Peace and Disarmament

Back to listJul 31, 2006

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit

Soka Gakkai YPC of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa attend annual peace conference

On July 29, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference (YPC) representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual youth peace summit at the Hiroshima Peace Center. The respective YPC of each of the three prefectures have collaborated on antiwar publications, video recordings of atomic bombing and war victims' experiences, and peace-related exhibitions, lectures and surveys. Such activities have helped to raise peace-awareness, especially among young people. At this year's summit, YPC representatives reported on recent activities. As the last generation to have personal contact with atomic bomb and other war victims, the group resolved to further their efforts to inherit and preserve these war experiences for future generations. Following words by Soka Gakkai Young Women's Peace and Culture Conference (YWPCC) Chair Noriko Kamijo, YPC Chair Hironobu Horii emphasized that disseminating the unspeakable tragedies experienced by war victims is the way to inherit the spirit of the first three Soka Gakkai presidents' will to contribute to humanity and to fulfill their responsibility as youth.

On the same day at the same venue, the Soka Gakkai YWPCC showed its exhibit based on Peace Step, a book compiled by the YWPCC and published summer 2005, which aims to raise awareness about peace issues and includes survey results on attitudes about war and peace among youth in their 20s and 30s, along with ideas for concrete action. The exhibit shows through August 6.

YPC representatives lay wreath at atomic bomb victim memorial

Also at the same venue, on July 30, the YPC sponsored a talk by Miyoko Matsuhara, an atomic bomb victim and a member of The Speakers from Hiroshima. She said that for atomic bomb victims, every day is August 6. Masae Miyazono, a 4th year senior high school student who comes from a family of atomic bomb victims, remarked that the lecture made her determine to convey the "heart of Hiroshima" to others. Later that day, YPC representatives placed a wreath at the memorial for atomic bomb victims.