A Memorable Encounter

SGI-USA Women’s Division members greet SGI President Ikeda in Tokyo.

TOKYO—On the morning of March 25, several “mothers of American kosen-rufu” met with SGI President and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo.

Kazue Elliot, the first SGI-USA women’s leader, and successive women’s leaders Wendy Clark, Matilda Buck and Linda Johnson, as well as former women’s chief secretary Kazue Zaitsu, had a wonderful exchange with the SGI president and his wife.

During their brief encounter, President Ikeda praised these women for earnestly striving to uphold faith based on the oneness of mentor and disciple, while continuing to foster the next generation.

The women expressed their appreciation and determination for kosen-rufu, declaring: “America will achieve great victory!” Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda responded with “Thank you!” in both English and Japanese, and conveyed their deep wish for the good health and victory of each member, and for the further development of the SGI-USA.

Following this heartfelt exchange, Mrs. Elliot said: “Joy ran throughout my entire being when I met Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda. I will cherish this encounter for the rest of my life and will thoroughly dedicate myself to developing kosen-rufu in America.”

The women determined to continue working hard to create a castle of capable people in the United States that will make Sensei proud. They said that they will focus on raising many capable youth for the sake of the future and ensuring that 50,000 youth can gather toward Nov. 18, 2018.

Following this encounter, the group visited the Soka International Women’s Center, where they met with SGI Executive Women’s Leader Kayoko Asano and SGI Women’s Leader Yumiko Kasanuki. On March 26, they attended a gongyo ceremony at the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu.

—Adapted from an article in the March 27 Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.


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