Makiguchi Plaza Street Opens in Tuscany, Italy
Cecina City in Tuscany Province, Italy, recently opened to traffic Makiguchi Plaza Street, named after first Soka Gakkai President and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) in recognition of his lifetime commitment to advancing education. A dedication ceremony was held on May 23, 2009 at which a plaque bearing Makiguchi's name was unveiled. Cecina Mayor Paolo Pacini and Assembly Member Stefano Benedetti (elected mayor of Cecina in June 2009) attended, together with local students and SGI-Italy members. In 2001, Passignano sul Trasimeno in Perugia Province also opened a street paying tribute to the Japanese educator, while in 2006, Capraia e Limite in Florence Province dedicated a park in Makiguchi's honor.
[Adapted from an article in the June 6, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]