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Soka Gakkai Academic Department Hosts Symposium on History of SGI

101204jap_academic-symposium.jpgAt the Japan Youth Hall

The Soka Gakkai Academic Department hosted a symposium at the Japan Youth Hall on December 4, in Tokyo, Japan. Presentations at the event focused on how SGI's various activities are perceived around the world.

Among the scholars who spoke were Dr. Daisuke Inoue from Soka University of Japan, Professor Akira Kawabata from Osaka University and Professor Yutaka Akiba from Osaka Prefecture University.

Presenting first, Dr. Inoue discussed the history of SGI in Mexico. He was followed by Professors Kawabata and Akiba who shared their research on the development of SGI-USA and the spread of Nichiren Buddhism in the United States since SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's initial visit there in 1960.

Jason Goulah, assistant professor at DePaul University in Chicago, USA, also presented at the symposium, speaking about his first encounters with Nichiren Buddhism and his motivation to apply the principles of Soka Education to the field of linguistics.

Presentations were followed by a question and answer session. Soka Gakkai Academic Department Chief Hirotomo Teranishi gave closing remarks and shared his goal to deepen his understanding of Buddhist philosophy and in turn spread its message of peace.

[Adapted from an article in the December 5, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]