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Press Releases | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai International Expresses Condolences on Passing of Pope John Paul II

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II: "The passing of Pope John Paul II is an occasion of great sadness for all who have admired and been inspired by his profound commitment to peace. In a world torn ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture by Former President of Cheju National University

On April 3, Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Division hosted its 112th lecture at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The speaker was Dr. Cho Moon-Boo, former president of Cheju National University, South Korea, who continues to urge the strengthening of Korea-Japan relations. Referring to the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Hokkaido Hold Agricultural Renaissance Rally

On April 3, Soka Gakkai members engaged in farming in Hokkaido held a Hokkaido Agriculture Renaissance Rally at the Soka Gakkai Furano Culture Center in Furano City. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda urged each farmer to create happiness in his or her own life life, which will reflect ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 4 2005

SGI Issues Statement Regarding Death of Pope John Paul II

On April 4, SGI issued a statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II. The statement describes his passing "an occasion of great sadness" and says that "in a world torn by violence and mistrust, his courageous endeavors to promote dialogue, tirelessly reaching out to people of different faith ... read more

Culture | Apr 4 2005

All-China Youth Federation Delegates Meet with Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa

On April 3, a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), led by Zhang Xuejun, vice chair of the Children's Work Committee, traveled to Hiroshima City, which is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing (August 6, 1945). The ACYF delegates and Japanese Soka Gakkai youth representatives placed flowers ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Study Examination; SGI-Philippines Studies Nichiren's "Orally Transmitted Teachings"

On March 27, Soka Gakkai Malaysia held a study examination at centers throughout the country. Every year, the number of examinees has increased steadily. This year, some 1,300 members challenged the exam, which covered the following of Nichiren's writings studied during the past year: "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Miyazaki Hold Renaissance Rally

Miyazaki Soka Gakkai members engaged in agriculture held a renaissance rally titled "The Blessings of the Land--Brilliance of Life," on April 2 at the Miyazaki Civic Hall. Some 1,800 farmers attended. Sharing their farming testimonials were: Takashi and Kozue Kuroki, cucumber growers of Ayacho; Machiko Fukuoka of Kawanamicho, challenging to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 1 2005

Soka Women Throughout the World Take Action for Peace in Society

Brazil: On March 13, the Rio di Janeiro "Young Mrs." Group met at the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in São Paulo. Rosa Maria Marquez, group in charge, shared her resolve. A women's division leader encouraged the participants to unite with the spirit of "many in body, one in mind" and together ... read more

Culture | Apr 1 2005

Chinese Youth Delegates Receive Warm Welcome at Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On March 31, Chinese youth delegation members of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division, received a warm welcome from President Einosuke Akiya and youth representatives at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The ACYF representatives, led by ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2005

SGI-Thailand Commemorates SGI's 30th Anniversary with Youth Music Festival

On March 26 and 27, SGI-Thailand celebrated the SGI's 30th anniversary with a Youth Peace and Culture Festival at a stadium on the Thammasat University campus in a Bangkok suburb. Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrative Office Ms. Ying Nathanon Thavisin and other guests from various sectors of Thai ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2005

SGI-Thailand Commemorates SGI's 30th Anniversary with Youth Music Festival

On March 26 and 27, SGI-Thailand celebrated the SGI's 30th anniversary with a Youth Peace and Culture Festival at a stadium on the Thammasat University campus in a Bangkok suburb. Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrative Office Ms. Ying Nathanon Thavisin and other guests from various sectors of Thai ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2005

Dr. Karel Dobbelaere, Former International Society for the Sociology of Religions President, Speaks on "Soka Gakkai in a Globalized World"

On March 29, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a special lecture by Dr. Karel Dobbelaere, former president of the International Society for the Sociology of Religions, at the Nihon Seine Kaikan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. In a lecture titled "Soka Gakkai in a Globalized World," Dr. Dobbelaere spoke ... read more

Culture | Mar 30 2005

Korean Musical Gambler Launches Japan Tour

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of normalization of Korean-Japan relations in 2005, the Min-On Concert Association invited the Seensee Musical Company, South Korea's largest musical production company, to bring its hit musical Gambler--The Golden Key to Japan for a two month engagement. During May and June, the company will perform in ... read more

Culture | Mar 29 2005

All-China Youth Federation Delegates Arrive in Japan

On March 28, a Chinese youth delegation, comprising members of the All-China Youth Federation, arrived in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division. The group visited the Kansai Culture Center in Tennoji-ku, Osaka City, and received a warm welcome from local leaders and youth. The Kansai Boys ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 28 2005

SGI-Taiwan to Commence Construction of New Headquarters Building in Summer 2005

SGI-Taiwan recently announced plans for a new headquarters building, to be built behind the current Taiwan Soka Association building on Zhi Shan Rd. in Shihlin District, Taipei, targeted for completion in 2007. Construction will commence in July 2005. The new center will have six stories above ground and three basement ... read more