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Buddhism | Aug 28 2005

Soka Gakkai Music Bands Participate in Local Parades

On August 27, the Soka Gakkai Nagano Fife-and-Drum Corps marched in the "Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto 2005," annual music festival in Nagano Prefecture. On the same day, Soka Renaissance Vanguard Junior participated in a local summer festival in Tachikawa City, Tokyo. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 26 2005

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Commended by Psychologists for Social Responsibility for Promoting Peace and Social Justice

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) presented the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) with its 2005 Distinguished Contribution to Building Cultures of Peace Award for contributing to global awareness and for "cultivating an international sense of community [that] has produced a rich harvest of peace activities and educational ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 22 2005

Holocaust Exhibit Opens in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

On August 21, "The Courage to Remember--Anne Frank and the Holocaust," opened at the International Congress Center in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The show describes the Nazi perpetration of the Holocaust and persecution of the Jewish people during World War II, as well as the life of Anne Frank, the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 21 2005

Morehouse College's "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" Exhibition Opens in Chile

"Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace," an exhibition introducing the peace activism of three 20th century leaders, opened on August 4 at the National Library in Santiago, Chile. Santiago is the first city in Chile to host the exhibition. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., dean of the ... read more

Education | Aug 18 2005

Two Taiwanese Elementary Schools Commend SGI's Educational and Humanitarian Activities

On July 18, Haitang (Taiwan) Typhoon, packing high-velocity winds of up to 184 kph and torrential rains, hit Taiwan. local SGI-Taiwan members, led by SGI-Taiwan Student Division members, were actively involved in relief and clean-up activities, especially at Mao-lin and Duo-na Elementary schools, in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. School buildings were ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 16 2005

Soka Gakkai Youth in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, Sponsor World Peace Memorial Service for War Victims

On August 15, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Soka Gakkai youth sponsored a "World Peace Memorial Service for War Victims" at the Soka Gakkai Arakawa Culture Center in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo. Soka Gakkai representatives, including Soka Gakkai General Director Toru Aoki, Youth Division Chief Kazuhiko ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2005

Singapore Soka Association Supports 40th Anniversary National Day Celebrations

On August 9, some 2,000 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members participated in Singapore's 40th National Day events across the country. Some 25,000 residents attended the annual show at Singapore's National Stadium, which all of Singapore's television networks telecast live as well as on the Internet. The festivities were seen by ... read more

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