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May 5, 2007

Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences Honors Soka University Founder Ikeda

Professor Yi (right) confers the honorary professorship on Mr. Ikeda

On May 5, 2007, the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, China, conferred an honorary professorship on Soka University founder Daisaku Ikeda in recognition of his longstanding contributions to Sino-Japanese friendship and for his initiatives to launch academic exchanges between Soka University and Chinese institutions of higher learning. The Chinese delegation, led by academy Vice President Professor Yi Ming, traveled to Japan for the ceremony held at Soka University's central auditorium in Hachioji, Tokyo, during a combined Soka University alumni gathering and Soka Gakkai Future Division meeting.

Professor Yi Ming remarked in his address that he was honored to present the degree this year, which marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan. Professor Yi Ming expressed his gratitude to Mr. Ikeda for his vision of forging a lasting friendship between the two countries, beginning with a proposal for normalization which he announced at a student division meeting in 1968.

The Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences is one of China's premiere seats of learning, with 13 research institutes in fields such as literature, history, philosophy, urban economics, modern enterprises, social economics and development strategy. The institute is regarded as a think tank that has supported China's recent rapid economic growth. Alumni of the Tianjin Academy include Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as well as former Premier Zhou Enlai.

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