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December 14, 2007

Chinese Culture Promotion Society Names SGI President Ikeda Honorary Advisor

On December 14, 2007, the Chinese Culture Promotion Society (CCPS) conferred the title of Honorary Advisor upon SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his contributions to Sino-Japanese friendship and cultural and educational exchanges around the world. The conferral was held at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Koji Harada received the award on behalf of Mr. Ikeda from CCPS Vice Chair Yu Guanghua, who traveled to Japan with his delegation for the ceremony.

In his address at the event, Mr. Yu noted that Mr. Ikeda has made ten visits to China, to date, and forged deep personal bonds of friendship with the successive leaders of China. Referring to Mr. Ikeda's global peace activities and dialogues with world leaders, Mr. Yu expressed his appreciation for Mr. Ikeda's outstanding achievements in the promotion of Asian culture around the world and in his work for the lasting development of education and civilizations. He expressed his hope that the conferral would encourage future generations to further strengthen friendship between the two countries.

The Chinese Culture Promotion Society is dedicated to enhancing Chinese culture and promoting international cultural exchanges through publications and exhibitions in the fields of literature, music, drama, movies and art. In particular, CCPS's introduction of 20th century Chinese musicians and compilation of Chinese history books have been highly acclaimed.

[Adapted from an article in the December 15, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]