September 27, 2007
Anniversary of China-Japan Normalization Commemorated in Beijing
On September 27, 2007, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the China-Japan Friendship Association and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in Beijing cohosted a grand reception commemorating the 35th anniversary (September 29) of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
A Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Toshiyuki Mitsugi, senior advisor, attended the festivities, together with some 600 representatives from the two countries. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Lu Yongxiang, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Guixian, President of the China-Japan Friendship Association Song Jian, and former Japanese Prime Ministers Yoshiro Mori and Tomiichi Murayama were among the attendees. Prior to the reception, Mr. Mitsugi conveyed a congratulatory message to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who had met the Chinese leader on April 12 this year in Tokyo during his "ice thawing" visit to Japan.
At the reception, various Chinese officials, former Chinese ambassadors to Tokyo, and Lin Liyun, the Chinese interpreter for Premier Zhou Enlai during his 1974 meeting with Mr. Ikeda, greeted the Soka Gakkai delegates and expressed their appreciation for and regards to Mr. Ikeda for his longstanding contributions to friendship between the two countries.
On September 22, one week prior to the anniversary reception, a public recitation of Mr. Ikeda's poems and writings was held at Peking University Hall as a gesture of bilateral friendship. Students from Peking University and Soka University presented a total of 19 poems and essays.
[Adapted from an article in the September 29, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]