Richard Yoshimachi

President and Executive Director

richard.yoshimachi [at]

Richard is President and Executive Director of the Ikeda Center, providing direction and leadership. Focus areas include bolstering the scholarly network, overseeing the development of programs and publications, and promoting organizational wellbeing. Prior to joining the Center in 2009, Richard served as director of the Soka Gakkai International Washington DC Culture Center. From 1998-2003, Richard was the executive director of Linus Pauling and the Twentieth Century, a traveling exhibition celebrating the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and peace activist. He is a member of the first graduating class of Soka University Tokyo.

Among so many inspiring thoughts from Center founder Daisaku Ikeda, Richard appreciates this in particular:

"When we possess the the treasure of hope, it gives rise to other treasures, too. Hope draws forth our inner potential and strength. Hope is a magic weapon that enables us to make our dreams come true."

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