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SGI Members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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On December 4, SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) held its 44th general meeting at the SGI-HK Culture Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding. In his message to the meeting, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his wish for  SGI members to become symbols of hope and exemplary citizens within their communities. He also stressed the need to cherish youth and develop unity.

At the meeting, SGI-HK Youth Leader Ngan Sai Fong touched on several points of focus for SGI-HK in 2012, which included strengthening local discussion meetings and supporting youth during the upcoming Buddhist study exams. SGI-HK General Director John Ng Chor Yuk expanded on the importance of raising capable youth for the sake of world peace and encouraged members to learn from Mr. Ikeda's example and devote themselves to this great goal.

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding at the SSA Headquarters on December 10. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, Women's Leader Kayoko Asano and SGI Asia Women's Leader Yumiko Kasanuki attended from Japan. At the meeting, Tay Eng Kiat was appointed the new General Director and Ong Bon Chai was appointed Honorary General Director.

At the meeting, Mr. Tan shared his determination to treasure each member and to work toward creating unity.   

On November 20, SGI-Sri Lanka held its 16th general meeting at the SGI-Sri Lanka center in Colombo. Some 170 members gathered from around the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mr. Ikeda's first visit to Sri Lanka in January 1961.  SGI-Sri Lanka General Director Ranjith Rupasinghe spoke on the importance of  valuing and raising capable youth, based on SGI's theme for 2012--"Developing a Youthful SGI". His speech was followed by members' experiences of practicing Buddhism and a chorus performance.

[Adapted from articles in the December 14, 16 and 17, 2011, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]