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Human Rights | Oct 13 2005

Soka Gakkai President Meets United Nations Children's Rights Committee Chair

On October 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya met with Professor Jacob E. Doek, chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CRC, a committee of international experts in the field of human rights, was ... read more

Education | Oct 13 2005

Diadema Regional Education Board, Brazil, Recognizes SGI's Educational Contributions

Diadema Regional Education Board, Diadema City, São Paulo State, Brazil, supervises the curricula and programs of the city's public elementary through high schools. In Diadema, five out of 67 public schools have been implementing the Makiguchi Education Project, developed by the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Division, based on the ideas of ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2005

BRC Sponsors "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters" to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass

On October 1, 2005 the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) sponsored "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters," the second annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, at its center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Commemorating the 150th anniversary this year of Whitman's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, scholars and poets ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2005

SGI-Thailand Youth Hold Southeast Asia Exchange; SGI-USA Youth Hold General Meeting in Los Angeles, California

SGI Southeast Asia youth held a friendship exchange session in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 23-25, 2005. The event followed exchanges between Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and SGI-Thailand in November 2004 and May 2005, and aimed to unite the SGI youth of the Southeast Asian countries. At the recent event, youth ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 4 2005

Second SGI-Oceania Conference Held in New Zealand

On September 25, some 800 SGI members from 17 countries and regions in Oceania gathered for the Second SGI-Oceania Conference at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland, New Zealand, commemorating the SGI's 30th anniversary. SGI-Oceania's membership has grown twofold in the past five years. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2005

China's Tianjin Song and Dance Theater Tours Japan; Min-On Founder Appointed Honorary Director

The Tianjin Song and Dance Theater, a leading musical dance troupe in China, is now touring Japan, at the invitation of Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Founded in 1953, the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater has contributed to develop China's performing arts and deepen friendships with people across the world through ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2005

IOP Cohosts Symposium on Nonviolence and Peace in Tokyo

On September 24, an Indo-Japan collaborative symposium, titled "Toward Creating an Age of Nonviolence and Peace: Gandhism and the SGI (tentative translation)" took place at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan and the National Committee of Dr. G. Ramachandran's Centennial ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 24 2005

Dr. N. Radhakrishnan Lectures on Significance of SGI President's Peace Proposals

On September 23, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy sponsored a lecture by Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, director of the G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence in India on "Significance of SGI President's Peace Proposals to Contemporary Society" at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. Radhakrishnan, an internationally renowned Gandhian scholar ... read more

Culture | Sep 23 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in 48th National Day Celebration

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) participated in Malaysia's 48th National Day (August 31) celebrations in 11 states, including Kuala Lumpur. SGM has supported independence day festivities since 1985, when the Malaysian government first approached SGM with a request for support. On August 31, 100 SGM Student Division members put on a ... read more

Education | Sep 20 2005

Soka Gakkai Educators in Hokkaido Exchange Reports on Applying Humanistic Education

On September 18, Soka Gakkai educators of Hokkaido gathered for the 19th Hokkaido "Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" at the Iwamizawa Community Center in Iwamizawa City, to report on their efforts to practice humanistic education in the classroom. Some 1,200 educators and guests attended. In a message, SGI ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 15 2005

SGI-USA Donates Money for Hurricane Relief, Starts Toy Collection Drive

In response to the heavy losses caused by Hurricane Katrina when it hit the southern part of the US on August 29, SGI-USA has entrusted US$10,000 to the Red Cross for use in emergency relief operations to support victims of Hurricane Katrina. SGI-USA youth have has also launched a toy collection ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 10 2005

SGI-USA Musicians Perform for Evacuees

SGI-USA volunteers have continued to engage in relief activities following Hurricane Katrina that hit the coastal regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, causing the most destruction in New Orleans where the levy system collapsed and submerged much of the city under water. On September 9, International Committee of Artists for ... read more

Education | Sep 9 2005

Kyochikuto no natsu, Produced by Shinano Films, Recognized by Japanese Ministry of Education

Kyochikuto no natsu (Oleander Summer), produced by Shinano Art and Culture Consultant Co. Ltd. to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, received a "Special Selection" rating from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a film for children, youth, adults and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2005

September 8 Marks 48th Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons"

Today, September 8, is the 48th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" made at the Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. In the declaration, Mr. Toda earnestly called on youth to take on the mission of promulgating the abolition of ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 6 2005

Response to Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing unparalleled destruction and losses to the areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Thousands lost their lives and many more were forced to evacuate. New Orleans is particularly affected, with much of the city still ... read more