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Press Releases | Sep 8 2014 New

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

On Sept. 7, Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI) held a Youth Conference for Peace at the International Conference Center Hiroshima. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 24 2014 New

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

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 ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2014 New

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

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 prior to the 25th International Peace Research Association (IPRA) General Conference held there in mid-August. ... read more

Culture | Aug 15 2014

SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

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. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2014

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

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. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 2-3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo held their 23rd annual Youth Peace Summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 5 2014

SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

From August 4-5, SGI-Philippines participated in a workshop titled "Mobilizing Faith-Based Communities for Crisis Response." The workshop was co-organized by the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the DFA auditorium in the City of Pasay, Metro Manila. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 5 2014

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

On July 27, at its Taoyuan Culture Center, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a prayer service for victims of the July 23 TransAsia Airways plane that crashed in Taiwan's Penghu Islands. ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 4 2014

Buddhist Youth Step Up Momentum toward Nuclear Abolition, Spread Message of Peace

On August 2-3, 2014, youth representatives of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo held their 23rd annual Youth Peace Summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2014

Ambassador of Marshall Islands Gives Talk, Soka Gakkai Youth Kick Off "Nuclear Zero" Petition Drive

Ambassador of Marshall Islands Gives Talk, Soka Gakkai Youth Kick Off "Nuclear Zero" Petition Drive

On July 31, H.E. Tom D. Kijiner, Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to Japan, gave a talk at a Soka Gakkai student division symposium held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 26 2014

Soka Gakkai Holds Lecture on Minamata Disease and Building a Sustainable Society

Soka Gakkai Holds Lecture on Minamata Disease and Building a Sustainable Society

On July 26, Soka Gakkai members in Minamata City, Kyushu, invited Masazumi Yoshii, a former mayor of the city, to lecture on the impact of Minamata disease, mercury poisoning caused by industrial pollution that first broke out in the 1950s, and his efforts to rebuild and revitalize the city and its residents in the decades that followed. ... read more

Education | Jul 25 2014

TSA Holds Annual Soka Joy Summer Camps in Remote Areas

TSA Holds Annual Soka Joy Summer Camps in Remote Areas

During late June and July, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) organized Soka Joy Summer Camps at elementary schools in remote rural areas, mountainous regions and isolated islands of Taiwan. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 15 2014

SGI Promotes Role of FBOs in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

SGI Promotes Role of FBOs in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

On June 25, SGI and ACT Alliance co-organized a side event titled "The Role of Faith Based Organizations in Disaster Resilience" at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held from June 22-26 in Bangkok, Thailand. ... read more

Culture | Jul 6 2014

China National Peking Opera Company Performs in Japan

China National Peking Opera Company Performs in Japan

From May 9 to July 3, to celebrate the 120th birth anniversary of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang (1894-1961), first president of the China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC), the Min-On Concert Association invited the company to perform at some 30 venues throughout Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 6 2014

SGI-Sweden Organizes Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition

SGI-Sweden Organizes Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition

From July 4-6, SGI-Sweden organized the showing of the anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" (EYT), jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), during Almedalen Week 2014. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 30 2014

SGI-Korea Students Show Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition at 210 Venues

SGI-Korea Students Show Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition at 210 Venues

From May 1 to June 30, as part of SGI-Korea (KSGI)'s student group's UNIPEACE initiative, a specially created exhibition "Envisioning a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" was shown at some 210 venues including 150 universities across the country. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 29 2014

Friendship Exchanges between Youth from Taiwan Soka Association and Peking University

Friendship Exchanges between Youth from Taiwan Soka Association and Peking University

On May 29, a delegation of 25 students and faculty from China's Peking University (PKU) visited Taiwan Soka Association (TSA)'s Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei for a friendship exchange with TSA student group members. ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2014

SGM Showcases Malaysian Printmaker Loo Foh Sang's Works

SGM Showcases Malaysian Printmaker Loo Foh Sang's Works

From June 7 to 22, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted an exhibition titled "The Untiring Engraver--48 Years of Original Prints by Loo Foh Sang" at its Wisma Kebudayaan SGM center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 12 2014

"Seeds of Hope" Shown in India, South Korea and Malaysia

"Seeds of Hope" Shown in India, South Korea and Malaysia

On June 2, in commemoration of World Environment Day (June 5), a 10-day showing of the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," jointly created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, opened at the Regional Labor Court in São Paulo, Brazil. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 11 2014

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown in Brazil and other Latin American Countries

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown in Brazil and other Latin American Countries

On June 2, in commemoration of World Environment Day (June 5), a 10-day showing of the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," jointly created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, opened at the Regional Labor Court in São Paulo, Brazil. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2014

SGI-Italy Holds Nationwide Women's General Meetings

SGI-Italy Holds Nationwide Women's General Meetings

On June 8, SGI-Italy held Women's General Meetings at over 950 venues across the country including the cities of Cecina, Turin, Rome, Milan, Florence, Falconara Marittima, Bologna, Cagliari and Catania on the island of Sicily. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 2 2014

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Events Held in Japan and South Korea

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Events Held in Japan and South Korea

On May 11, Soka Gakkai youth members in Kansai, Japan, held a peace festival at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium themed "Create a World Free From Nuclear Weapons--The Future Is Yours to Change!" ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 31 2014

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

From May 21-31, a group of 20 Soka Gakkai youth members from Japan visited China for a friendship exchange hosted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), continuing a tradition of exchange that began in 1979. ... read more

Education | May 31 2014

SGI-Spain Organizes Symposium on Education for Sustainable Development

SGI-Spain Organizes Symposium on Education for Sustainable Development

On May 31, SGI-Spain sponsored a symposium themed "Education for Sustainable Development: The Present and the Future" at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid near Madrid. Some 70 people, mainly educators, attended from across the country. ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2014

Portuguese Edition of Nichiren's Writings Published in Brazil

Portuguese Edition of Nichiren's Writings Published in Brazil

A Portuguese edition of The Collected Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, was recently published by Editora Brasil Seikyo. On May 24, Brazil SGI (BSGI) launched the new book at a commemorative event held at its Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo. ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2014

SGI Youth from Across Asia  Deepen Bonds of Friendship in Kyushu

SGI Youth from Across Asia Deepen Bonds of Friendship in Kyushu

From May 17-19, a group of 24 SGI youth leaders from India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand traveled to Kyushu, southernmost of the four main islands of Japan, for a weekend of exchange with youth members in the region. The trip was part of an SGI training course that began in Tokyo on May 15. ... read more

Buddhism | May 18 2014

Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Opening of SGI-Ghana Center

Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Opening of SGI-Ghana Center

SGI-Ghana celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the first SGI center on the African continent, the SGI-Ghana Center in Accra, at a general meeting with some 700 members on May 18. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 18 2014

SGI-Philippines Participates in International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

SGI-Philippines Participates in International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

On May 18, some 30 SGI-Philippines members participated in the 2014 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial organized by the Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network (MOCAN). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 2 2014

SGI Co-organizes Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament Education at UN HQ

SGI Co-organizes Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament Education at UN HQ

On May 2, SGI co-organized a seminar on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education at the UN Headquarters in New York. The seminar was held as an official side event of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference held from April 28 to May 9. ... read more

Culture | May 2 2014

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts International Conference on Social Impact of Museums

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts International Conference on Social Impact of Museums

On May 2, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) hosted one day of a multi-venue conference on "The Social Impact of Museums" at its Zhi Shan Culture Center. An exhibition created by TSA titled "Museums in Action" that explores the mission and role of museums in the service of society and as agents of social change was on display. ... read more

Culture | Apr 30 2014

SGI-UK Organize Second International Jazz Day Concert, "Ode to the Human Spirit"

SGI-UK Organize Second International Jazz Day Concert, "Ode to the Human Spirit"

"Ode to The Human Spirit," a sold-out evening of jazz organized by SGI-UK at London's Kings Place on April 30 to mark UNESCO International Jazz Day 2014, brought together a great array of jazz talent, including U.S. multireedist, composer and SGI-USA member Bennie Maupin, best known for his work on "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis and "Head Hunters" with Herbie Hancock. ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 30 2014

Faith Groups Unite on Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Issue Joint Statement

Faith Groups Unite on Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Issue Joint Statement

On April 24, SGI sponsored a one-day interfaith symposium titled "Making a Difference--Faith Communities and the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 27 2014

SGI-Chile Members Respond to Disasters

SGI-Chile Members Respond to Disasters

On April 1, a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit the northern coast of Chile causing landslides, power outages, interruptions in water supplies and triggering a tsunami. ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 25 2014

US Faith Groups Unite to Call for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Stressing Devastating Humanitarian Impact

Washington DC: On April 24, 2014, Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI) sponsored "Making a Difference--Faith Communities and the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons," a one-day interfaith symposium held at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 22 2014

SGI Latin America Study Training Course Held in Brazil and Argentina

SGI Latin America Study Training Course Held in Brazil and Argentina

A Latin America study training course was held in Brazil from April 18-20 and in Argentina from April 21-22. The course brought together a total of some 4,000 SGI members from across Latin America including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Colombia. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 22 2014

Soka Gakkai Publishes 16th in Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

Soka Gakkai Publishes 16th in Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

In collaboration with the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), the Soka Gakkai recently published the 16th part in its Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Asiatic Society, Kolkata (No.4079), Romanized Text. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 21 2014

2014 SGI Spring Training Course Held

2014 SGI Spring Training Course Held

Some 270 SGI members from 60 countries and territories gathered in Tokyo to take part in the 2014 SGI Spring Training Course. The week-long course, starting on April 17 with an opening ceremony held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, ran until April 21. ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 12 2014

SGI-Spain Hosts Interfaith Symposium, Lecture on Media and Religion

SGI-Spain Hosts Interfaith Symposium, Lecture on Media and Religion

On March 29, SGI-Spain hosted an interfaith symposium organized by the Madrid Community Interfaith Dialogue Association (ADIM). The symposium, held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, near Madrid, was attended by some 100 people including representatives from the Bahá'í faith, Brahma Kumaris, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Tibetan Buddhism and SGI-Spain. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2014

Brazil SGI Men's Division Members Attend Exchange Meetings in Remote Areas

Brazil SGI Men's Division Members Attend Exchange Meetings in Remote Areas

From March 28-30, a group of volunteers from Brazil SGI (BSGI) Men's Division from São Paulo travelled to 137 venues across the country to attend exchange meetings with fellow BSGI members. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 29 2014

SSA Strengthens Interfaith Ties

SSA Strengthens Interfaith Ties

In March, in line with their commitment to deepen mutual understanding and tolerance in a racially and religiously diverse society, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) participated in two interfaith events and co-organized a seminar on parenting with other faith-based organizations in March. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 29 2014

SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden

SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden

As part of the Bagmati Cleaning Program to improve the environment of the Bagmati River that runs through the city of Kathmandu, SGI-Nepal members have initiated the "Lotusbari" project to create a small garden on the banks of the river. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 29 2014

Soka Gakkai Japan Releases Survey on March 11 Disaster

Soka Gakkai Japan Releases Survey on March 11 Disaster

On March 29, the student division of Soka Gakkai Japan hosted a reconstruction symposium at the Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, as part of their nationwide SOKA Global Action initiative. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2014

SOKA Global Action Youth Delegates From Japan Visit U.S.

SOKA Global Action Youth Delegates From Japan Visit U.S.

From March 18-25, as part of the Soka Gakkai youth-led peace campaign "SOKA Global Action" launched in January, a delegation of eight Soka Gakkai youth leaders from Japan visited the U.S. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2014

New SGI Center Opens in Singapore

New SGI Center Opens in Singapore

On March 23, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) opened its new Singapore Soka Peace Center which includes a permanent display on the history of the SGI. The opening ceremony was attended by SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, SGI Asia Women's Leader Yumiko Kasanuki and SGI representatives from countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 23 2014

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown in New Zealand and Okinawa

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown in New Zealand and Okinawa

The exhibition "Everything You Treasure--A World Free From Nuclear Weapons," jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),was shown in Hastings, New Zealand, from February 18 to March 11 and in Okinawa, Japan, from March 13-23. ... read more