Back to listMar 10, 2009

SGI-Hungary Officially Registered as Cultural and Educational Organization

090310hungary_mem.jpg SGI-Hungary members in front of Royal Palace

SGI-Hungary was recently registered as an official nonprofit organization for culture and education. SGI-Hungary Chapter Leader Toshikazu Nakagawa and Women's Leader Eniko Vecsey continue to serve as the organization's leaders.

The Republic of Hungary, an East European nation, has produced many artists, such as famous composers Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók and revolutionary poet Sándor Petöfi. Hungary also has a history of being dominated by foreign rule. During the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, citizens placed under surveillance by the former Soviet Union stood up for freedom. Several thousand were sacrificed in the backlash.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Hungary in 1964. In 1998, Mr. Ikeda met with then Hungarian Ambassador to Japan Südy Zoltán. At the request of the ambassador, the "Dialogue with Nature" photo exhibition was held in the Royal Palace in Budapest in 1999. SGI-Hungary members have steadily developed friendships through hosting cultural events and exhibitions. In recognition of their activities, Társalgó Association, an art and culture organization, awarded its first honorary membership to Mr. Ikeda. The City of Budapest also presented him with a medal commemorating the city's 125th anniversary.

Mr. Nakagawa and Ms. Vecsey expressed their determination to continue to work for building peace in their country.

[Adapted from an article in the March 10, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]