Peace and Disarmament
Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Sponsor Lecture by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Chair
On April 10, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima sponsored the 124th in a series of lectures titled Lectures on Hiroshima at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Steven L. Leeper, chairperson of the board of directors of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, spoke about Japan's unique role in establishing lasting peace. Mr. Leeper remarked that we now stand at a crossroads regarding abolishing nuclear weapons and stressed the need to create a culture of peace and the philosophy of nonviolence advocated by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. He pointed out that Japan, with its unique experience of suffering atomic bomb attacks, has the mission of being the leader in creating a culture of peace, by appealing to the world for nuclear abolition and an end to war. Emphasizing the need for nations to cooperate to resolve the mounting challenges humanity faces today, such as poverty and global warming, Mr. Leeper said that we have no choice but to work together for peace, instead of repeating futile wars, which will never resolve any of these issues. In view of the SGI's activities that advance peace, culture and education in many societies throughout the world, Mr. Leeper expressed his expectation that the Soka Gakkai will take the lead in a global initiative for peace.
[Adapted from an article in the April 11, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]