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Back to listFeb 5, 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima, Japan, Sponsor Lecture by Make-A-Wish Japan General Manager

Ms. Ohno speaks at a lecture sponsored by Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima

On February 5, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima sponsored the 123rd in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Guest lecturer Hisako Ohno, general manager of Make-A-Wish Japan (MAWJ), spoke on the power of a wish to give hope, strength and joy. Ms. Ohno, who has worked with MAWJ since 1994, said she is always learning from children who battle serious illness without giving up on their dreams. By helping make those children's dreams come true, she has been profoundly enriched in return. Being physically challenged with an illness is not necessarily a source of unhappiness. Alternatively, treasuring every moment and showing appreciation to people around us creates joy in our own lives. Ms. Ohno stressed that increasing the number of individuals with such positive attitudes will help usher in a bright future for people everywhere.

[Make-A-Wish Japan (MAWJ) is an official branch of Make-A-Wish International (, a wish granting organization founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, to create hope and happiness for children with life-threatening illnesses. Make-A-Wish International, with affiliates in 28 countries, has granted over 187,000 wishes to seriously ill children from ages three to eighteen. Established in 1992, MAWJ consists of eight regional chapters throughout Japan and a head office in Tokyo.]

[Adapted from an article in the February 6, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]