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Press Releases | Apr 16 2009

Call for End to Nuclear Weapons at Oslo Launch of Exhibit on Human Security and Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Senior Norwegian politicians issued a strong call for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the opening of an exhibition linking nuclear abolition and human security attended by around 120 diplomats, scholars and activists at the Oslo City Hall Gallery on April 15. Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Memorial Services

During March and April 2009, some 8,000 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members gathered for Buddhist memorial services to offer prayers for their deceased relatives and ancestors at TSA's Ci-En Memorial Hall in Yunlin County. In the Chinese tradition, the Qing Ming Festival is held every year in spring, during ... read more

Culture | Apr 12 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens in Shanghai, China

On April 12, 2009, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Shanghai Library in Shanghai, China. The exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, has been a great success during its tour of Japan, where it was seen by more than one million visitors ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2009

Fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil

From April 10-12, 2009, the fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,100 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 6 2009

Japan-China Youth Environmental Forum Held in Hokkaido, Japan

On April 5, 2009, a Chinese youth delegation visited Hokkaido and attended a Japan-China Youth Environmental Forum on April 6 at Soka Gakkai Hokkaido Culture Center in Sapporo. Following remarks from Hokkaido Soka Gakkai Youth Leader Akira Nishihara, Hokkaido Soka Gakkai Youth Peace and Culture Conference members presented a ... read more

Culture | Apr 6 2009

Yemeni Musician Performs at Min-On Culture Center

On April 6, 2009, Ahmad Fathi, renowned singer and oud player from the Republic of Yemen, gave a recital at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The oud is a pear-shaped, stringed instrument, commonly played in the Middle East and North Africa. Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 5 2009

Singapore Soka Association Participates in "Bag of Hope 2009"

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) partnered with North East Community Development Council (CDC) in "Bag of Hope 2009," a community outreach effort targeting families in need. The project aims to collect and distribute food staples to families who are on the CDC's public assistance rosters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2009

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Held at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

From April 3-4, 2009, the "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) exhibition was showcased at the annual University of Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, South Bend, Indiana, USA. More than 100 students from 20 universities, as well as 25 SGI-USA members and friends from southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana, participated in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2009

SGI-USA Student Club Hosts Symposium on Humanitarian Competition at University of Pennsylvania, USA

University of Pennsylvania students Nobu Hiroi, Amy Vittor and Anthony Leem, Temple University undergraduate Lisa Howe and Jefferson Medical College student Isamu Yoshioka presented an overview of the proposal, which questions humanity's abstract love of money, calls for a focus on the real needs of real people and emphasizes ... read more

Education | Apr 4 2009

Santa Cruz State Board of Education, Bolivia, Confers Education Contribution Award

Over the years, SGI-Bolivia has conducted youth education seminars at local high schools and other venues at the request of the Santa Cruz State Board of Education. The seminars have been highly appreciated by those involved in education. Students of many schools also visited the "Nuclear Arms: Threat to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 2 2009

SGI Launches Resources in Support of the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition

SGI has created two new resources to support the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition. The first, a website, www.peoplesdecade.org, launched on April 2, 2009. The site features key facts and news related to nuclear abolition, as well as sections titled "Get Involved" and "Experts Say." Visitors to the site are invited ... read more

Culture | Apr 2 2009

China Youth, Friendship Delegations Visit Soka Gakkai

On March 31, 2009, a Chinese youth delegation, led by All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) Deputy Secretary-General Ni Jian, received a warm welcome by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Soka Gakkai youth representatives at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ACYF is the largest youth organization in China, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 2 2009

Douglas Roche Speaks at Toronto Culture Centre

The first of SGI-Canada's Distinguished Speakers Series" was held on April 2, 2009, at the SGI-Canada Toronto Culture Centre with over 100 attending. Guest speaker, Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., is a Canadian parliamentarian and diplomat, whose 35-year public career has focused on peace and human security issues. In his ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 31 2009

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Sponsors Academic Symposium and Public Lecture

On March 17, 2009, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 25th Academic Symposium in Hachioji, Tokyo. Dr. Jim Garrison, president of the John Dewey Society and professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., gave a keynote speech on "Daisaku Ikeda and John ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2009

Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India, Indonesia and Singapore

On March 21-22, 2009, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito at Siri Fort Auditorium and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) auditorium in New Delhi. Some 3,000 members from across the country participated in the sessions which centered ... read more