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Human Rights | Nov 23 2005

Exhibition in Support of the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education Opens in Osaka

"Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual" (working title) created by the Soka Gakkai youth division, was launched on November 22 at the Osaka Business Park Hall (MID Theatre) in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The United Nations Information Center, UNICEF Office in Japan and National Federation of UNESCO Association ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 22 2005

Kansai Youth Peace Conference Hosts Lecture on the United Nations and Human Rights

On November 21, Soka Gakkai's Kansai Youth Peace Conference hosted the third lecture in a youth seminar series at the Osaka Chuo Culture Center in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, commemorating the "Human Rights for Hope in the 21st Century (tentative translation)" exhibition, which opened today in Osaka City. The United ... read more

Education | Nov 22 2005

San Diego County Board of Education, USA, Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

San Diego County Board of Education, California, USA, commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda, for their educational contributions. The conferral took place on November 9 in San Diego, during the Board's regular meeting. SGI-USA Vice General Director Ian McIlraith received a certificate, on Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda's ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 20 2005

Earth Charter Conference Held in Amsterdam, Netherlands

On November 7-9, nearly 400 representatives of nations and non-governmental organizations from throughout the world participated in the "Earth Charter +5 Conference" in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which took place five years after the launch of the Earth Charter. The event organizers included the Netherlands National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 19 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Prayer Services to Commemorate November 18, Anniversary of Soka Gakkai's Founding and First Soka Gakkai President's Passing

On November 18, Soka Gakkai held prayer services throughout Japan to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its founding, as well as the death of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, along with representatives. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 16 2005

Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University's Legal, Political and Social Research Center, Bolivia, Commends SGI President for Peace Contributions

The Legal, Political and Social Research Center, associated with the Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM: Universidad Autonoma Gabriel René Moreno), Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his humanitarian activities for world peace. The conferral took place on October 28 during the university's annual ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 14 2005

American Futurist Dr. Hazel Henderson Meets Soka Gakkai President and Lectures

On November 13, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya met with Dr. Hazel Henderson, world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist and consultant on sustainable development, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. Henderson stated it is important for women to gain equal opportunities to participate ... read more

Culture | Nov 12 2005

SGI-Mexico Participates in International Conference on Global Issues in Cuba Commemorating José Martí's 152 Birthday

From October 25 to 27, over 170 delegates from 32 countries, including SGI-Mexico Youth Division Chief Daisuke Inoue, attended an international conference titled "With and for the Good of All" at the Havana Conference Center, Cuba, to pursue resolutions to global issues based on the legacy of Cuba's national hero, ... read more

Education | Nov 10 2005

John Dewey Society Former President Lectures at Soka Schools in Tokyo

On November 9, Dr. David T. Hansen, former president of the John Dewey Society and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, visited Soka Schools in Kodaira City, Tokyo. Soka Schools students, teachers and staff welcomed Dr. Hansen. The schools' koto club members performed for him. Founded in 1935, the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders' Meeting

On November 2, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting, which commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai's 75th anniversary. The meeting, coinciding with the 30th SGI General Meeting, took place at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya, other executive leaders ... read more

Culture | Nov 1 2005

"Napoleon the Great: Cultural Brilliance and Spiritual Legacy" Previews at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Hachioji, Tokyo

Musée Masséna Nice, France Deutsches Historiches Museum, Berlin, Germany Portrait of Empress Josephine by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835) Portrait of Emperor Napoleon by François Gérard (1770-1837) A preview of "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture" an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), took place at the Hachioji museum on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 31 2005

Osaka Soka Gakkai to Sponsor Exhibition in Support of the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education

From November 22, Osaka Soka Gakkai will sponsor the "Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual" (working title) in Osaka. The exhibition supports the United Nations' World Program for Human Rights Education, adopted unanimously at the UN general assembly in October 2004 at the conclusion of the UN Decade ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 31 2005

Osaka Soka Gakkai to Sponsor Exhibition in Support of the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education

From November 22, Osaka Soka Gakkai will sponsor the "Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual" (working title) in Osaka. The exhibition supports the United Nations' World Program for Human Rights Education, adopted unanimously at the UN general assembly in October 2004 at the conclusion of the UN Decade ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2005

SGI-Portugal Grows to Four Chapters

SGI-Portugal members at recent general meeting On October 23, SGI-Portugal held a general meeting in Lisbon to commemorate its 40th anniversary. Since SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Portugal on October 27, 1965, the organization has developed, based on his encouragement to engage in activities and exchanges infused with the spirit ... read more

Culture | Oct 27 2005

SGI-Austria Culture Center Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with an Open House

Chamber orchestra presents music by Schubert Poetry reading On September 24, SGI-Austria held an open house for nearby residents at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, celebrating the center's tenth anniversary. Local residents were treated to professional actors reading poetry by Goethe and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and a chamber music ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 26 2005

SGI Mourns Loss of American Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks

On behalf of SGI members in 190 countries, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent his condolences to the family of Rosa Parks, American civil rights heroine, who died October 24 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Mrs. Parks was 92. In his message, Mr. Ikeda expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the Parks family ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 23 2005

"Dialogue with Nature" Shown at Regional Libraries in Singapore

From October 5-15, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's nature and scenic photographs taken by during his travels in Japan and abroad, opened at regional libraries in Singapore. The Jurong Regional Library opening on October 5 was graced by 160 members and guests, including Kwek Leng ... read more

Education | Oct 23 2005

Education Department to Sponsor Exhibition on Humanistic Education in November

Commemorating Soka Gakkai's 75th anniversary (November 18), the Soka Gakkai Education Department will sponsor "Radiant Children and Humanistic Education" (tentative translation), an exhibition on Soka Education, covering the educational philosophies of first and second Soka Gakkai presidents Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who has made ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2005

SGI-Australia Has New Leadership Line-up

General Director Greg Johns Women's Leader Elizabeth Bowen Youth Leader David Tan Young Men's Leader Gerard Yap Young Women's Leader Rachel Khoo(incumbent) SGI-Australia held a national representatives meeting on October 15-16 at its Sydney center to kick off the next 50 years of the organization's development. New national leaders were announced, as follows: General Director ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates US$30,000 for Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada and Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited the Pakistan Embassy in Tokyo on October 17 to express condolences for the country's loss and donate US$30,000 (3,400,000 yen) to the President's Relief Fund for Earthquake Victims for those affected by the devastating earthquake ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates Funds for Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Soka Gakkai decided to donate 3.4 million yen (approx. US$ 30,000) to aid victims of the recent large-scale earthquake in Pakistan. On October 17, Soka Gakkai representatives, headed by Vice General Director Minoru Harada, called on Ambassador Kamran Niaz at the Pakistan Embassy in Minato Ward, Tokyo, to deliver the ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 17 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Cosponsors Symposium with Harvard University's Yenching Institute and Center for the Study of World Religions

On October 7, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Hachioji, Tokyo, sponsored with Harvard University's Yenching Institute and Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) a symposium entitled "Perspectives on Religion and Globalization." Some 50 Harvard scholars discussed the role of religion in coping with various issues of the ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2005

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Entrance Level Study Examination

On September 18, some 250 SGI-Bolivia members sat for an entrance level study examination at 21 venues throughout Bolivia. The study material included "The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra" from Nichiren's writings; the life of Nichiren Daishonin; Soka Gakkai's history; and basic Buddhist concepts, including the "ten worlds." ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 13 2005

Soka Gakkai President Meets United Nations Children's Rights Committee Chair

On October 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya met with Professor Jacob E. Doek, chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CRC, a committee of international experts in the field of human rights, was ... read more

Education | Oct 13 2005

Diadema Regional Education Board, Brazil, Recognizes SGI's Educational Contributions

Diadema Regional Education Board, Diadema City, São Paulo State, Brazil, supervises the curricula and programs of the city's public elementary through high schools. In Diadema, five out of 67 public schools have been implementing the Makiguchi Education Project, developed by the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Division, based on the ideas of ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2005

BRC Sponsors "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters" to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass

On October 1, 2005 the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) sponsored "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters," the second annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, at its center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Commemorating the 150th anniversary this year of Whitman's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, scholars and poets ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2005

SGI-Thailand Youth Hold Southeast Asia Exchange; SGI-USA Youth Hold General Meeting in Los Angeles, California

SGI Southeast Asia youth held a friendship exchange session in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 23-25, 2005. The event followed exchanges between Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and SGI-Thailand in November 2004 and May 2005, and aimed to unite the SGI youth of the Southeast Asian countries. At the recent event, youth ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 4 2005

Second SGI-Oceania Conference Held in New Zealand

On September 25, some 800 SGI members from 17 countries and regions in Oceania gathered for the Second SGI-Oceania Conference at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland, New Zealand, commemorating the SGI's 30th anniversary. SGI-Oceania's membership has grown twofold in the past five years. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2005

China's Tianjin Song and Dance Theater Tours Japan; Min-On Founder Appointed Honorary Director

The Tianjin Song and Dance Theater, a leading musical dance troupe in China, is now touring Japan, at the invitation of Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Founded in 1953, the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater has contributed to develop China's performing arts and deepen friendships with people across the world through ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2005

IOP Cohosts Symposium on Nonviolence and Peace in Tokyo

On September 24, an Indo-Japan collaborative symposium, titled "Toward Creating an Age of Nonviolence and Peace: Gandhism and the SGI (tentative translation)" took place at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan and the National Committee of Dr. G. Ramachandran's Centennial ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 24 2005

Dr. N. Radhakrishnan Lectures on Significance of SGI President's Peace Proposals

On September 23, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy sponsored a lecture by Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, director of the G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence in India on "Significance of SGI President's Peace Proposals to Contemporary Society" at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. Radhakrishnan, an internationally renowned Gandhian scholar ... read more

Culture | Sep 23 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in 48th National Day Celebration

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) participated in Malaysia's 48th National Day (August 31) celebrations in 11 states, including Kuala Lumpur. SGM has supported independence day festivities since 1985, when the Malaysian government first approached SGM with a request for support. On August 31, 100 SGM Student Division members put on a ... read more

Education | Sep 20 2005

Soka Gakkai Educators in Hokkaido Exchange Reports on Applying Humanistic Education

On September 18, Soka Gakkai educators of Hokkaido gathered for the 19th Hokkaido "Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" at the Iwamizawa Community Center in Iwamizawa City, to report on their efforts to practice humanistic education in the classroom. Some 1,200 educators and guests attended. In a message, SGI ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 15 2005

SGI-USA Donates Money for Hurricane Relief, Starts Toy Collection Drive

In response to the heavy losses caused by Hurricane Katrina when it hit the southern part of the US on August 29, SGI-USA has entrusted US$10,000 to the Red Cross for use in emergency relief operations to support victims of Hurricane Katrina. SGI-USA youth have has also launched a toy collection ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 10 2005

SGI-USA Musicians Perform for Evacuees

SGI-USA volunteers have continued to engage in relief activities following Hurricane Katrina that hit the coastal regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, causing the most destruction in New Orleans where the levy system collapsed and submerged much of the city under water. On September 9, International Committee of Artists for ... read more

Education | Sep 9 2005

Kyochikuto no natsu, Produced by Shinano Films, Recognized by Japanese Ministry of Education

Kyochikuto no natsu (Oleander Summer), produced by Shinano Art and Culture Consultant Co. Ltd. to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, received a "Special Selection" rating from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a film for children, youth, adults and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2005

September 8 Marks 48th Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons"

Today, September 8, is the 48th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" made at the Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. In the declaration, Mr. Toda earnestly called on youth to take on the mission of promulgating the abolition of ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 6 2005

Response to Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing unparalleled destruction and losses to the areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Thousands lost their lives and many more were forced to evacuate. New Orleans is particularly affected, with much of the city still ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 2 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Opens New Center in Kuantan, Pahang

Local SGM members celebrate the opening of their new Pahang Center in Kuantan, Pahang State Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) opened a new center in Kuantan, state capital of Pahang, Malaysia's largest state, located in the eastern coastal region. Some 500 attended the opening of the Pahang Center on August 21, including ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 2 2005

SGI-Europe Members Meet for Summer Study in Trets, France

During July and August, SGI members in Europe met for their annual summer course at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. On August 18-23, some 150 members from 27 European countries gathered for a summer study session. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, visiting from Japan, lectured on ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 1 2005

SGI-USA Participates in Hurricane Katrina Relief Activities

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern Gulf Coast of the US. The onslaught destroyed much of the coast of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. To date, these areas are still plagued by massive flooding, with much of the infrastructure destroyed. In response, SGI-USA has set up two relief ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 29 2005

IOP to Host Public Lecture by India's G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence Director

On September 23, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) will host a lecture by Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, director of the G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence in India, in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, a leading Gandhi expert, will speak about peace issues based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's peace ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2005

Soka Gakkai Music Bands Participate in Local Parades

On August 27, the Soka Gakkai Nagano Fife-and-Drum Corps marched in the "Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto 2005," annual music festival in Nagano Prefecture. On the same day, Soka Renaissance Vanguard Junior participated in a local summer festival in Tachikawa City, Tokyo. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 26 2005

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Commended by Psychologists for Social Responsibility for Promoting Peace and Social Justice

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) presented the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) with its 2005 Distinguished Contribution to Building Cultures of Peace Award for contributing to global awareness and for "cultivating an international sense of community [that] has produced a rich harvest of peace activities and educational ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 22 2005

Holocaust Exhibit Opens in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

On August 21, "The Courage to Remember--Anne Frank and the Holocaust," opened at the International Congress Center in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The show describes the Nazi perpetration of the Holocaust and persecution of the Jewish people during World War II, as well as the life of Anne Frank, the ... read more