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Jan 30 2024

Memorial Services for Daisaku Ikeda Held in Tokyo and Across Japan

On January 30, 2024, a memorial service for Daisaku Ikeda (1928–2023) was held at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo. The ceremony was attended by some 2,600 guests from various sectors, including business, academia, culture and the media, as well as ambassadors and embassy officials from 46 countries and territories.

Memorial Services for Daisaku Ikeda Held in Tokyo and Across Japan

Jan 20 2024

Memorial Service for Daisaku Ikeda Held in Florence, Italy

On January 20, 2024, a memorial service for Daisaku Ikeda was held in Florence, Italy, at the historic Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) in the Palazzo Vecchio. The event was cohosted by the City of Florence and Soka Gakkai Italy.

Memorial Service for Daisaku Ikeda – Florence, Italy

Dec 22 2023

Condolence Message from Pope Francis Commends Daisaku Ikeda’s Peace Efforts

Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church conveyed his condolences through the Italian Buddhist Institute Soka Gakkai upon learning of the passing of Daisaku Ikeda, the Honorary President of Soka Gakkai and President of the Soka Gakkai International.

Condolence Message from Pope Francis

Dec 13 2023

Ibero-American University in Paraguay Confers Posthumous Honorary Doctorate on Daisaku Ikeda

On December 13, 2023, Ibero-American University in Paraguay conferred an honorary doctorate posthumously upon Daisaku Ikeda, the founder of Soka University, in recognition of his enduring contributions to education and the promotion of the culture of peace.

Ibero-American University in Paraguay Confers Honorary Doctorate

Nov 27 2023

Soka Schools and Soka Universities Hold Memorials for Founder Daisaku Ikeda

In November 2023, Soka Schools, Soka University in Japan, Soka International School Malaysia and Soka University of America held memorials to commemorate the life and contributions of founder Daisaku Ikeda, who passed away on November 15, 2023, at the age of 95.

Soka Schools and Soka Universities Hold Memorials

Nov 23 2023

Soka Gakkai Memorial Service Held for President Daisaku Ikeda

On November 23, 2023, a Soka Gakkai Memorial Service for Daisaku Ikeda, Honorary President of Soka Gakkai and President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was held at the Toda Memorial Auditorium in Sugamo, Tokyo. The service was broadcast live to 1,000 venues throughout Japan.

Memorial for Daisaku Ikeda

Nov 18 2023

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Passes Away at 95

Daisaku Ikeda, Honorary President of the Soka Gakkai and President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), passed away from natural causes at his residence in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on the evening of November 15, 2023. He was ninety-five. A funeral has been held with members of his immediate family.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Passes Away at 95

Nov 17 2023

Founder Daisaku Ikeda Sends Message to Soka Schools “Wisdom Day” Celebrations

On November 17, 2023, “Wisdom Day” gatherings were held at Soka Schools in Japan to commemorate November 18—Soka Schools Founding Day. Founder Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message addressed to all the students, together with three poems he composed for those graduating at the end of this school year.

Soka Schools Hold “Wisdom Day” Events

Oct 28 2023

Condolence Message on the Passing of Former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a condolence message on the passing of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who died on October 27, 2023. He was 68 years old.

Condolence Message – Former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Oct 1 2023

Condolence Message on the Passing of Professor M.S. Swaminathan, “Father of India’s Green Revolution”

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a condolence message on the passing of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, often referred to as the “Father of India’s Green Revolution,” who died on September 28, 2023, at the age of 98.

Condolence Message on the Passing of Professor M.S. Swaminathan

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