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April 2, 2014

Dialogue Between Laurence J. Lau and Daisaku Ikeda Serialized

Mr. Ikeda greeting Dr. Lau

Mr. Ikeda greeting Dr. Lau at the Seikyo Press building (Tokyo, January 2007).

Daisanbunmei, a monthly commentary magazine, will begin serializing a dialogue between Daisaku Ikeda and Dr. Laurence J. Lau, a renowned professor of economics, from the May 2014 issue. The serialized discussion, titled Arata na grobaru shakai no shihyo--heiwa to keizai to kyoiku o kataru (tentative translation: A New Social Index for Global Society--Dialogue on Peace, Economics and Education), explores the future of humanity based on the themes of economics, education and the role of Asia.

Dr. Lau, former president of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University in California, and earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1966, he joined the Stanford faculty and developed one of the first econometric models of China. Among his many academic and professional affiliations, Dr. Lau has served as a consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Mr. Ikeda and Dr. Lau first met in January 2007, when Dr. Lau was awarded an honorary doctorate from Soka University. Following the presentation of the accolade, Dr. Lau and Mr. Ikeda engaged in a dialogue at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo.

[Adapted from an article in the April 2, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]