Sustainable Development

Back to listJan 26, 2012

"Seeds of Hope" Launched in Japan, Hosted by National Science Center in Malaysia

Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili and Professor Madya Dr. Irmawati RamliDr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili (center) and Professor Madya Dr. Irmawati Ramli (left)

On January 26, the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" (SOH) exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter International was shown at Soka Gakkai's Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. It was the first time for the exhibition to be shown in Japan--making Japan the 20th country to host the exhibition.

At the opening ceremony, Kanagawa Soka Gakkai Leader Tamotsu Sugiyama spoke about the history of "Seeds of Hope" and how it had been developed from the "Seeds of Change" (SOC) exhibition inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2002 environmental proposal.

Mr. Sugiyama also mentioned that the Soka Gakkai's grassroots movement for peace began in Yokohama 55 years ago when then president Josei Toda made a declaration calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons on September 8, 1957. Mr. Toda also emphasized the need for global citizenship and for understanding of the underlying unity of the world's people.

Among those who attended the opening were Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture; Atsushi Masuko, president of the Kanagawa Prefecture Natural Environment Conservation Center; Kenji Horida, president of Kanagawa Shimbun (newspaper); and Tomohiko Kodama, executive director of FMYokohama.

From December 3-11, 2011, Soka Gakkai Malaysia organized a showing of SOH at the National Science Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition coincided with the center's 25th anniversary celebration on December 10. Guests in attendance included Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, and Professor Madya Dr. Irmawati Ramli, director of the National Science Centre.

Reflecting the theme of the anniversary, "Science for All," booths showcasing the contribution that science and technology has made to society were displayed by various organizations ranging from government departments to universities and private companies.

SOH has been touring institutes of higher education, schools and various venues around Malaysia since 2010 and has been viewed by over 100,000 people.

[Adapted from an article from the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website, a report from SGI-OPI and an article from the January 27, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of SGM]