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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

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2007

SGI's Antinuclear Exhibition Opens at New Zealand Parliament

On August 9, 2007, the SGI's "Creating a Culture of Peace: The Right to Human Security" opened at the New Zealand Parliament's executive wing, known as "The Beehive," in Wellington. The event was cosponsored by SGI-New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs with support from the Peace ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2007

Singapore National Day Parade Celebrations Include 1,500 SSA Members

On August 9, 2007, Singapore commemorated its 42nd National Day with "Celebrate Singapore: City of Possibilities," a spectacular evening show held at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium, the world's largest floating stage. Some 1,500 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members performed in the gala celebrations at the invitation of the Singaporean ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 8 2007

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Host Lecture on a Nuclear-Free World

On August 8, 2007, Soka Gakkai youth of Hiroshima held the 122nd in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. The event's featured speaker was Yuki Nakamura, director and coproducer of No More Hiroshima, No More Nagasaki, a documentary featuring nuclear holocaust survivors ... read more

Culture | Aug 8 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Kuching City Day Parade

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members, together with 42 other units, helped kick off the 19th Kuching City Day month-long celebrations that began with a grand parade on August 4, 2007, in Kuching, Sarawak State. Some 100 local SGM members participated in the event at the invitation of Kuching City. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 6 2007

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Renews Nuclear Abolition Pledge

On August 6, 2007, on the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Soka Gakkai members hosted a memorial service at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall in solemn remembrance of victims of the atomic bombing and all those who lost their lives in war. Atomic bomb survivors, their families ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2007

SGI Youth in Hong Kong and Macau Participate in Summer Activities

On August 4 and 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong student division members attended a summer training course at the SGI-Hong Kong Grand Culture Center. Participants studied Buddhist concepts of "good and evil" and the life condition of Asura, or "anger," as well as the role of the United Nations in contemporary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 5 2007

Hiroshima Women's Peace Committee Sponsors A-Bomb Experience Rally

Soka Gakkai members in Hiroshima have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to creating a network of peace and communicating "the heart of Hiroshima." On August 5, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Women's Peace Committee sponsored a hibakusha experience rally at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. Ayako Kozuka, an A-bomb survivor, shared ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 4 2007

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 4, 2007, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference (YPC) representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual joint peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Hall. The event opened with prayers for all victims of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of the Pacific War, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-USA's New Territories Hold Kickoff Meetings

Following SGI-USA's implementation in June 2007 of a new organizational structure consisting of three large geographical territories that will provide more direct support for its many volunteer leaders, SGI-USA members have been convening to celebrate the new start in their respective territories--East, Central and West. On July 1, 2007, the East ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-Philippines Celebrates Young Men's Division Day

During July, the SGI-Philippines Young Men's Division (YMD) held meetings throughout the country to commemorate the YMD's establishment on July 11, 1952. In a congratulatory message sent for the occasion, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stressed how important it was to be courageous to lead a victorious life and contribute to ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 29 2007

SGI Latin American Youth Commemorate Anniversaries

In the Dominican Republic, 500 young women, half of whom were guests, commemorated the YWD anniversary at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center on July 22. Following a skit and a fife-and-drum corps performance, YWD Leader Noriko Tamate encouraged everyone to support one another and strive based on the humanistic ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2007

Psychologist Gives Talk on Positive Parenting at Malaysia Soka Kindergarten

On July 29, 2007, Tadika Seri Soka, the Soka kindergarten in Cheras, Selangor State, Malaysia, invited Dr. Alvin Ng, a lecturer in the Health Psychology Unit of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, to give a talk on "Positive Parenting and Managing Behavior in Children" to an audience of over 100 parents whose ... read more