Mr Ikeda became much busier, his health was not good, in the winter 1969, Mr Ikeda became sick during his travels. Mrs Ikeda began accompanying her husband when he attended events around Japan. Because of uncertain health demonstrated by Mr. Ikeda's collapse during a trip to US, executive staff of Soka Gakkai requested his wife accompany him on all overseas trips.
In the midst of buzy life, Mrs Ikeda continued to her own affairs successfully. Her cheerfulness, even when facing great difficulty , was a boon to the family. No matter what happened, she never faltered. But she admits, "When I accompanied him, I would also get extremely tired and once got very sick.
Mr Ikeda arrived home late at night, she let him have the bedroom to himself in order to give him a chance to sleep soundly. It shows just how exhasuting their daily life had become. Here, though, Mrs. Ikeda's exceptionally positive attitude can be seen. She said that, having become ill herself, she experienced for the first time the difficulties that her husband faced.
That she spoke frankly caused her husband a bit of apprehension on their first trip to China in 1974. Her honesty, however, served to deepen the relationships of trust with their Chinese hosts. This kind of courage, to state things just as they are, seems very characteristic of Mrs Ikeda, and her husband may have signed with relief at the outcome.