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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

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 25 2005

Hokkaido Soka Gakkai Women and Youth Host Peace Forums

On July 24 in Muroran, Hokkaido, the local Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee sponsored a forum titled, "A Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children" at the Muroran Culture Center. Shizuko Saito, 75, is a survivor of the simultaneous bombardment by multiple U.S. battleships on Muroran, Japan's steel industry ... read more

Culture | Jul 23 2005

"Choose Life--Arnold Toynbee and Daisaku Ikeda" Exhibition Opens in Hiroshima

On July 22, "Choose Life--Arnold Toynbee and Daisaku Ikeda," an exhibition showcasing the dialogues between the late renowned British historian Dr. Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, opened at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Some 200 guests attended the show's opening, which commemorates ... read more

Press Releases | Jul 21 2005

Soka Gakkai Peace Activities to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of End of World War II

Tokyo, Japan: A series of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and boost popular awareness of peace issues is being organized by the Soka Gakkai around Japan. The need for such initiatives is highlighted by a survey undertaken earlier this year by the Soka ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 21 2005

Singapore Soka Association Youth Hosts "Peace@BluePlanet: Passion of Youth"

From July 2 through 17, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored "Youth Peace Culture Festival (YCF) 2005, held by area. Since 1980, SSA has held a youth-sponsored cultural show every five years, where youth are able to give full play to their inner potential and creativity. This year's theme was "Peace@BluePlanet: ... read more

Culture | Jul 20 2005

Min-On to Sponsor Japan Tour of Icelandic Music in November 2005

On July 19, Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir visited the Min-On Culture Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, and received a warm welcome from Min-On Concert Association (Min-On) President Hiroyasu Kobayashi. Beginning in November 2005, Min-On will sponsor an Icelandic music tour in Japan. Iceland, the ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 10 2005

SGI-Europe Youth Representatives Gather for General Meeting in France; UNHCR Commends SGI President

Some 1,000 SGI youth from 29 European countries gathered for a general meeting on July 6, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The gathering commemorated the SGI's 30th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the SGI European Center. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 10 2005

SGI-Europe Youth Representatives Gather for General Meeting in France; UNHCR Commends SGI President

Some 1,000 SGI youth from 29 European countries gathered for a general meeting on July 6, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The gathering commemorated the SGI's 30th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the SGI European Center. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 8 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders' Meeting for July 2005

On July 7, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting, in conjunction with the fifth Kansai General Meeting and the third Kansai Youth Division General Meeting, at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji City, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Akiya, other executive leaders, youth leaders, and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2005

SGI Members in Mauritius Start Afresh

On June 28, in the island country of Mauritius located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, SGI-Mauritius members gathered for their chapter meeting in a suburb of Port Louis, the country's capital. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message and SGI-Africa Chief Tadashi Minai and SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi ... read more

Culture | Jul 7 2005

Selangor State, Malaysia, Commends Soka Gakkai Malaysia for Cultural Contributions

The State Government of Selangor, Malaysia, recently commended SGI-Malaysia (SGM) in recognition of its contributions to the arts and culture. The conferral took place on July 4 at the State Youth Culture Center in Shah Alam, capital of Selangor. SGM Vice General Director and Selangor Area Chief Ng Teck Sim ... read more