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Weekly News of SGI Around the World

March 22, 2019

PR News Media Watch < March 16 – March 22, 2019 >


Scoop (New Zealand)/ SGINZ Statement on the Mass Shooting at the Mosques in Chch

Mar. 16, 2019 / Soka Gakkai International New Zealand

“On behalf of the Soka Gakkai International New Zealand Buddhist community we offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to the loved ones of those who lost their precious lives as well as those wounded in the senseless act of terrible violence that occurred in Christchurch. We stand together in mourning and in solidarity with the affected families, the Muslim community and people of Christchurch. It is deeply shocking that such horrific violent attacks could occur here in Aotearoa New Zealand. We categorically condemn and reject such acts of violence and terrorism and are resolutely determined to not allow such hatred to take root here. As SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has stated: ‘The real struggle of the 21st century will not be between civilizations, nor between religions. It will be between violence and nonviolence. It will be between barbarity and civilization in the truest sense of the word.’ In this dark time, we affirm our bonds as brothers, sisters and fellow human beings and we will honour the memory of those who have been lost by renewing hope and taking unstinting action toward the construction of a culture of peace, based on compassion and solidarity. With our heartfelt prayers.”



Windsor Star (Canada) / Human rights education exhibition opens at Mackenzie Hall 

Mar. 17, 2019 / Lindsay Charlton

“A free exhibition that highlights how human rights education can change peoples lives around the world opened Saturday at Mackenzie Hall. Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education, which runs through Thursday, celebrates stories of how human rights education has promoted dignity, equality and peace and prevented human rights violations and abuses. ‘The exhibition shows examples of different communities taking the concept of human rights and applying it to the issues that they wanted to change,’ said Iole Iadipaolo, one of the event organizers… The event is presented by Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada, in collaboration with the City of Windsor, New Canadians Centre of Excellence and the University of Windsor’s Office of Human Rights.” 



Seikyo Shimbun Highlights < March 16 – March 22, 2019>

(Seikyo Shimbun is the Soka Gakkai daily newspaper in Japan)

March 16

Tokyo, JAPAN: On March 15, the cornerstone laying ceremony of the Soka Gakkai World Seikyo Center is held at the construction site, attended by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, General Director Shigeo Hasegawa and representatives of each division. 

T0kyo, JAPAN: On March 15, in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of March 16, Kosen-rufu Day, a Gongyo meeting is held for representative youth leaders at the Soka Culture Center. SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. 

Tokyo, JAPAN: On March 15, a delegation of the Korean Residents Union in Japan led by President Yuh Keun Ie visits the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Complex. They were welcomed by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada.


March 17

JAPAN: A radio program featuring readings from SGI President Ikeda’s novel The New Human Revolution resumes on Nippon Cultural Broadcasting as well as 33 local stations. Starting April 1, the program will be broadcast every day for ten minutes, Monday through Friday.


March 18 and 20

Jeju, SOUTH KOREA: A delegation of the Soka Gakkai Okinawa

youth division visits Jeju Island from March 15. On March 16, the delegation attended the Korea-Japan Youth Peace Forum held at the Jeju Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center, together with SGI-South Korea youth division members. Former President of Jeju National University Jo Munbu gave a commemorative lecture. On March 17, the Youth delegation attended a Korea-Japan friendship meeting and the Headquarters Leaders Meeting of SGI-South Korea, which were simulcast to 230 venues across the country. SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message.


March 21

Scandicci, ITALY: On March 16, a ginkgo tree is named after first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi on the “Avenue of Humanity and Human Rights” inaugurated in the new Vingone Park in Scandicci, a suburb of Florence. The avenue includes 12 trees of different species, each named after a champion of human rights and peace, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa.