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Peace and Disarmament | Sep 1 2007

SGI-Brazil Sponsors Student Conference on Nuclear Abolition

On September 1, 2007, SGI-Brazil sponsored a student conference titled, "Nuclear Arms: The Evolving Challenge," at the SGI-Brazil Rio de Janeiro Culture Center. The event, attended by 320 members and guests, commemorated the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins in Celebrations for Malaysia's Golden Jubilee

On August 31, 2007, Malaysia commemorated its 50th anniversary of independence. Golden jubilee celebrations were held throughout the country leading up to the anniversary. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members participated in an event at Stadium Merdeka (Independence) in Kuala Lumpur. The national gala, highlighting the different eras of Malaysia's ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2007

5,000 Gather for SGI-Italy General Meeting in Florence, Italy

On August 28, 2007, over 5.000 SGI-Italy members gathered from throughout the nation for a general meeting at the Nelson Mandela Forum, an indoor sports arena in Florence, Tuscany Province. Florence Mayor Leonardo Domenici sent a congratulatory message in which he referred to the conferral of the Florentine Republic Seal of ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 26 2007

SGI-Spain and SGI-Portugal Attend Summer Study Session

On August 26, 2007, some 700 SGI members from the Iberian Peninsula attended a combined SGI-Spain and SGI-Portugal summer study session in Madrid, Spain. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on one of Nichiren's letters of encouragement to Shijo Kingo, a samurai retainer versed in medicine and a devout ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 26 2007

SGI Men and Young Men in Latin America Strengthen Friendships

In Ecuador, MD members gathered in their local districts. The participants strengthened their shared commitment to work for humanity's happiness in the spirit of mentor and disciple, manifest their inherent potential and stand up with courage to prevail against all adversity. Javier Silva, leader of Sin Fronteras District, joyfully reported ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 25 2007

SGI Members in Fiji Gather

On August 25, 2007, SGI members in Fiji gathered for their third district general meeting. The district has grown steadily since it was established in July 2005. SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and SGI members from the USA and Japan also participated in the gathering. Ajan and Rita Kumar were appointed ... read more

Culture | Aug 25 2007

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Supports Japan Tours of Russian and Impressionist Art

The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo, has been supporting the Japan tours of two exhibitions: "Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum from Late 18th Century to Early 20th Century," and "Impressionism and its Origins." The exhibition of Russian masterpieces opened on August 25, 2007, at the 21st ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 21 2007

SGI-New Zealand Cosponsors "Culture of Peace" Exhibition at University of Auckland

From August 13-21, 2007, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, hosted the SGI exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World." SGI-New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) Auckland Branch cosponsored the event and the United Nations Association of New Zealand ... read more

Culture | Aug 19 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Charity Culture Festival Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Independence

On August 18 and 19, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members in the state of Negeri Sembilan organized a charity culture festival at Stadium Tertutup Nilai, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Malaysia's independence, Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration calling ... read more

Culture | Aug 17 2007

SGI-Korea Fife-and-Drum Corps Participates in International Festivals

On August 16 and 17, 2007, the Victoria Marching Band, part of the SGI-Korea Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, performed at the renowned Jeju International Wind Music Festival on Jeju (Cheju) Island in South Korea. The 12th annual festival showcased 47 bands and orchestras from 12 countries, with 2,600 participants. The festival ... read more

Culture | Aug 16 2007

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Madagascar Artists

The fifth installment of the Min-On Concert Association's "A Musical Voyage Across Africa," launched 1999, will feature the music and dance of the Republic of Madagascar, a colorful, exotic island country off the southeastern coast of Africa. The tour, which kicked off in mid-August 2007, will take the Madagascar artists ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2007

Soka Gakkai Youth Pay Their Respects to Victims of War

On August 15, 2007, the 62nd anniversary of the end of World War II, Soka Gakkai youth held their 35th annual prayer for world peace and memorial for victims of war at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Youth division representatives offered solemn prayers for the respose ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 12 2007

UN Ambassador Chowdhury Meets with SGI Youth in Auckland, New Zealand

SGI New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace presented Ambassador Chowdhury with the SGI-New Zealand Peace Award. In his remarks, Ambassador Chowdhury said he is always energized and encouraged when he works together with SGI members. He also expressed his appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "great" support of the United ... read more

Culture | Aug 11 2007

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum to Open New Wing in 2008

Artist's rendering of TFAM's new wing Construction is underway on a new main wing for the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo, with completion scheduled for May 2008 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding. The new addition will be three stories high and will stand adjacent ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2007

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Service for Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims

On August 9, 2007, which marked the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, a World Peace Memorial Service was held at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. Hibakusha (atomic bomb victims) and bereaved families attended, together with representative Soka Gakkai youth of Nagasaki. Participants offered prayers for all ... read more