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Ikeda, Daisaku

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Politician


1928 - Born in Tokyo on the 2nd of January.

1947 - At age 19, he met such a person--Josei Toda.

         - He became Mr. Toda's most trusted aide in both his business and the organization.

1960 - Two years after Mr. Toda's death, Daisaku Ikeda became the third Soka Gakkai president.

         - The 3rd leader of Soka-Gakkai.

1964 - Founded Komeito Party.

1970 - Mr. Ikeda was an early proponent of citizen's diplomacy, meeting with leaders in China and the former Soviet Union.

1971 - Mr. Ikeda began a series of discussions with the British historian Arnold Toynbee which were later published under the title Choose Life.

1975 - Mr. Ikeda became first president of the Soka Gakkai International, a position he still holds.

1979 - He resigned as third Soka Gakkai president.

1996 - He has received 39 honorary degrees and has given addresses at the Institut de France, Harvard University, Moscow State University and Beijing University, among others.


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