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April 28, 2007

Korean Magazine Association Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

On April 28, 2007, the Korean Magazine Association (KMA) recognized SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda for their efforts to advance world peace, human development and Korean-Japanese friendship. A ceremony took place at the SGI-Korea (KSGI) headquarters building in Seoul, Korea, where KMA President Ro Young-hyun entrusted crystal trophies, designed with a gold and a silver pen nib for Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda, respectively, to SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano, who received them on behalf of the Ikedas. President Ro especially commended Mr. Ikeda for his view of Korea as Japan's cultural benefactor and sister country, for his contributions to the development of culture and education and to mutual understanding transcending national boundaries, as well as for his many wide-ranging proposals on themes of peace, culture, education, human rights and the environment. Mr. Ro said Mrs. Ikeda was being honored for her behind-the-scenes support of Mr. Ikeda's world peace activities, based on her love for humanity. Accompanying KMA President Ro were KMA Vice Presidents Jun Woong-jin and Namgoong Young-hoon, as well as Korean Poets' Society President Kim Chun-woo and Secretary-General Byun Hong-woo.

Founded in 1962 with the aim of enhancing Korean culture and developing the Korean magazine industry for future generations, KMA currently counts among its members some 1,800 magazine companies. For the past nearly half a century, KMA has also contributed to improving the quality and ethics of Korean periodicals as well as safeguarding the rights of reporters and editors. Among its affiliates are a magazine research institute, a periodical museum and the Korean Magazine Association Foundation, which funds KMA research projects and enterprises for developing the magazine culture and literature of South Korea.

The crystal awards were unveiled during May 3 Soka Gakkai Day celebrations that included music by the young women's Victoria Marching Band and Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps.

[Adapted from an article in the May 4, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]