On February 16, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada issued a statement commemorating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Nichiren Daishonin (according to the traditional East Asian age reckoning, which counts a person as one year old at birth). He commended third founding president Daisaku Ikeda’s success at having made the profound philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism available to a global population, and his ability to explain it in simple and understandable terms. On November 18, 2021, the Soka Gakkai will publish a new Japanese edition of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, overseen by President Ikeda.
Members around the world have been celebrating the Lunar New Year at their meetings. On February 12, members in Macau held two commemorative meetings at the Macau Culture Center with a total of 230 participants. On the same day, SGI Philippines and Soka Gakkai Malaysia held online meetings. On February 14, members in Vancouver, Canada, held two online meetings with more than 150 participants in total.
Following on from meetings held in other parts of the world, online meetings were held in Europe marking a fresh departure toward the centennial of the founding of the Soka Gakkai, both as an organization promoting personal growth based on Buddhist practice and as a grassroots peace movement. On January 31, Soka Gakkai Italy held a national leaders meeting, and SGI Belgium hosted a general meeting. Similarly, leaders meetings were held in Croatia and Portugal on February 6 and in Sweden on February 7.