by James C. Stephens

Wednesday, October 27, 1971


Attended a Transportation Seminar, only three Urban Studies Majors were present. How disconcerting!! Education in the United States is so similar to what Pres. Ikeda calls station-lunch universities in Japan (commuter colleges). They’re universal. I feel that I’ve got to do something to change that situation. Sogohonbucho can’t do everything. I must definitely fight to stand alone in my field.

Zhou Enlai and Daisaku Ikeda 1974I got home at 5:00 and was in time to do Gongyo with Sogohonbucho. He talked about the consequence of the Komeito party in the Red China situation. Chou En Lai talked to the head of the Komei party and wanted him to agree that the US was an imperialist nation. He scolded him and said the U.S. has made it possible to have freedom in Japan of religion and politics.

Chou En Lai respects Komei so much he sent telegrams and everything. Komeito said to Chou En Lai~ “There’s two sides to everything, it’s only natural isn’t it?”

Now starting Nov. 1 the only Japanese newspaper in Peking is the Komei Shimbun (newspaper of Komeito party circulation 3 million).

The Komei representative shook everyone’s hand while other representatives just would not mingle. In fact, he invited 100 guests, including doormen, elevator operators, bell boys, everyone. He really showed Pres. Ikeda’s Ichinen for the Chinese people.

My guests, one freaked out, just split, but Ron in a wheelchair, really has decided to try chanting. It really blew my mind because at one point Sogohonbucho just pointed to his exact circumstances. Ron got a degree from UCSB, but has never used it and he got paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident. Sogohonbucho, wow!


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