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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights

PARAGUAY: On July 26, more than 200 youth division members of SGI-Paraguay joined an online meeting to commemorate the founding of the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Divisions.

AUSTRALIA: On August 9, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, SGI-Australia hosted an online peace event calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Over 300 participants joined the event, at which Gem Romuld, Australian Director of ICAN, and Mark Greenhill, Mayor of the Blue Mountains, were keynote speakers.

Tokyo, JAPAN: On August 14, representatives of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division participated in a commemorative gongyo meeting marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

ONLINE: On August 15, Anna Ikeda of the SGI Office for UN Affairs spoke at the virtual event “Interfaith Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons: A Multigenerational Conversation” organized by the Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international interfaith organization. She introduced the Buddhist philosophy of respect for the dignity of life.

KENYA: On August 18, General Director of Soka Gakkai Kenya Philemon Banja gave an interview in the Seikyo Shimbun about the organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings are being held online to prevent the spread of infection. Members study SGI President Ikeda’s The New Human Revolution together every Sunday, chant simultaneously even in remote places and encourage each other via phone calls. Some members are supporting local humanitarian agencies’ anti-coronavirus measures and donating daily necessities. 

Tanjung Pinang, INDONESIA: On August 20, the Seikyo Shimbun reported that the construction of a new Soka Gakkai Indonesia center in Bintan Island began in July and is expected to be completed by summer 2021.