Peace and Disarmament

Back to listApr 4, 2005

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture by Former President of Cheju National University

Dr. Cho Moon-Boo addresses Hiroshima audience

On April 3, Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Division hosted its 112th lecture at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The speaker was Dr. Cho Moon-Boo, former president of Cheju National University, South Korea, who continues to urge the strengthening of Korea-Japan relations. Referring to the mission of Hiroshima, Dr. Cho expressed his belief that victims of the atomic bombings expect us is to transform a heart of "revenge" into one of "repaying one's obligations." He stated that to abolish nuclear weapons from the earth is the foremost form of repaying the debt owed to atomic-bombing victims. He urged the participants to develop a strong passion for peace, fight to overcome cynicism and indifference that allows us to become heartless bystanders against society's evils.

On the same day, Dr. Cho received the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Award.

[Dr. Cho collaborated with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on a second dialogue, Ningen to bunka no niji no kakehashi--kan-nichi no bandai no yuko no tame ni (A Bridge of Humanity and Culture: For the Perpetuation of Korean-Japanese Friendship, tentative translation), recently published in Japan.]