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SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Passes Away

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 Nov. 15. He was 95. A funeral has been held with members of his immediate family; the time and date of commemorative services will be announced shortly.

Ikeda Sensei was born in Tokyo on Jan. 2, 1928. He was inaugurated as third president of the Soka Gakkai in 1960 and for almost two decades led the lay Buddhist movement in dynamic growth that also saw important international development. He became Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President in 1975 and Soka Gakkai Honorary President in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Kaneko, and his sons, Hiromasa and Takahiro.

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