Peace and Disarmament

Back to listAug 5, 2008

Costa Rican Ambassador to Japan Lectures on Peace in Hiroshima

080816jp_war_mem.jpg Costa Rican Ambassador to Japan Mario Fernández Silva lectures in Hiroshima

On August 5, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima, Japan, sponsored the 128th in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. With a speech titled "Costa Rica--Country of Peace," Costa Rican Ambassador to Japan Mario Fernández Silva relayed how in 1949 Costa Rica, in drafting its constitution, abolished the national army. He also stated that today approximately one third of Costa Rica's annual budget is dedicated to education and medical care. Remarking that civilians are victimized by war and dropping the atomic-bomb was an inexcusable action against the whole of humankind, Ambassador Silva expressed his expectations for Soka Gakkai youth to continue to work to build lasting peace, employing the humanistic philosophy that is the foundation of the SGI.

Prior to the lecture, the Soka Gakkai presented its Hiroshima Peace Award to Ambassador Silva in recognition of his outstanding contributions to world peace, based on his noble commitment to humanity.

[Adapted from an article in the August 6, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]