Peace and Disarmament
New Antinuclear Exhibition Launched in Hiroshima
From August 24-25, a new antinuclear exhibition "Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons," which examines nuclear weapons issues from 12 different perspectives, was launched at the 20th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Hiroshima. The exhibition has been jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a civil society campaign launched in 2007 by IPPNW.
This recent exhibition, which also commemorates the 55th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons made on September 8, 1957, consists of a total of 40 panels that cover nuclear weapons issues from 12 perspectives: humanitarian, environmental, medical, economic, human rights, energy, scientific, political, spiritual, gender, generational and security.
Dignitaries present at the exhibition opening on August 24 were Atsuro Sasaki, Deputy Mayor of Hiroshima City; Dr. Robert Mtonga, Co-President of IPPNW; and Keiichi Hiramatsu, President of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association and JPPNW (Japanese Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War).
In the opening ceremony, Dr. Mtonga commented on the new exhibition, "This is a space that brings all of us together as human beings communicating with human beings . . . In our lifetime, we will stand as one, as we are at this exhibition, and walk a world without nuclear weapons."
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message on the occasion of the launch, in which he stated: "A key objective of this new exhibition is to examine the problem of nuclear weapons from a range of perspectives in order to help people recognize the fact that nuclear weapons pose a direct and dire threat to all that they personally value and treasure." He also expressed his hope that the commitments made by each individual will form the axis of a new turning point for humankind as we choose hope over despair and courage over fear.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-OPI and an article in the August 26, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]