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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights 

Tokyo, JAPAN: On September 18, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy published the English edition of the Journal of Oriental Studies Vol. 30, featuring perspectives on the Eastward transmission of Buddhism. President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts Felix Unger also contributed a statement on the human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

CANADA: On October 3 and 4, SGI Canada held regional online youth festivals with the theme “Shine as the Rainbow of Hope” in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to Canada.  

Tokyo, JAPAN: On October 8, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada met with Ambassador of Russia to Japan HE Mikhail Galuzin at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Japan. The ambassador, who was an exchange student at Soka University in Japan from 1982–83, expressed his gratitude to SGI President Ikeda for his contributions to Japan-Russia relations.  

ONLINE: On October 11, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Beatrice Fihn gave a lecture via video livestreaming at the 50th Soka University Festival and the 36th Soka Women’s College Swans Festival. She called for solidarity among citizens in order to achieve real social change and the abolition of nuclear weapons.  

JAPAN: On October 13, Seikyo Shimbun published an article highlighting the indomitable spirit of Nichiren Daishonin to mark the anniversary of his passing on October 13, 1282. Members were encouraged to offer memorial prayers at home to commemorate the anniversary. The article stressed how the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai have continued Nichiren’s legacy.  

Tokyo, JAPAN: On October 14, Ambassador of Ghana to Japan HE Frank Okyere gave an interview to the Seikyo Shimbun in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s visit to UN Headquarters in New York and his declaration that the 21st century would be the century of Africa. The ambassador expressed his gratitude for SGI President Ikeda’s contributions to cultural and educational exchange between Japan and Ghana.