Peace and Disarmament
Peace Exhibition Held at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Japan
On February 23, 2010, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan. Approximately 60 guests attended, including past mayors of Nagasaki, Journal Nagasaki Executive Director Tadahiro Motomura and Nagasaki Bureau Chief Masao Tomonaga for the Japanese Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
The exhibit commemorates the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 65 years ago in August and aims to communicate that a fundamental transformation of the human spirit is necessary to make possible the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Mitsuyoshi Taira, director of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, commented that the exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the true nature of nuclear weapons and deepen their conviction for realizing peace.
In SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal released in January, he calls for a nuclear abolition summit to be held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the bombings.
Currently, SGI youth around the world are collecting signatures for the abolition of nuclear weapons, to be presented at the May 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York. Soka Gakkai youth members in Nagasaki are also engaging in petition drives, hosting peace seminars and exhibitions in an attempt to promote the development of global citizens for nuclear abolition.
To date, the Transforming the Human Spirit exhibition has been shown in over 50 cities in 22 countries and territories. It examines the nuclear weapons issue through the lens of human security. The exhibition was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the declaration by Josei Toda, the second president of the Soka Gakkai, calling for a ban on nuclear weapons, made on September 8, 1957.
[Adapted from an article in the February 24, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]