Peace and Disarmament
Soka Gakkai Youth Pay Their Respects to Victims of War
On August 15, 2007, the 62nd anniversary of the end of World War II, Soka Gakkai youth held their 35th annual prayer for world peace and memorial for victims of war at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Youth division representatives offered solemn prayers for the respose of all victims of war throughout the world.
National Youth Division Leader Kazuhiko Takeuchi highlighted the significance of 2007 as the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's "Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons," a clear condemnation of the use of nuclear weapons that threaten the lives of innocent people as criminal under any circumstance. Mr. Takeuchi stated, "The first three Soka Gakkai presidents continuously worked to build a solidarity for the sake of peace and denounced society's tendency to trivialize life, as well as the belief that wars and nuclear weapons are necessary evils." He urged the youth present to work passionately to realize a peaceful and prosperous society based on Buddhist ideals that uphold the sanctity of life and the innate potential of all people for creating positive value.
Prayer gatherings were also held at Soka Gakkai cemetery parks and centers throughout Japan. Soka Gakkai members in Hiroshima and Nagasaki held memorials on August 6 and 9, respectively, in remembrance of victims of the atomic bombings 62 years ago.
[Adapted from an article in the August 16, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]