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Peace and Disarmament | Aug 12 2005

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai and Times Foundation Cosponsor Peace Symposium Pointing to Dialogue as the Way to Lasting Peace

On August 4, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) and the Times Foundation of the Times Group, India's largest professional media group, cosponsored a peace symposium based on "Toward a New Era of Dialogue: Humanism Explored," the 2005 peace proposal SGI President Daisaku Ikeda submitted to the United ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 11 2005

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Hosts Youth Music Festival for Peace

On August 7, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) celebrated their nation's 60th Independence Day (Aug. 17) with the "Youth Concert for Peace: Hug the World with Music" at an exhibition hall of Jakarta Fair in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital. The show was a collaborative effort with the Indonesian National Youth Committee (KNPI). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 10 2005

Nagasaki Soka Gakkai Pays Solemn Tribute to Atomic Bomb Victims and War Dead on 60th Anniversary of the Dropping of the A-Bomb

On August 9, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the second atomic bomb, Nagasaki Soka Gakkai held a special memorial service in solemn tribute to victims of the atomic bomb and all wars throughout the world, at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center in Nagasaki City. Atomic bomb victim ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2005

Nagasaki Soka Gakkai Youth Hosts Peace Forum

On August 7, Nagasaki Soka Gakkai youth hosted a peace forum at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center in Nagasaki City. Nagasaki Soka Gakkai advisor Tsugiya Umebayashi, an atomic bomb survivor, spoke about his own war experience and asked youth to continue to work to abolish nuclear weapons. The Nagasaki ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 7 2005

Hiroshima Soka Gakkai Pays Solemn Tribute to Atomic Bomb Victims and War Dead on 60th Anniversary of the Dropping of the A-Bomb

August 6, 2005 Hiroshima commemorated the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. On this day, Hiroshima Soka Gakkai held a special memorial service in solemn tribute to victims of the atomic bomb and all wars throughout the world, at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. With ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2005

SGI-Cambodia Establishes Young Men's and Young Women's Divisions

In July, SGI-Cambodia established young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). Since SGI-Cambodia was officially recognized as a religious corporation in June 2000, SGI-Cambodia members have developed friendship in their communities based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. On July 17 and 24, some 80 young men ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2005

Soka Gakkai Representatives Visit Former Mongolian President

On August 3, an Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Soka Gakkai International Affairs Director Kenji Yoshigo, visited former Mongolian President Natsagiin Bagabandi at the government office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mr. Yoshigo conveyed a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda to Mr. Bagabandi. Mr. Bagabandi congratulated Mr. Ikeda for receiving the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Women Peace Conference

On July 30-31, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted SGM Women Peace Conference at the SGM Culture Center in Selangor State, Malaysia. Some 1,200 women from eight countries and regions--Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, attended, representing scholars, local NGOs and the SGI. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda ... read more

Education | Aug 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates Books to Library in Mongolia

On July 31, Soka Gakkai donated books to a library in the Baganuur District Culture Center in Baganuur District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Baganuur District, located 130 km east of central Ulaanbaatar, is the birthplace of D. Natsagdorjiin, Mongolia's father of modern literature. Soka Gakkai Office of International Affairs Director Kenji Yoshigo ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 1 2005

Hiroshima Soka Gakkai Students and Women Hold Peace Events; Women Peace Plaza Held in Hyogo

On July 31, 2005, Hiroshima Soka Gakkai Student Division hosted a students' peace rally in Hiroshima City. International students from China, Korea, Thailand, Australia and Iran, who are currently studying in Hiroshima, attended together with local Japanese students. Guests included Minoru Tamaki, executive director of the Japan-Korea Friendship Association of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2005

Youth World Peace Music Festival Held in Hiroshima to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of End of World War II

Hiroshima youth music fest appeals for a world at peace Drummers of the Maidaiko Asuka Gumi express Hiroshima's anger towards war and passion for creating lasting peace In the evening of July 30, some 20,000 youth gathered for a Youth World Peace Music Festival at Hiroshima Central Park, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2005

Soka Gakkai Women Host Peace Forums in Kanagawa, Shiga and Wakayama Prefectures, Respectively

On July 30, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee sponsored "A Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children" at the Soka Gakkai Kanagawa Culture Center in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The event aimed to provide young people with an opportunity to hear directly from speakers affected by war. Two ... read more

Culture | Jul 31 2005

Youth World Peace Music Festival Held in Hiroshima to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of End of World War II

Hiroshima youth music fest appeals for a world at peace Drummers of the Maidaiko Asuka Gumi express Hiroshima's anger towards war and passion for creating lasting peace In the evening of July 30, some 20,000 youth gathered for a Youth World Peace Music Festival at Hiroshima Central Park, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 28 2005

Peace Step Compiled by Soka Gakkai Young Women's Peace and Culture Conference Available Soon

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Daisanbunmei Publishers will publish Peace Step, a book compiled by Soka Gakkai Young Women's Peace and Culture Conference (YWPCC) aiming to raise public awareness of peace issues, especially among young generations. The first section, "Peace Image," highlights of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 26 2005

Pugwash Conferences President Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Lectures in Hiroshima

On July 25, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, pioneering agronomist of India's "Green Revolution" and current president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, spoke on "The Status of Human Security: 60 Years after the Atomic Bombs" at the Soka Gakkai Ikeda Peace Center in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Prof. ... read more