On behalf of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (Religions for Peace Asia), we would like to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of Rev. Norio Sakai, Founder of Japanese Trustees’ Group, International Trustee of Religions for Peace and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rissho Kosei-Kai.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rissho Kosei-Kai from 1996 to 2001. He encouraged the growth and active involvement of the World Conference of Religions for Peace in peacemaking activities through his strong support and active involvement.
As a leader in national and international Federations of religious organizations, including Religions for Peace, Rev. Norio Sakai was committed to the objectives of interreligious cooperation for peace and common living. He was well known in religious circles around the world for his leadership in Rissho Kosei-kai and his belief in the mission of the Religions for Peace.
In particular, he continuously visited Asian countries to engage directly in dialogue with local people for peace-building in Asia. He has also laid the foundation for peace exchange between the youth of Japan and Asia.
He was a genuinely great global leader, and we are proud to have walked toward peace together.
Please convey our sincerest condolences to his family and all at Religions for Peace.
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