Peace and Disarmament
Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Lecture on Nuclear Abolition
On February 1, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members held one of a series of peace lectures at the Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo, Japan, titled, "Toward Nuclear Abolition: Now Is the Time for Us to Stand Up for Peace."
In her remarks, guest lecturer and Peace Depot Secretary-General Keiko Nakamura noted that the nuclear weapons issue is not limited to the field of international politics but is rather something that every citizen should think about. She said there are numerous countries in the world that have developed national security policies based on the belief that even a small number of nuclear arms are necessary to protect their nation. Ms. Nakamura emphasized that simply aiming to get rid of all nuclear weapons is not enough. What is necessary is for the people to realize a world which understands that nuclear weapons are not needed at all for the protection of humanity.
Towards the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, which will take place in New York City in May 2010, Soka Gakkai International youth around the world are engaged in activities, such as collecting signatures and handing out surveys, to raise awareness about the need for nuclear abolition.
The Peace Depot is a non-profit, independent peace research, education and information institution that aims to create security systems that do not rely on military power. It was launched in November 1997 and became incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization in January 2000 under the Japanese NPO Act.
[Adapted from an article in the February 2, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun and an activity report from the SGI Office of Public Information; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]