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  • Buddhist Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Call for World Youth Summit for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

    HIROSHIMA: On September 7, Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI) held a Youth Conference for Peace at the International Conference Center Hiroshima. Over 100 young people from 16 countries, including the US, the UK and India, listened to survivors of the atomic bombing and pooled ideas on ways forward in the challenge to abolish nuclear weapons. A peace declaration was unanimously adopted by those present. It includes the following pledges: not to tolerate the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons; to work towards the convening of a World Youth Summit for the Abolition of

  • Soka Gakkai's Relief Efforts in Response to Floods and Landslides in Japan

    In mid-August, the prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Gifu in Japan experienced torrential rain of record proportions which caused disruptions to transportation, floods and landslides. In response to the August 16-17 floods that especially affected Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, Soka Gakkai in Kyoto set up an emergency relief center and dispatched volunteers to support the flood victims. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message of encouragement that was shared during visits with members who had been affected by the flooding. On August 20, volunteers from the Soka Gakkai young men's group in Kyoto cleared mud and debris and removed damaged furniture

  • Toda Institute Sponsors Music and Peacebuilding Workshop; Participates in International Peace Research Conference

    The SGI-affiliated Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held a senior research fellows meeting and a workshop on music and peacebuilding in Istanbul, Turkey, prior to the 25th International Peace Research Association (IPRA) General Conference held there in mid-August. At the senior research fellows meeting, held from August 8-9, topics discussed included the war in Syria, the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the situations in Iraq, Ukraine and East Asia. The researchers highlighted the role that civil society movements had played in rousing an international call for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in response to these conflicts. They also emphasized that the

  • SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

    On August 9, some 640 members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed during Singapore's National Day Parade 2014. Themed "Our People, Our Home" and held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the parade celebrated the 49th anniversary of the country's independence and was viewed by some 27,000 spectators including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam. SSA put on two performances in this, its 29th appearance in the National Day Parade. The first performance, which paid tribute to various sectors of Singapore's workforce and celebrated the nation's diversity, featured synchronized dancing and human formations by members of the

  • SGI-Europe Holds Annual Summer Study Sessions in Milan and Trets

    From July 24-27, SGI-Europe's annual summer study sessions were held on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Some 500 people of all ages from 31 countries including Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK attended. SGI-Europe Chairman Hideaki Takahashi and SGI-Europe Women's Leader Suzanne Pritchard were also present. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. Over the four days, participants attended lectures and Q&A sessions led by Hidetoshi Fukuda, general chief of the Soka Gakkai Young Men's Division Study Department, who was visiting from Japan. Drawing from the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren's teachings and President Ikeda's writings on Buddhism,


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