Peace and Disarmament
Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture, Announce Survey Results on Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power
On July 24, Soka Gakkai youth members held a peace meeting at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. They also hosted the 145th in a series of lectures at the same venue, at which Sunao Tsuboi, one of the chairs of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-bomb Sufferers Organization, shared his experience as a hibakusha and his determination to work for abolishing nuclear weapons. He also addressed the mission of youth in Hiroshima.
In his lecture, Mr. Tsuboi described the cruelty of war and of atomic bombs. He also voiced a strong determination to fight against all nuclear weapons and never give up the effort to abolish nuclear weapons from this world.
Youth members also reported the results of their 16th survey into attitudes toward peace among students in the Chugoku region (the prefectures around Hiroshima). In this year's results, shown in summary [here], it was striking that for the first time less than half of the students (47%) responded that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was "unacceptable"; 56% of female respondents and just 41% of males. This is 6% less than the 2010 result. 13% responded that it was to some extent justifiable, and 38% had no clear view. However, 69% stated the existence of nuclear weapons is itself unacceptable; 77% of female respondents and 62% of males.
For the first time this year, questions about nuclear power were also included. To the question "What do you think we should do with Japan's nuclear power plants?", 49% responded "we should continue as we are," 32% replied "we should reduce nuclear power," and 13% said "we should eliminate nuclear power." 5% felt that nuclear power should be increased.
Kimio Yodoya, Soka Gakkai Youth Leader in Hiroshima, encouraged participants to learn the spirit of the three presidents of Soka Gakkai and engage in grassroots dialogue in order to raise awareness of the tragedy of the atomic bombing and the need to abolish nuclear weapons.
One participant stated, "Through attending this meeting, I have learned that war is an absolute evil. Humanity must never experience war again."
[Adapted from an article in the July 26, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]