Peace and Disarmament
Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit
On July 31, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 19th youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
After remarks from Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Chair Kenji Shiratsuchi, representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa reported on their recent peace activities.
Soka Gakkai youth in Okinawa have been involved in conducting surveys of people’s attitudes toward the Battle of Okinawa, as well as sponsoring peace forums. Young members in Nagasaki have hosted the "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) exhibition, and have held peace lectures and a Korea-Japan Youth Peace Forum during February and March.
Representatives from Hiroshima reported the results of a survey into students’ attitudes toward peace as well as their activities sponsoring peace lectures and sharing experiences by hibakusha.
At the summit, participants determined to actualize SGI President Ikeda’s call for a nuclear abolition summit to be held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2015. Aiming toward that date, they committed to increase awareness of nuclear abolition through one-on-one dialogue.
On August 1, a Hiroshima Youth Peace Conference and an Asia Youth Peace Music Festival were held at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. The 1,350 participants including Motofumi Asai, a director of Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University, and Akira Tashiro, a director of the Chugoku Shimbun Hiroshima Peace Media Center.
SGI President Ikeda sent a message encouraging the youth to believe they have the power to overcome the threat of nuclear weapons.
[Adapted from an article in the August 2, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI Office of Public Information]