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Back to listMar 21, 2005

Saitama Youth Division Sponsors Lecture on the Japanese Constitution and Its Place in the Contemporary Age

On March 19, the Saitama youth sponsored a lecture by Dokkyo University Professor Shoichi Koseki at the Saitama Culture Center. Speaking on "The Japanese Constitution's Significance in the Contemporary Age--Six Decades Following the War," Professor Koseki introduced the historical backdrop against which Japan's constitution was established. He appealed to the audience to help create an era in which human dignity is protected through peaceful means. He also heartily agreed with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's proposal for the establishment of a UN Asia-Pacific Headquarters for the creation of a model of human security in the Asia region, outlined in his 2005 Peace Proposal. Touching upon Article 20 of the Japanese Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion to all, Professor Koseki affirmed that originally, the guarantee of religious freedom was the driving force for securing "freedom of thought and conscience." He said the philosophy of nonviolence promulgated by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. is also rooted in religion, and expressed hopes for SGI to continue contributing to creating peace in the world.