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Culture | Sep 12 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans, Louisiana, "Come Together" for Music Festival One Year After Hurricane Katrina

One year has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in southern United States and destroyed huge areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Amidst the arduous road to revitalization and restoration that still continues today, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a music festival titled ... read more

Education | Sep 10 2006

DVD of Tagalog Version of "Happy Tales," Collection of SGI President Ikeda's Children's Stories, Released in the Philippines

A poster announcing the TV program schedule for airing of "Happy Tales" in July 2004 A DVD of 12 animated adaptations of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's children's books, translated into Tagalog, was recently completed in the Philippines. A series of 11 of the stories, titled "Happy Tales," aired on GMA TV ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2006

SGI-Europe Holds Summer Study Session in Trets

SGI-Europe held a summer study session August 19-24 at the European Center in Trets, southern France. Together with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, 172 members from 27 countries studied "The Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture. Nichiren's treatise brings to light ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2006

Hope for Interfaith Initiative Linking Governments, UN Agencies and NGOs

New York, U.S.A.: At a packed workshop on inter-religious dialogue and cooperation at the UN Headquarters, Mr. Leslie Gatan, Minister of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN, described how the level of support for interfaith efforts aimed at building peace has dramatically increased since 9/11. The September 6 ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Women's Peace Conference

On August 27, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) sponsored its First Women's Peace Conference at the Jakarta center. The aim of the conference, titled "The World Is Yours to Change," was to promulgate "cultures of peace" in local communities and society at large through the solidarity of women. Since the establishment ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 6 2006

World-Renowned Alpinist Ken Noguchi Speaks on Environmental Preservation

On September 5, the Seikyo Press sponsored a lecture by world-renowned alpinist Ken Noguchi, who spoke on "Transforming Japan Beginning with Mt. Fuji." Mr. Noguchi asserted that the environment asks of humans what kind of society they wish to build. He introduced the specialized environmental expeditions he sponsors, such as ... read more

Education | Sep 6 2006

Kinokuniya Publishes DVD in English, Chinese and Spanish on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released a three-language version--English, Chinese and Spanish--of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children, a 43-minute DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is a special edition of Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni, the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual ... read more

Culture | Sep 4 2006

Argentina's National Tango Academy Honors Min-On Founder

La Academia Nacional del Tango (LANT) (The National Tango Academy) of Argentina recently honored Min-On Concert Association founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda by naming him the academy's first honorary ambassador. The conferral ceremony took place on August 29 at the LANT facility in Buenos Aires. Some 100 SGI-Argentina members ... read more

Culture | Sep 3 2006

China International Cultural Activities Center Delegates Visit Soka Gakkai International Women's Center

On September 2, China International Cultural Activities Center representatives, Vice President Lin Liyun, her husband Peng Tengyun, and directors Wu Qixiang and Xi Jianglin, visited the Soka Gakkai International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Ms. Lin Liyun served as interpreter during a December 1974 meeting between Premier Zhu ... read more

Culture | Sep 3 2006

Napoleon Exhibition Comes to Chiba

On September 2, "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture," an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), opened at Chiba Portside Tower in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. Some 120 guests from various sectors attended. Yasuhide Akada, president of the Chiba Nippo Press Corporation, Ltd., and ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 2 2006

Exhibition Supporting UN's World Program for Human Rights Education Opens in Sendai City

"Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual" opened on September 1 at the Sendai Mediatech in Sendai City, Japan. Soka Gakkai youth created the exhibition in support of the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education. The United Nations Information Center and the Japan UNICEF office are sponsors. "Human Rights ... read more

Culture | Sep 2 2006

Singapore Soka Association Participates in 41st National Day Celebrations

On August 9, 2006, some 1,300 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) representatives participated in Singapore's 41st National Day extravaganza at the National Stadium. Singapore's top government officials, including President S. R. Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, joined 60,000 residents at the main event. Some 1,200 SSA men and young ... read more

Culture | Sep 1 2006

Special Mozart Exhibition to Open at the Min-On Music Museum

Beginning August 15, the Min-On Music Museum will feature a special autumn exhibition titled "A Mozart Journey--Mozart Exhibition from the Collection of Bin Ebisawa." The exhibition, sponsored by the Min-On Music Museum and Japan Mozart Research Institute, commemorates the 250th birth anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). The exhibition presents ... read more

Culture | Sep 1 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on Strengthening Sino-Japan Relations through People's Exchanges

On August 31, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its fourth lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, commemorating Student Division Day. Ryutsu Keizai University Professor Mineo Miyawaki emphasized the importance of "Building Bridges of Sino-Japan Friendship through People's Exchanges." He pointed to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 31 2006

SGI President Meets UN Under-Secretary General, Entrusts UN Proposal

On August 30, 2006, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met with UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Following discussions on development and peace issues, Mr. Ikeda presented ... read more