efforts to live with sincerity.
Soka Gakkai Men's Leader Naoki Hagimoto spoke about the growth of the Men's Division in Japan and reported that the number of men attending monthly discussion meetings throughout Japan increased by 60,000 since October 2009. He commented that this was a result of leaders' efforts to connect with others based on one-to-one dialogue.
Youth Leader Socheth Sok, representing SGI-Cambodia, mentioned that 2010 marks more than ten years since SGI-Cambodia was officially recognized by the Cambodian government as a legal entity. She shared her resolve to continue introducing the philosophy of value creation to her compatriots.
In his speech, Mr. Ikeda spoke about his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, and how he has striven to live in accord with what Mr. Toda taught him. Mr. Ikeda stated that he has dedicated his life to the advancement of peace in society and has engaged in dialogues with various world leaders and experts in support of this endeavor. Lastly, Mr. Ikeda conveyed his hope that those participating would also become protagonists of peace and great heroes of dialogue.
[Adapted from an article in the March 16, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]