Press Releases


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

Press Releases | Jan 26 2006

Improved China-Japan Relations Vital, Six-Party Summit on North Korea Needed--SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: In his annual peace proposal issued today, SGI (Soka Gakkai International) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for improved relations between China and Japan. He also calls for a summit-level meeting of all the states currently participating in the Six-Party Talks on the issue of North Korean nuclear disarmament. Ikeda was ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 5 2005

Human Rights Exhibit Opens at UN Gallery in Shibuya

Tokyo, Japan: The lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai and the United Nations Information Centre in Japan are co-organizers of the exhibition "Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual," a human rights education exhibition that premieres in Tokyo at the UN Gallery in the UN House in Shibuya from December ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates US$30,000 for Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada and Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited the Pakistan Embassy in Tokyo on October 17 to express condolences for the country's loss and donate US$30,000 (3,400,000 yen) to the President's Relief Fund for Earthquake Victims for those affected by the devastating earthquake ... read more

Press Releases | Jul 21 2005

Soka Gakkai Peace Activities to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of End of World War II

Tokyo, Japan: A series of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and boost popular awareness of peace issues is being organized by the Soka Gakkai around Japan. The need for such initiatives is highlighted by a survey undertaken earlier this year by the Soka ... read more

Press Releases | May 18 2005

Fighting for Peace, Poems by Daisaku Ikeda, Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award

Sonoma, California, U.S.A.: Fighting for Peace, a collection of poems by Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda (Dunhill Publishing), has been selected as one of three finalists for the Publishers Marketing Association's 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award in the poetry category. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai International Expresses Condolences on Passing of Pope John Paul II

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II: "The passing of Pope John Paul II is an occasion of great sadness for all who have admired and been inspired by his profound commitment to peace. In a world torn ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2005

Education for Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainability Are Key--SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: In his annual peace proposal issued today, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the global Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI), urges renewed efforts to promote education for human rights, disarmament and sustainable development. In Ikeda's view, education that focuses on such global issues as peace and elimination of poverty ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 6 2005

SGI Buddhist Associations Throughout Asia Respond to Tsunami Disaster

Tokyo, Japan: Asian branches of Soka Gakkai International, one of the world's largest lay Buddhist associations, are mobilizing financial and human resources to respond to the catastrophic tsunami which devastated large parts of the region on December 26, 2004. On January 5, the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Japan made donations of ... read more