Peace and Disarmament
Soka Gakkai Youth in Japan, Host Lecture on Nuclear Weapons Abolition
On February 8, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members in Nagasaki, Japan, hosted a lecture on peace to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai International (January 26, 1975).
David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the keynote speaker, delivered a lecture titled "A Message to Youth: Live to Your Full Capacity and Save the Planet." Dr. Krieger emphasized that as long as people continue to live under the threat of nuclear weapons, human security cannot be guaranteed. He also stated, "We [Dr. David Krieger and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda] espoused the principle of choosing hope, rather than succumbing to ignorance, apathy or despair. Hope gives rise to action, and action, in turn, gives rise to hope. Our shared hope includes the goal of building a more peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons—a daunting but essential goal. I stand with Daisaku Ikeda in choosing hope. I'm sure that you stand with him as well."
Kenichiro Eguchi, Soka Gakkai youth leader of Nagasaki, and Nobuo Ogikubo Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Chair of Kyushu, Japan, also gave brief remarks at the event, expressing their appreciation to participants for attending.
David Krieger is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) and has served as its president since 1982. Under his leadership NAPF has initiated numerous innovative and important projects for building peace, strengthening international law, abolishing nuclear weapons and empowering a new generation of peace leaders. In 2002, a compilation of dialogues between Mr. Ikeda and Dr. Krieger, titled Choose Hope: Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age was published. The book has also been translated into Japanese and Italian.
[Adapted from an article in the February 9, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of SGI Office of Public Information]