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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

100810nagasaki-gongyo.jpg A memorial service in Nagasaki

On August 6, 2010, a service in solemn tribute to war victims was conducted at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall, Japan. The event commemorated the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima City. Soka Gakkai representatives attended together with atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), bereaved families and descendants of the victims to offer prayers for the repose of all victims of atomic bombings, nuclear tests and nuclear-related accidents worldwide.

After the memorial service, the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Women's Peace Committee (WPC) held a meeting where hibakusha shared their experiences. Chisako Takeoka, an atomic bomb survivor whose family and relatives died as a result of the bombing, expressed her resolve to work for the sake of peace and to continue communicating the horrors of war to younger generations.

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima women's leader Kimiko Iwasaki encouraged participants to take action within their respective communities and to spread the message of peace, especially to younger generations.

On August 9, which marked the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, a memorial service was held at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. In Tokyo, Soka Gakkai youth conducted their 38th annual prayer for world peace and memorial for victims of war at the World Youth Center in Shinjuku Ward, on August 15.

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 service, Soka Gakkai youth leader Yoshinori Sato reported that youth members of SGI conducted surveys among their peers to learn about their thoughts regarding nuclear weapons. The survey results were then presented to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference and the United Nations, together with a petition of 2,276,167 signatures from youth calling for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention. 

[Adapted from articles in the August 7, 10 and 16, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]