Japan Earthquake Initial Response
At 2:46pm (Japan time) on Friday March 11 an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude hit the northeastern coast of Japan, followed by aftershocks and a series of tsunamis.
According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, this is the biggest earthquake since records began.
The Soka Gakkai immediately set up a main emergency communications center at the Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, headed by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and General Director Masaaki Masaki, and local emergency centers in the affected prefectures.
These task forces are currently working to gather accurate information on the situation and reaching out to communicate and encourage those affected.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his profound condolences to all the victims and his serious concern for all affected, saying he is sending his heartfelt prayers for everyone's safety.
For now, Soka Gakkai has opened community centers in the regions concerned to provide accommodation and will exert its speedy and utmost effort to provide support for local relief activities.
Further detailed information will be provided as it becomes available.
[Adapted from an article in the March 12, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]