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This Month in Soka Gakkai History (April)

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This Month in Soka Gakkai History


In 1958, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda’s noble life of 58 years came to a close. Carrying on the final injunction of founding Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Mr. Toda rebuilt the Soka Gakkai and achieved his lifetime membership goal of 750,000 households. (See The Human Revolution, “Tranquil Light” and “New Dawn” chapters; and The New Human Revolution, vol. 4, “Spring Storm” chapter)


Ikeda Sensei poured his entire being into actualizing the vision of his mentor, Josei Toda, to establish Soka University. The university officially opened on April 2, 1971. (See NHR-15, “Soka University” chapter)


In 1951, the first issue of the Seikyo Shimbun was published as a two-page broadsheet. In January 1971, it expanded to the 12-page daily newspaper it is today. And now, its online edition is accessed by subscribers in 222 countries and territories. (See NHR-10, “Bastion of the Pen” chapter; NHR-14, “Mighty River” chapter; and NHR-18, “Lion’s Roar” chapter)

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