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Culture | Jul 23 2006

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visit Shanghai City Hall

On July 21, Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa, together with representatives of the Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation, visited the Shanghai City Hall and met with Vice Mayor Yang Xiaodu. Mr. Yang called SGI President Daisaku Ikeda China's "old friend" and said there was much to learn from ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

SGI Young Women Commemorate 55th Anniversary During Summer Youth Training Session in Japan

On July 19, the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's Division (YWD), worldwide SGI young women representatives attended the first SGI Young Women's Division Leaders' Meeting at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Following words by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada, SGI-Zambia Young Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

Broward County, Florida, USA, Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of the Florida Nature and Culture Center; Honors SGI President and His Wife Kaneko Ikeda

The Board of Commissioners in Broward County, Florida, USA, recently proclaimed June 19 as "Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Day" in commemoration of the Florida Nature and Culture Center's (FNCC) tenth anniversary. County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin entrusted the citation to SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Kimberly Hermann and a delegation of young ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2006

Two Official Websites Related to Daisaku Ikeda Now Available

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) launched two official websites related to President Daisaku Ikeda in July:. Daisaku Ikeda Library - www.ikedabooks.org The first site, "Daisaku Ikeda Library," showcases Mr. Ikeda's published works. Mr. Ikeda is a prolific writer. The scope of his works ranges from novels, discourse on Buddhism and life, poetry, and ... read more

Education | Jul 12 2006

Fongbin Elementary School, Taiwan, Hosts SGI-Taiwan Students' Soka Joy Summer Camp

On July 2 and 3, Fongbin Elementary School hosted the Soka Joy Summer Camp, an initiative of the SGI-Taiwan student division providing young people in rural areas with opportunities to participate in athletic events, chemistry workshops, dances, and other educational activities. On the final day, Township Magistrate Jhang Jin-de presented ... read more

Education | Jul 9 2006

SGI-Taiwan Sponsors Second Summer Camp at Maolin Elementary School in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan; SGI President Honored

At the beginning of July, SGI-Taiwan sponsored a three-day Soka Joy Summer Camp at the Maolin Elementary School in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan. This was the second year for the camp that had its beginnings in July 2005, in the wake of Typhoon Haitang that severely damaged the school. SGI-Taiwan students ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Reelects President Einosuke Akiya

Einosuke Akiya (75) has been reelected as Soka Gakkai president for another five-year term, starting July 18, 2006. The Presidential Selection Committee headed by Ryozo Nishiguchi, chairman of the Executive Council, met July 6 at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in accordance with the organization's regulations. The committee ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 7 2006

Hiroshima Youth Sponsor Lecture on "The Path to Abolition of Nuclear Weapons"

On July 6, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima sponsored a lecture titled "Hiroshima Speaks--The Path to Abolition of Nuclear Weapons," by Tadaomi Saito, chair of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. Mr. Saito stressed that when talking about nuclear weapons, the focus should be on the human toll and suffering they ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 5 2006

Toda Peace Institute and Simon Fraser University Cosponsor HUGG II International Conference in Vancouver, Canada

From June 25-27, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, sponsored "Alliance of Civilizations for Global Peace: Human Security, Regional Conflict and Global Governance," a HUGG II International Conference, in Vancouver, Canada. Some 50 scholars hailing from 23 countries gathered to ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2006

Singapore Soka Association Youth and Women Sponsor Lectures by Dr. N. Radhakrishnan

On June 10, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth sponsored their sixth peace lecture at the SSA headquarters, inviting renowned Gandhian scholar Dr. N. Radhakrishnan as guest lecturer. Dr. Radhakrishnan is chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, director of the G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence in India and former ... read more

Education | Jun 29 2006

Student Group at Teachers College, Columbia University, Hosts Symposium on the Humanistic Educational Theories of John Dewey and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

On June 16, Buddhism for Global Peace, a student group at Columbia University, in collaboration with the SGI-USA Education Division, sponsored a symposium on "Humanistic Education: Theory into Practice--John Dewey and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The event commemorated the tenth anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's speech at Teachers College, "Thoughts on Education ... read more

Culture | Jun 28 2006

Authority on Napoleonic History Lectures at Victor Hugo House of Literature

On June 18, SGI-France hosted a lecture by Bernard Petit, former president of the Association du Souvenir Napoléonien and authority on Napoleonic history, at the Victor Hugo House of Literature in Bièvres, a suburb of Paris, France. Dr. Petit spoke on Victor Hugo and Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III), whose lives ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 27 2006

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Creates DVD of Women's War Testimonies

Commemorating the Women's Division's 55th anniversary, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee created a DVD entitled "For the Sake of Peace: Women's War Testimonies" (tentative translation). Last summer, which marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Soka Gakkai women members across Japan interviewed some 180 women ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 26 2006

Chubu Youth Division Hosts Lecture on Television Programming and Human Rights

On June 25, the Chubu youth division sponsored a peace lecture by Keinosuke Ohki, professor of Cultural Information at Sugiyama Jogakuen University, at the Soka Gakkai Chubu Peace Center, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Mr. Ohki, who has served as director of the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute and councilor of ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 23 2006

International Politics Scholar Speaks at Soka Gakkai Youth Lecture Series

On June 22, Kinhide Mushakoji, an international politics scholar and director of the Center for Asia Pacific Partnership at the Osaka University of Economics and Law, was the guest speaker at the second Youth Lecture Series sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference. Professor Mushakoji stated that at the ... read more