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From April 4-14, some 450 people visited the first-ever showing of SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) in Iceland, at Reykjavík City Hall. SGI-Iceland organized the showing and translated the 36-panel exhibition into Icelandic.
Some 120 people attended the opening, including U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Luis E. Arreaga and Iceland's Minister of Culture and Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
In her speech, Ms. Jakobsdóttir emphasized that during the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war was an everyday part of life. As long as nuclear weapons exist, that threat, she said, remains undiminished today and people need to be more acutely aware of it. The Minister also expressed support for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention and her hope that an agreement would be reached by 2015. There are currently moves toward Iceland declaring itself as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.
SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir introduced THS, placing it within the larger framework of SGI’s initiatives in peace, culture and education, and singer Selma Björnsdóttir also performed several songs.
The exhibition is also available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Thai.
[Adapted from the May 8, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun and from reports from SGI-Iceland; photos courtesy of SGI-Iceland]
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