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Human Rights | Aug 9 2008

Celebrating Diversity in Iceland

On August 9, 2008, SGI-Iceland participated in Reykjavík's annual gay pride parade, the main event held during Iceland's nationwide week of celebrating diversity. Some 40 SGI-Iceland members marched in the parade, together with six members from SGI-Europe's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Group, representing various European countries. The marchers ... read more

Culture | Aug 5 2008

SGI-Korea and SGI-Taiwan Fife-and-Drum Corps Participate in International Festivals

The Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, SGI-Korea's young women's band, was one of 13 groups from ten countries invited to perform at the 7th annual Gangneung International Junior Art Festival in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea. The festival, held this year from August 2-5, 2008, was initiated seven years ago and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 5 2008

Costa Rican Ambassador to Japan Lectures on Peace in Hiroshima

On August 5, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima, Japan, sponsored the 128th in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. With a speech titled "Costa Rica--Country of Peace," ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 3 2008

SGI Youth Celebrate the Month of Youth

From July 6-13, some 2,500 SGI-Thailand young men met at five venues throughout the country. At a meeting in Nonthaburi Province on July 6, one young man joyfully shared how he is now able to appreciate and use his hardships for his personal growth as a result of Nichiren ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 3 2008

SGI-Panama Women and Young Women Meet

On August 2 and 3, 2008, SGI-Panama women and young women gathered for their first combined meeting in Chitré. Some 40 members from Panama City, Colón, Herrera, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro attended. Referencing the example of Kaneko Ikeda, wife of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, participants discussed the importance of each ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 1 2008

Inter Press Service Interviews SGI President on Nuclear Disarmament

Inter Press Service (IPS), a news agency that specializes in development and human rights issues, recently interviewed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on nuclear disarmament and the need to revive and re-energize efforts to achieve this goal. In the interview, he calls for a return to the original spirit of the ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2008

Indian Council of Gandhian Studies Chairman Speaks at Fourth SSA Student Peace Lecture

On July 29, 2008, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies in New Delhi, India, spoke on "The Dynamics of Orienting Today's Education for the Sake of Peace" at the Fourth Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Student Division Peace Lecture. The event, held at the Singapore Management ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 26 2008

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

On July 26, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa gathered for a youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Okinawa International Peace Center in Naha, Okinawa. Soka Gakkai's respective Youth Peace Conferences (YPC) and Young Women's Peace and Culture Conferences (YWPCC) from the three prefectures have ... read more

Culture | Jul 26 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Culture Show in Kuala Lumpur

On July 26, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Kuala Lumpur sponsored a culture show at SJK Batang Kali multipurpose hall in Ulu, Selangor, attended by around 1,800 residents. Titled "Melam Mesra Muhibah (An Evening of Harmony) 2008," the show served to promote goodwill and cooperation in the community. Guest of ... read more

Culture | Jul 25 2008

Iranian and Egyptian Ambassadors to Japan Meet with Soka Gakkai President Harada, Respectively

On July 24, 2008, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan, met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Seikyo Press Building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Ambassador Araghchi expressed his hopes that the Soka Gakkai would continue in its efforts of promoting mutual understanding ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2008

SGI-Europe Summer Study Session Held in Milan, Italy

July 17-20, 2008, some 450 SGI members from 30 countries in Europe gathered for the SGI-Europe summer study session in a suburb of Milan, Italy. Together with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, participants studied "On the Buddha's Prophecy" and "Letter to the Brothers" from Nichiren's writings. Mr. Saito also ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Johor in Batu Pahat Conducts Blood Donation Drive

On July 20, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor held a one-day blood donation drive at the SGM Johor Culture Centre in Batu Pahat. A total of 134 packs of blood were donated to a local blood bank. This was the sixth blood donation drive SGM Johor had organized ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 19 2008

Toda Institute Holds International Advisory Council Meeting in Belgium; New Director Appointed

On July 19, 2008, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held an international advisory council meeting at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The meeting took place on the last day of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference. Some 30 scholars from 16 countries attended the meeting ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 18 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Members Assist Flood Victims

On July 17 and 18, 2008, Typhoon Kalmaegi struck Taiwan, bringing heavy flooding and landslides to the central and southern parts of the country. Kalmaegi, the first typhoon to hit Taiwan this year, brought torrential downpours said to be the worst in a decade. The typhoon left at least 20 ... read more

Culture | Jul 14 2008

Commemorative Cultural Festival Held in Indonesia; SGI Representatives Meet with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla

On July 13, 2008, the "Religious Art Festival for Peace" took place at the Jakarta International Event and Convention Centre, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan. The musical extravaganza was co-organized by Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia), the Indonesian Muslim Artists and Culturalists ... read more