Peace and Disarmament
"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown Throughout Japan
The exhibition "Children and a Culture of Peace: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), opened at Stadium Place Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan, on September 20 and showed through September 25.
Emiko Mimura, president of the WPC Executive Committee, and Soka Gakkai General Director Masaaki Masaki delivered welcoming remarks. Kaori Yamada, a guest representing the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan, expressed her appreciation for Soka Gakkai members' grassroots efforts to promote peace and the wellbeing of children for the sake of the future.
From September 29 to October 3, WPC hosted the exhibition at the Matsuzakaya Department Store in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. Guests included Akiko Toyoda, Chairperson of the Toyota International Association (TIA), and Heijiro Ojima, professor emeritus of Aichi University of Education.
The exhibition was also on display at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center from September 22-24.
"Children and a Culture of Peace" aims to heighten awareness about the ideals promulgated by the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World.
Illustrations and photographs show regions of armed conflict and the extent of poverty around the world. Included are 1,000 Japanese schoolchildren's responses to survey questions such as "What do adults say that make you happy?" "What are some advantages of being a kid?" and "What are some disadvantages of being a kid?" The exhibition also presents how UNICEF's Convention on the Rights of the Child--the first legally binding international instrument incorporating the full range of human rights for children--has transformed how children are perceived in society.
[Adapted from articles in the September 21, 23 and 30, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]