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Press Releases | Jan 26 2009

Buddhist Leader's 2009 Peace Proposal Highlights Nuclear Disarmament, "Humanitarian Competition"

Tokyo, Japan: On January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, today issued his annual peace proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History." Analyzing the global economic crisis, Ikeda questions humanity's abstract love of money, calling for a focus on the real needs ... read more

Press Releases | May 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Japan and Singapore Soka Association Contribute to Myanmar Cyclone Relief

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai General Director Masaaki Masaki visited the Tokyo office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on May 19 to make a donation of 3 million yen (US$28,800) in support of relief efforts following the May 2 cyclone which has devastated the Irrawaddy Delta area of ... read more

Press Releases | May 16 2008

Soka Gakkai Donates 30 Million Yen for China Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: On Thursday May 15, the Soka Gakkai made a donation to the Chinese Government in response to Monday's devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province which officials say may eventually claim more than 50,000 lives. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada visited the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo to inform Ambassador Cui Tiankai ... read more

Press Releases | May 1 2008

Exhibit on Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Opens at Geneva UN Headquarters

Geneva, Switzerland: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," an exhibition examining the nuclear weapons issue through the lens of human security, opened yesterday at the UN Office at Geneva. Held in conjunction with the second session of the Preparatory Committee of the ... read more

Press Releases | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

Tokyo, Japan: At a ceremony at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association, was today conferred with the Order of Friendship on behalf of the Russian Federation by Ambassador Mikhail M. Bely. Presenting the award in recognition of Mr. Ikeda's wide-ranging contributions ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 25 2008

SGI President Calls for Humanization of Religion as a Basis for Peace

Tokyo, Japan: In his 2008 peace proposal, to be issued on January 26 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association in 1975, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda calls for the humanization of religion as one path toward peace. Commenting that the current trend towards ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 3 2007

SGI Statement on the Situation in Myanmar

We urge the government of Myanmar to use dialogue and non-violent means to resolve the current situation. We deplore the loss of life incurred and are praying for all the victims and for a peaceful and just solution. Hirotsugu Terasaki Executive Director Soka Gakkai International Office of Public Information ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 10 2007

SGI Organizations Renew Call for Nuclear Abolition Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Antinuclear Declaration

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organizations around the world have held events calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, commemorating the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Toda (1900-58) made his impassioned declaration, describing nuclear weapons as an absolute evil, in front ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 13 2007

Chinese Premier Meets Honorary President of Soka Gakkai Lay Buddhist Group

Tokyo, April 13, 2007/Kyodo JBN/-- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Soka Gakkai Honorary President Daisaku Ikeda at the New Otani Hotel for 30 minutes in the afternoon of April 12. Mr. Wen was accompanied by a party of eleven including Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 29 2007

SGI President Calls for Nuclear Disarmament, New Peace Efforts in Asia

Tokyo, Japan: In response to the accelerating threat of nuclear weapons proliferation, Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda has called for renewed efforts for disarmament. In his annual Peace Proposal, issued on January 26, the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) urges a new global movement for nuclear disarmament and abolition ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 10 2006

Minoru Harada Appointed as Soka Gakkai President

Tokyo, Japan: Minoru Harada, 65, was elected sixth president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist association on November 9, following Einosuke Akiya's decision to resign from the post in order to make way for new leadership. Akiya, 76, had led the organization for 25 years. Harada, formerly vice general director, was ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 10 2006

SGI President Awarded 200th Academic Honor, Calls For Stronger Japan-China Cooperation On Environment

Tokyo, Japan: In a ceremony at Soka University on October 7, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist organization, was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2006

Hope for Interfaith Initiative Linking Governments, UN Agencies and NGOs

New York, U.S.A.: At a packed workshop on inter-religious dialogue and cooperation at the UN Headquarters, Mr. Leslie Gatan, Minister of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN, described how the level of support for interfaith efforts aimed at building peace has dramatically increased since 9/11. The September 6 ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 30 2006

SGI President Meets UN Under-Secretary-General, Issues Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met today with UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury. Following discussions on development and peace issues, Mr. Ikeda presented Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury with a proposal entitled "Fulfilling the Mission: Empowering ... read more

Press Releases | Jun 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Donates for Indonesian Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: On June 1 Soka Gakkai representatives donated US$30,000 (3,300,000 yen) to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan for earthquake relief following the severe quake which hit Central Java on May 27. The day after the quake, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Indonesia members in Yogyakarta formed a ... read more