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Back to listJan 26, 2007

SGI Korea Commemorates SGI Day; Children's Choir Welcomes New Members

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Celebrating SGI Day in Seoul

On January 26, 2007, 1,400 SGI-Korea members of the Seoul metropolitan area met to commemorate the SGI's 32nd anniversary. With the January 1, 2007 appointment of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, the SGI-Korea members reaffirmed their commitment to creating lasting peace and supporting the SGI's activities as a non-governmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the United Nations. Kim Jin Sook, young women's student leader, spoke about the significance of the SGI's establishment on January 26, 1975 on Guam and shared specific references to Korea found in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's annual peace proposals. SGI-Korea General Director Yeo Sang Rak encouraged those attending to earn society's trust as exemplary citizens and show the value of the practice of Nichiren Buddhism by achieving their personal goals and contributing to the happiness of others.

On January 20, SGI-Korea's Boys' and Girls' Sunrise Chorus held a special ceremony at the SGI-Korea headquarters to welcome 16 new chorus members and say good-bye to 20 graduates. The chorus has participated in several international chorus competitions and concerts. At the meeting, Mr. Yeo expressed his hopes for the children to grow up into capable individuals who contribute to the development of arts and culture.

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SGI-Korea Sunrise Chorus

[Adapted from an article in the February 5, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]