Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for June 5, 2020
ONLINE: On May 20, SGI representatives attended the 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), hosted online by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The conference theme was “Accelerating action for and delivery of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific.” More than 700 people from governments, international organizations and NGOs around the world took part.
JAPAN: On May 28, Soka Gakkai youth representatives held their seventh teleconference with Professor Takeo Fujiwara of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Associate Professor Yugo Shobugawa of Niigata University and the chairs of the Soka Youth Physicians Conference and the Soka Women Physicians Conference, highlighting the importance of human bonds. They have changed the name of their StayHome project on Twitter to the SaveLife project, after the lifting of the State of Emergency in Japan.
ONLINE: The Soka Gakkai Youth Division in Japan, the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) and other youth organizations have launched a new project to build the solidarity of youth in the face of COVID-19. This project introduces contributions by youth to help those affected by COVID-19 in their respective countries. The first event was held online on May 28, with representatives from Afghanistan, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Ghana, India, Japan and Russia sharing their experiences and learning.
JAPAN: On June 1, a music video of the newly created youth song “Step Forward” was released online. The new acoustic version shows the faces of youth from all over Japan.
SPAIN: On June 1, Seikyo Shimbun announced that Ediciones Civilizacion Global has released Galician and Basque editions of Lectures on On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime by Daisaku Ikeda. On May 17 and 18, two local newspapers in Galicia introduced the Galician edition.