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Humanitarian Activities | Jan 30 2007

Recently Appointed Japan UNHCR Representative Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On January 30, 2007, Saburo Takizawa, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Japan, met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Mr. Takizawa began his post as representative of the UNHCR's Tokyo Office one week earlier. He is the ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 30 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Engages in Relief Activities Following Massive Floods

In late December 2006, southwestern Malaysia experienced disastrous flooding, the worst in one hundred years. Not only low-lying regions but many towns and cities were affected, including Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Kulai and Muar. Floodwaters reached one-and-a-half to three meters and most areas were closed to traffic. Ten days after the ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 29 2007

SGI President Calls for Nuclear Disarmament, New Peace Efforts in Asia

Tokyo, Japan: In response to the accelerating threat of nuclear weapons proliferation, Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda has called for renewed efforts for disarmament. In his annual Peace Proposal, issued on January 26, the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) urges a new global movement for nuclear disarmament and abolition ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 28 2007

Study Sessions on Nichiren's Writings Held in North and Latin America

During January 2007, study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism were held in the USA and Brazil. From January 19 to 22, the SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC) near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hosted a conference for some 200 SGI representatives from the USA, Canada and several countries in Latin America. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 28 2007

SGI-Switzerland Kicks Off 2007

On January 28, 2007, SGI-Switzerland held its first "New Era" gathering in the scenic city of Lucerne with some 150 representatives from across the country. Representatives from four SGI-Switzerland chapters shared experiences of applying the practice of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives as well as their goals for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2007

SGI-New Zealand Youth Attend "Victory Over Violence" Facilitators Training Course

Victory Over Violence Aotearoa (VOV Aotearoa) is a youth-driven initiative to help young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives and their communities with a broader purpose of creating sustainable non-violent cultures within schools and the wider community. "Aotearoa" is the Maori name for ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2007

SGI-Nepal Holds 7th Future Division General Meeting for Boys and Girls

On January 27, 2007, SGI-Nepal held its seventh general meeting for its boys and girls group or the Future Division at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Two participants reported on their efforts to put their studies first and succeed in their schoolwork. Jolly Prahan, Future Division leader, ... read more

Education | Jan 27 2007

National Geographic Channel Airs Animated Adaptation of SGI President Ikeda's Children's Books Across South Asia

On January 27, 2007, the first installment of an animated series based on original children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was aired on the National Geographic Channel in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Beginning with "Winds of Victory," 14 stories including The Princess of ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 27 2007

Singapore Soka Association Youth Join Interfaith Youth Forum

Over a period of three months beginning November 2006, 26 young people from various religious faiths paid courtesy calls on different religious organizations, held workshops and engaged in frank discussions on interfaith matters as part of Singapore Interfaith Youth Forum (SIFY) 2007. The project was initiated by the National Youth ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2007

SGI-Brazil Youth Engage in Dialogues with "One Million Amigos-Amigas"; Youth Groups Meet

During January 2007, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) youth groups held rallies in several locations to celebrate anniversaries and kick off the new year. Two years before in 2005, the youth had launched their "One Million Amigos-Amigas Campaign," an effort to spread understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and the BSGI in their local communities ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2007

SGI Korea Commemorates SGI Day; Children's Choir Welcomes New Members

On January 26, 2007, 1,400 SGI-Korea members of the Seoul metropolitan area met to commemorate the SGI's 32nd anniversary. With the January 1, 2007 appointment of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, the SGI-Korea members reaffirmed their commitment to creating lasting ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 25 2007

Singapore Interfaith Lecture at Islamic Center

On January 25, 2007, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) representatives, Vice General Director Chan Heng Yuen and Peace Study Committee member Lim Jih Yang, were invited to attend a lecture organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). Held at the MUIS Harmony Centre, the event was attended by ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 24 2007

Formia, Italy, Hosts "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential" Exhibition

From January 18-24, 2007, the "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, was held in Formia, an Italian city in Latina Province, located halfway between Rome and Naples along the Mediterranean coast. A noted seaside resort for the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

Women of SGI-Portugal Hold 4th General Meeting

On January 21, 2007, some 100 women from throughout the country gathered in Lisbon, the capital, for SGI-Portugal's 4th women's general meeting. The event featured eight women who gave personal accounts of surmounting problems and challenging their goals through the practical application of Nichiren Buddhism. Mayumi Yamaki shared her joy ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

Buddhist Learning Courses Held in Frankfurt and Bingen, Germany

On January 20 and 21, 2007 SGI-Germany held concurrent Buddhist study courses, in German and in Japanese, for a total of 300 participants at its Frankfurt Culture Center and at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen. Sakae Takahashi, SGI-Europe Study Department head, Yoshiharu Matsuno, an SGI-Germany leader, and others ... read more