January 2, 2007
South Korean Newspaper Company Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda
January 2, 2007, Hankyoreh, a media company based in Seoul, South Korea, commended SGI President Daisaku and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda in recognition of their global efforts to promote peace, culture, and education and their contributions to strengthen friendship between South Korea and Japan. Hankyoreh Media Company CEO Chung Tae-ki headed the official group presenting the award at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul. Mr. Chung read the commendation that also expressed appreciation for the couple's efforts toward establishing a correct view of the history of relations between Korea and Japan, succeeding the will of Soka Gakkai's founding president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi who fought unflinchingly against Japanese militarism. In addition he voiced the positive impression he had of the principle of Soka (value-creating) Education, which asserts the purpose of education is character development that leads to the happiness of children. SGI-Korea General Director Yeo Sang Rak received the plaque on behalf of the Ikedas.
Hankyoreh debuted in 1988. The independent daily newspaper was established by dozens of journalists who lost their previous positions after calling for freedom of the press and democracy. The paper also has a unique form of financing--capital was raised publicly and the paper is now owned by about 62,000 shareholders from all walks of Korean society who joined the drive for the paper's inception. The word hankyoreh can be translated as "fellow countrymen" and reflects the newspaper's commitment to journalistic freedom, democracy as well as peaceful coexistence and national reconciliation between North and South Korea.
[Adapted from an article in the January 8, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]