Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for May 29, 2020
ONLINE: Soka Gakkai representatives attended the 6th International Scientific Congress “Globalistics-2020: Global issues and future of humankind” hosted online by Lomonosov Moscow State University from May 18 to 22. During the opening ceremony, a congratulatory message from SGI President Ikeda was introduced.
JAPAN: On May 22, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada announced that precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus in Japan will remain in place, with meetings canceled and all centers closed until the end of June.
BRAZIL: On May 25, Women’s Division Leader of Brazil SGI (BSGI) Meiry Hirano gave an interview in Seikyo Shimbun about BSGI’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 16, all activities and home visits have been suspended. BSGI members have engaged in the 1-2-3 campaign where they aim to chant for more than one hour, read The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and SGI President Ikeda’s guidance for 20 minutes and encourage more than three people by phone or social media every day. The online edition of Brasil Seikyo has been made available for free. BSGI donated 10,000 face shields to medical institutes in urban areas such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. To commemorate May 3, over 90,000 members and 3,000 friends participated in online district meetings across the country.
Aliso Viejo, USA: On May 26, Seikyo Shimbun reported that SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the graduating Classes of 2020 of Soka University of America. This year 95 students from 20 countries—including Ethiopia, India, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Uzbekistan—graduated from the undergraduate program with a BA in Liberal Arts and six students from five countries graduated with an MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change.
ARGENTINA: On May 27, Seikyo Shimbun reported that ten scholars and notable figures in Argentina sent congratulatory messages to SGI President Ikeda to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his inauguration as third Soka Gakkai president, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Luis Negretti, Academic Director of the Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies.