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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights 

European Organizations Hold Virtual Meetings 

On October 11, SGI-Switzerland held an online leaders training course. A member shared a faith experience, and SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Women’s Division Leader Suzanne Pritchard encouraged the participants. On the same day, the youth of Soka Gakkai Spain and SGI Portugal held a virtual exchange toward a joint youth festival they will hold in November. Participants studied SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to Spain and Portugal from The New Human Revolution and two experiences were shared by individuals who have achieved success in their work in spite of the pandemic. 

SGI-Poland Holds Four Division Training Course 

On October 17, SGI-Poland held an online training course. Toward the course, participants had challenged themselves to engage in dialogue and foster friendship in their communities. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Women’s Division Leader Suzanne Pritchard encouraged the participants to spread hope in society.  

Brazil Issues New Postage Stamp Commemorating 60th Anniversary of Brazil SGI 

On October 19, Correios, Brazil’s state-owned postal service, issued a new stamp to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Brazil SGI (BSGI). During the commemorative ceremony held at the Brazil Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Correios presented BSGI with a plaque featuring the stamp. A BSGI Youth Division music performance video was shown, and General Director Miguel Shiratori expressed his appreciation for SGI President Ikeda’s and BSGI members’ contributions to peace, culture and education.  

SGI-Venezuela Youth Commemorate Day of Successors  

On October 24, SGI-Venezuela held an online meeting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a Youth General Meeting held on October 15, 2000, known as the Day of Successors of Venezuela. Some 180 participants studied The New Human Revolution Vol. 30 and renewed their determinations toward 2030, the 100th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai. 

Soka Gakkai Names 2021 Year of Hope and Victory 

On November 1, the 47th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held with social distancing at the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu in Tokyo, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai. The theme for 2021 – the Year of Hope and Victory – was announced. SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. In 2021, the Soka Gakkai will continue to promote the culture of peace, nuclear disarmament and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular focusing on the climate crisis, human rights education, gender equality, humanitarian relief and cultural and educational initiatives.