Peace and Disarmament
Soka Gakkai Youth Remember Victims of War
In commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the end of World War II, for the 34th consecutive year, the Soka Gakkai held special prayer meetings in several locations in Tokyo and throughout Japan for the repose of all victims of all wars and violent conflict. 300 youth representatives and surviving families of war victims participated in the meeting in Shinanomachi.
Youth division leader Kazuhiko Takeuchi addressed the meeting, saying, "Untold suffering has been caused by war in the past century. We cannot allow this barbarity to continue and are determined to spread the message of the preciousness of all life and the need for dialogue as the key means of resolving conflict." Having recently been part of a 200-strong Soka Gakkai youth exchange delegation which visited key sites in China associated with the Japanese occupation last month, he added, "Particularly in this region we feel it is vital to build strong ties of friendship with our neighbors in order to ensure continuing peaceful coexistence."
Similar prayer gatherings were held in Soka Gakkai centers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively in commemoration of victims of the atomic bombings of those cities.