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August 10, 2007

International Society of Greek Writers and Arts Commends SGI President Ikeda

This summer (2007), the International Society of Greek Writers and Arts recognized Daisaku Ikeda for his literary achievements and contributions to worldwide peace. Society President Chrissoula Varveri-Varra presented the award during the First Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival held in Qinghai Province, China, from August 7-10, 2007. Some 160 poets and other literary figures from 30 countries attended the event, organized by the Cultural Agency of Qinghai Province and the Poetry Institute of China, in cooperation with the Greek writers association. The festival featured a cultural forum, a poetry recital on Qinghai Lake and a concert.

Established in 1993, the International Society of Greek Writers and Arts comprises 600 Greek poets and 1,500 honorary members from throughout the world. The society published a Greek translation of a collection of Mr. Ikeda's poetry ten years ago. President Varveri-Varra, who has taken an interest in Mr. Ikeda's poetry and has been publicizing his work, remarked that the commendation was a tribute to the SGI President for his longstanding contributions to literature and to global peace, based on a philosophy of humanism.

[Adapted from an article in the October 6, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]