As always, the focus was on shakubuku. Daisaku Ikeda often conducted several small meetings a day to introduce new people to Buddhism.
Mr. Ikeda also realized that the members needed music for encouragement. Working with the youth division, he created the song "Kure Nai No Uta."
In December 1981, Daisaku Ikeda visited Kyushu, one of the areas hardest hit by problems with the local priesthood. In these areas, priests were recruiting families to leave SGI and become direct temple members. Leaders in Kyushu couldn't understand what was going wrong. Mr. Ikeda did his best to encourage the members there.
The youth of the area remained staunch in its support of the Soka Gakkai. President Ikeda worked collaboratively with the youth to produce the historic poem "Youth Scale the Mountain of the 21st Century." This poem was a source of encouragement for members around the world.