Richard Causton was a British author, businessman, and the first chairman of the Soka Gakkai International in the United Kingdom.
Causton was born in London on 17 February 1920.
Educated at Dulwich College, Causton attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
During World World War II, at the age of 24, he was stationed on the borders of India and Burma. He served as a Brigade-Major of the Allied Forces. In Northeast India, he experienced the attacks of the Japanese army.
In 1958, he retired from the army.
At 38, Causton began a career in business. After working as Vice General Manager of the department store Harrods in London, he became a sales representative of Dunhill in the Far East.
In March 1974, Causton moved with Mitsuko to London. In 1975, the SGI-United Kingdom was officially founded and Causton became its first chairman.
He directed numerous cultural activities of SGI-United Kingdom, and co-founded the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council together with other humanitarian organizations.