Peace and Disarmament
"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in Ishikawa, Tochigi and Yamagata Prefectures
On December 2, 2006, "Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), opened simultaneously at the Hakusan City Citizen's Exchange Center in Ishikawa Prefecture; the Ohtawara Community Vocational Training Center in Tochigo Prefecture; and in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. The exhibition supports the United Nations' "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World" (2001-2010), and aims to heighten awareness among the Japanese public about the Decade's ideals. At the showing in Yamagata, Takako Miyake, chair of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra Trustees, said, "This is a remarkable and timely exhibition addressing widespread problems such as bullying," and he expressed hopes that many would see the exhibition.
On display are inteview results from among 1,000 Japanese schoolchildren who were asked questions such as "What do you like / don't like to hear from adults?"; "What are some advantages / disadvantages of being a kid?" as well as panels describing conditions for children affected by poverty or armed conflict. It also introduces the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the first legally binding international instrument incorporating the full range of human rights--civil, cultural, economic, political and social--for children.
[Adapted from an article in the December 3, 2006 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]