President Visits Members in Disaster Areas
President Nichiko Niwano visited the Dharma Centers in the three prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate in northeastern Japan March 26-29, where areas had been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami, to express his sympathy to local members.
On March 26, on the first leg of his trip, President Niwano visited the Fukushima Dharma Center in Fukushima Prefecture. On March 27, he went north to Miyagi Prefecture and visited the Sendai Dharma Center and the Ishinomaki Dharma Center. On March 28, in Iwate Prefecture, he met members of the Kamaishi Dharma Center. At all these places he gave words of encouragement to members who were victims of the disaster, as well as to local leaders who were doing all they could to check on the safety of members whom they had been unable to contact since the day of the earthquake. President Niwano also made fact-finding tours of the disaster areas.
On March 27, in the city of Sendai, President Niwano also paid a visit of sympathy at the headquarters of Taiwa Kyodan, a member organization of Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan), of which Rissho Kosei-kai is also a member.
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