Daisaku Ikeda ( born January 2, 1928) is president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Buddhist association which claims 12 million members in 192 countries and territories, and founder of several educational, cultural and research institutions.
Daisaku Ikeda was born the fifth son of seaweed farmers at Ōta, Tokyo. He had four older brothers, who fought in World War II, two younger brothers, and a sister. As a child, he suffered from poor health and later tuberculosis, and doctors predicted that he wouldn't survive beyond the age of 30. Ikeda's family endured the hardships of the war. In his youth, he lost his eldest brother Kiichi Ikeda (1916–1945) to World War II, which developed in him a strong opposition to war.
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