Fukushima Prefecture Awards Soka Gakkai for Relief Efforts
On June 6, on behalf of the Fukushima Prefectural Government and Governor Yuhei Sato, Vice Governor Masao Uchibori presented awards of appreciation to Soka Gakkai Fukushima for their relief activities and contributions to society following the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. The ceremony was held at the Soka Gakkai Fukushima Culture Center in Koriyama City.
Soka Gakkai Fukushima Leader Masahiko Endo and representatives of six Soka Gakkai centers received awards on behalf of Soka Gakkai members in Fukushima. The centers represented were the Fukushima Culture Center, Fukushima Peace Center, Iwaki Peace Center, Haramachi Culture Center, Sukagawa Center and Soma Center, all of which took in evacuees following the disaster. Earlier, on May 28, Shirakawa Culture Center had also received an award of appreciation.
Following March 11, nine Soka Gakkai centers in Fukushima housed over 700 people who had been evacuated. Soka Gakkai members in the area were also some of the first to organize relief activities, distributing items such as food, water and blankets.
At the ceremony, Mr. Uchibori thanked Soka Gakkai for their speedy and effective relief efforts and expressed his hope for continued cooperation in helping to support those who have been displaced by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
[Adapted from an article in the June 7, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]