■March 26, 2020
To All Branch Masters and Kenshi
of the World Shorinji Kempo Organization
The COVID-19 has now spread around the world. All countries where Shorinji Kempo is practiced have confirmed the infection cases and many of the countries have been forced to implement hard measures to protect their people. If any of you, your family members or friends are infected with the virus, I would like to send my best wishes and pray for a speedy recovery.
We had organized a WSKO training camp to be held from March 26 to 29, 2020, at the headquarters of Shorinji Kempo in Tadotsu, Kagawa Prefecture of Japan, the town where Shorinji Kempo was founded, attended by 170 comrades of Shorinji Kempo from 20 countries, which did not happen to my great disappointment. Many countries have imposed lockdowns, and people are banned from going out; it is painful to me that many people around the world are forced to live in stress feeling uneasy. Even under such circumstances, on the other hand, I have had positive reports that Kenshi are practicing together connected each other from home via Internet, and actively communicating and cheering up each other.
Now is the time when we should spend wisely doing what is the best for respective countries and areas. Let’s believe and wait that the human wisdom will surely retrieve our normal lives back soon. When the time comes, let’s all work together again to promote Shorinji Kempo.
I look forward to meeting you again at the World Taikai and the International Study Session in October 2021.
World Shorinji Kempo Organization