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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

Culture | Aug 31 2006

Min-On Sponsors Free School Concert for Students in Hokkaido

On August 30, the Min-On Concert Association sponsored a free concert--a duet by renowned flutist Yoko Owada and pianist Kenji Koshizuka at the Oasa Junior High School in Ebetsu City, Hokkaido. The pair performed timeless classics such as Claude Achille Debussy's (1862-1918) "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" and Antonin ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 30 2006

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

Tokyo, Japan: SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met today with UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury. Following discussions on development and peace issues, Mr. Ikeda presented Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury with a proposal entitled "Fulfilling the Mission: Empowering ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 29 2006

SGI-Macau Youth and SGI-Hong Kong Boys and Girls Meet, Respectively

On August 19, SGI-Macau youth met at the Macau Culture Center for a youth division general meeting titled, "Challenging Ourselves to Make the Impossible Possible, Let's Create the Era of Macau Peace with Our Hands." The participants enjoyed a small culture show comprising choruses, instrumentals and drama. Youth leaders called ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2006

"Treasures of Japanese Art Exhibition" Opens in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil

On August 24, the "Treasures of Japanese Art Exhibition," a display from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum's (TFAM) private collection, opened at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil. Paraná Governor Roberto Requião and State Secretary of Culture Vera Maria Haj Mussi Augusto were among the 300 guests ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2006

SGI-UK Young Women Meet for Summer Course

On August 12-13, SGI-UK young women gathered for their second SGI-UK Young Women's Division Summer Course at University of Warwick, located in England's mid-section. Members from Scotland and Ireland also participated. On the 12th, the group discussed fostering young women in primary grades through young teens, conducting successful local-level activities ... read more

Education | Aug 26 2006

Mainichi Newspapers to Release Dialogue Among SGI President and Thoreau Scholars

The Mainichi Newspapers publishing company will soon release Utsukushiki seimei--chikyu to ikiru ("Renaissance of Life, Light of Poetic Heart"-working English title), a dialogue among SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Thoreau Society's former President Ronald A. Bosco and former Board of Directors Secretary Joel Myerson. The three explore the lofty spirituality ... read more

Education | Aug 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Gifu Women's Ensemble and Chorus Participate in UNESCO Literacy Campaign

On August 23 and 24, the Gifu Soka Gakkai women's ensemble and chorus performed at the UNESCO Terakoya Movement Kururinpa Exhibition at Heartful Square in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The event aimed at spreading awareness of UNESCO's Worldwide Terakoya Movement, a project that supports children worldwide who are unable to ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 25 2006

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan Awarded Soka University's Honorary Doctorate

On August 24, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan received an honorary doctorate from Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. The Jordanian prince was recognized for his longstanding contributions to intercultural understanding through dialogues and to the worldwide flourishing of academic scholarship and ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 24 2006

SGI-USA Youth in New York, New York, Hold Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary of SGI President's Poem to America's Youth; New York State Awards Honorary Citizenships to SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

Young men's gymnastic display Enjoying the performance at New York's Lincoln Center On July 16, the SGI-USA youth of Northeast Zone sponsored a music festival in New York City, New York, USA, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends--Youthful Bodhisattvas of ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 24 2006

Day of Dialogue on Combatting Violence in Los Angeles, California

The SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, was host to a Days of Dialogue symposium titled "Confronting Violent Crimes: Our Communities' Continuing Challenge" on August 24, 2006. Over 150 people, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, leaders of various religious ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 18 2006

Youth Present Victory Over Violence Workshop at UN Headquarters

From August 16 to 18, 2006, ten SGI-USA youth members attended the third Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, which brought together 400 young people from around the world to listen to speakers such as Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Gillian Sorensen, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

SGI-Denmark Commemorates "Hiroshima Day 2006" with Vow to Promote Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

On August 6, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, SGI-Denmark, together with Pugwash Denmark, the Danish Peace Academy and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Denmark, sponsored an antinuclear peace rally titled "Hiroshima Day 2006." Some 210 activists and experts, together ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth Remember Victims of War

In commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the end of World War II, for the 34th consecutive year, the Soka Gakkai held special prayer meetings in several locations in Tokyo and throughout Japan for the repose of all victims of all wars and violent conflict. 300 youth representatives and surviving ... read more