SGI-Brazil Hosts Latin American Conference
On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil hosted an SGI Latin America Conference at the International Conference Hall in the Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda called on the participants to launch afresh "a great tidal wave of world peace from Central and South America." Representatives from 12 countries--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela--attended the conference, held in Portuguese and Spanish. SGI-Brazil General Director Eduardo Taguchi gave greetings, followed by opening remarks from SGI Latin America Conference Chair Carlos Shima, national leader of SGI-Peru, who introduced the key themes of "Strengthening bonds between SGI organizations" and "Promoting study sessions and youth exchanges for the sake of fostering capable individuals." Representatives from Venezuela and Panama reported on how they are promoting the SGI's peace, education and culture movement in their societies. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, visiting from Japan, likened the Latin American countries to the sun's warm rays that reach out to other SGI organizations in each country. He called on the representatives to unite on good terms with a spirit of many in body, one in mind as they embark on their refreshed activities.
[Adapted from an article in the May 5, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]