Soka Gakkai Youth Renew Pledge for World Peace on War Memorial Day
On August 15, 2008, the 63rd anniversary of the end of World War II, Soka Gakkai youth conducted their 36th annual prayer for world peace and memorial for victims of war at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo. Beginning in 1973, Soka Gakkai youth representatives have regularly attended the annual service, to offer their prayers for all victims of war around the world and reaffirm their commitment to creating a world without war.
At the gathering, following a prayer service led by SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Chair Kenji Shiratsuchi reported on recent youth peace activities throughout Japan. Mr. Oba spoke about the adoption of the international Convention on Cluster Munitions in May, which SGI President Daisaku Ikeda had written about in his 2002 and 2008 peace proposals, and encouraged those attending to take the initiative in building lasting world peace.
On the same day, prayer services were held at Soka Gakkai cemetery parks and centers throughout Japan in memory of attendees' deceased ancestors as well as in solemn remembrance of all those who lost their lives in war.
[Adapted from an article in the August 16, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]