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Monday, May 14 2018 - 17:00
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Soka Gakkai President Harada Meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Reaffirms Commitment to Strengthening Sino-Japanese Ties
TOKYO, May 14, 2018 /Kyodo JBN--AsiaNet/ --

On May 10, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada was invited to meet with Chinese 
Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Japan. Mr. Harada pledged to continue 
efforts initiated by Soka Gakkai Honorary President Daisaku Ikeda to strengthen 
China-Japan friendship and cultural exchange. He also informed the Chinese 
Premier of his plan to visit China in October with a large delegation of Soka 
Gakkai representatives from throughout Japan. 

Premier Li responded that the delegation will be wholeheartedly welcomed. He 
also expressed his appreciation for a Chinese poem he received on May 9 as a 
token of friendship from Honorary President Ikeda.

In 1985, Li visited Japan as deputy leader of an All-China Youth Federation 
(ACYF) delegation that met with Ikeda in Tokyo. On that occasion, the ACYF and 
the Soka Gakkai Youth Division signed an exchange protocol, leading to 32 
subsequent exchange visits between the two groups. 

As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace 
and Friendship, and the 50th anniversary of a proposal calling for the 
normalization of relations between China and Japan made by Ikeda on September 
8, 1968, Soka Gakkai plans several commemorative initiatives.

A Soka Gakkai Women's Delegation will visit Beijing, Dalian and Xi'an in June, 
and, in October, a large-scale Soka Gakkai delegation to China will be hosted 
by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries 
(CPAFFC).

In July, Soka Gakkai will welcome a delegation from China, with 22 ACYF 
representatives scheduled to visit Tokyo, Miyagi, Fukushima and Hokkaido.

On September 8, to mark the 50th anniversary of Ikeda's proposal for the 
normalization of Sino-Japanese relations, the "Japan-China Forum for the New 
Era" will be held in Tokyo. Researchers from China and Japan will attend, and 
speakers will include Chinese Ambassador to Japan H.E. Cheng Yonghua and former 
Japanese Ambassador to China Yuji Miyamoto.

Background: 

In order to promote peace and friendship between China and Japan, Daisaku Ikeda 
visited China ten times between 1974 and 1997, meeting with Vice Premier Li 
Xiannian in June 1974, and Premier Zhou Enlai and Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping in 
December 1974. He also met in Tokyo with President Jiang Zemin in November 
1998, Premier Wen Jiabao in April 2007 and President Hu Jintao in May 2008. He 
initiated numerous programs of cultural and educational exchange that have 
continued regardless of shifts in the political climate between the two 
countries. His 1968 Proposal for the Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations 
can be read here: 
http://www.daisakuikeda.org/main/peacebuild/peace-proposals/proposal-for-the-normalization-of-sino-japanese.html

Daisaku Ikeda was President of the Soka Gakkai from 1960-79. He is now Honorary 
President of the Soka Gakkai and President of the Soka Gakkai International 
(SGI).


Source: Soka Gakkai

Contact:
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