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Sustainable Development | Apr 23 2006

SGI-Italy Sponsors "Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Rivoli, Turin Province, Italy

On April 1 through 9, SGI-Italy hosted "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living, in Rivoli City, Turin Province, a satellite city in northern Italy. Rivoli Mayor Prof. Guido Tallone and Mario Rotella ... read more

Culture | Apr 17 2006

Min-On Concert Association's International Exchanges Grow to 93 Countries

During June and July 2006, the folklore ensemble Radzimichy of Belarus will tour 15 cities in Japan at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. Belarus marks the 93rd country with which Min-On has had Cultural Activitiess. The ensemble, named after an ancient tribe that inhabited regions of Belarus, had ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2006

SGI-Iceland Becomes a Headquarters

SGI-Iceland recently formed a headquarters with two chapters. The organization held a kick off on April 2 in Reykjavik, the nation's capital. Newly appointed leaders, including Headquarters Chief Eyglo Jonsdottir, gave resolutions. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Executive Advisor Shoichi Hasegawa spoke. [Situated next to the North Pole, Iceland is ... read more

Human Rights | Apr 15 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth's Human Rights Exhibition Opens in Kita Kyushu City

The "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" opened at the West Japan General Exhibition Center in Kita Kyushu City, on April 14. The Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the UN Information Center are among the supporters. The exhibition, which appeals for human ... read more

Education | Apr 15 2006

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Pays Tribute to Four Educators at 2006 AERA Symposium

On April 10, the Boston Research Center (BRC) hosted an international symposium entitled "Four Enduring Philosophies of Education and the Challenges Facing Teachers Today" during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the foremost international organization for advancing educational research. This year's gathering, which attracted researchers from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 14 2006

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Buddhist Seminar

On April 3-4, SGI-Bolivia held a Buddhist seminar at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz, in collaboration with Nur University, Bolivia. Since July 2003, SGI Bolivia has hosted lectures and seminars on Buddhism, at the request of Professor Juan Martinéz of Nur University, a former Bolivian education minister. This ... read more

Culture | Apr 14 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on Global Citizenship

On April 13, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its third lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Assistant Professor Akira Mizuguchi of Keiai University, Chiba Prefecture, spoke on "Global Citizens: Dialogue with the Islamic Civilization (tentative translation)." Mr. Mizuguchi stressed that now ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2006

SGI-Cameroon Youth Start Afresh

On April 4, SGI-Cameroon members hosted a youth division general meeting in Kribi, a port city lying on the Gulf of Guinea coast, southern Cameroon. Some 800 members gathered from Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, Douala, Edea and Maroua. Since SGI-Cameroon was officially registered as a non-profit organization advancing culture and education ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 11 2006

SGI Women Around the World Gather--USA, Peru and Italy

During February and March SGI-USA women held their annual women's general meetings with a theme of "Myoho Sisterhood--Continuing to Transform the Impossible into the Possible" at 4,200 venues throughout the United States. Some 50,000 women, including guests and young women's division members, held gatherings infused with cheerful discussions. Crystal Springs District, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 11 2006

SGI-Paraguay Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibition

On March 25, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, opened for the first time in Paraguay at the Asuncion Agency of Tourism building. Guests from various sectors of society attended, including ... read more

Culture | Apr 11 2006

Chinese Friendship Delegation Visits Soka Gakkai's Okinawa Training Center

On April 10, a delegation from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, led by President Chen Haosu, visited Soka Gakkai's Okinawa Training Center and were welcomed by local members. There, the Chinese delegates toured the Okinawa World Peace Monument, which was built upon the site of a ... read more

Education | Apr 9 2006

New Zealand's Raukawa Trust Commends Soka Schools Founder Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Ikeda for Contributions to Peace and Education

The Raukawa Trust Board, New Zealand, commended Soka Schools founder Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda for their outstanding contributions to peace and education and presented them with honorific Maori titles "Kaumatua o Raukawa" (Maori Raukawa Great Wise Man) and "Kuia o Raukawa" (Maori Raukawa Great Wise Woman), together with ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 8 2006

SGI-Brazil's Orchestra Helps Celebrate Ribeirão Preto City's 150th Anniversary

On March 18, Brazil SGI (BSGI)'s Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism held a peace concert at a theater in Ribeirão Preto City, as part of the city's 150th anniversary celebrations. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2006

SGI Youth in French Guiana Hold Cultural Event

On March 18, some 120 SGI youth and their friends in French Guiana, South America, commemorated March 16 in a suburb of Cayenne. Bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and situated between Brazil and Suriname, French Guiana, of which 90% is a tropical forest, lies in a tropical belt just north ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2006

Chinese Friendship Delegation Visits Soka Gakkai

On April 6, President Chen Haosu of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and his party were warmly welcomed by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda and staff at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Expressing appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's longstanding ... read more