Soka Gakkai Japan Donates Books to Disaster-stricken Schools
In December, Soka Gakkai Japan donated books and bookshelves to several schools throughout Japan. Each school received some 300 books on various subjects.
On December 18, an official book donation ceremony was held for Sakae Elementary and Junior High schools as well as the public library in Sakae Village, Nagano Prefecture. All were severely affected by a large earthquake centered on Sakae Village that shook northern Nagano on March 12, 2011, the day following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. As a gesture of appreciation for the donation, Sakae Elementary School students performed their school song at the ceremony which was held at their school.
In Nara Prefecture, Soka Gakkai representatives donated books and bookshelves to several schools affected by a typhoon that swept across the region in September 2011. Oto Elementary School, which was damaged by a landslide caused by the typhoon, was presented with books and two bookshelves on December 18. On December 20, books of various kinds were also presented to Nosegawa Junior High School as well as Tenkawa Elementary and Junior High schools, which experienced flood damage.
An additional 20 volumes are scheduled to be donated annually to each of the schools in Nara Prefecture for the next five years.
[Adapted from articles in the December 19 and 21, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]