Peace and Disarmament
September 8 Marks 48th Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons"
Today, September 8, is the 48th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" made at the Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. In the declaration, Mr. Toda earnestly called on youth to take on the mission of promulgating the abolition of nuclear weapons and establishing a peaceful world. The declaration, more relevant than ever, appealed for the abolition of nuclear arms, weapons of mass destruction built to destroy life, and for the protection of each person's inviolable right to life.
September 8 is also the anniversary day of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's proposal for normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China (1968) as well as his first visit to Russia (then Soviet Union) in 1974. In Russia, the Moscow State University Press published a Russian translation of A Lifelong Quest for Peace: A Dialogue, coauthored by Mr. Ikeda and the late world renowned scientist Dr. Linus Pauling (published in March 2005); and a two volume set of dialogues between Mr. Ikeda and Moscow State University Rector Viktor Antonovich Sadovnichy (published in September 2004). The two dialogues have been well received by readers in Russia.