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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

News Flash 

Soka Gakkai Global Website Coming Soon!

Marking the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai, on November 18, 2020, the sgi.org website will be relaunched as the Soka Gakkai global website (www.sokaglobal.org). This change takes effect at 1:00 a.m. Japan Standard Time. Further details will follow in a separate email. 

New Video Release 

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new video, “Toward the Dawn of Human Rights—Rosa Parks and Daisaku Ikeda” on the Daisaku Ikeda website. The video is available in English and will have Chinese and Spanish subtitles in the future. We hope you will enjoy the video. 

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights 

GERMANY: On September 13, SGI-Germany participated in European Heritage Days by holding a virtual Open Day at Villa Sachsen. Leaders of SGI-Germany introduced the center and its history via YouTube. 

SOUTH KOREA: On September 19, to mark the 30th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to South Korea, an online peace symposium was held on the philosophies of SGI President Ikeda and Dr. Young Seek Choue (1921–2012), founder of Kyung Hee University. 

Geneva, SWITZERLAND: On September 24, at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Elisa Gazzotti of the SGI Office for UN Affairs, who is co-chair of NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning, presented a statement on behalf of the group calling for states to take concrete action to promote the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. 

ONLINE: On September 24, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue held its fourth virtual dialogue “Climate Hope: Awareness into Action,” joined by 178 participants from 19 countries. Participants discussed ways of tackling climate change and the philosophy of SGI President Ikeda. 

WORLD: On September 27, the Soka Gakkai held an online World Youth General Meeting in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of October 2, Soka Gakkai World Peace Day. SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. The website created for the meeting featured a “dialogue counter” which recorded more than two million dialogues toward the meeting.  

NEW ZEALAND: On September 29, SGI-New Zealand Women’s Division Leader Bee Choo Lim gave an interview in the Seikyo Shimbun about the organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SGI-New Zealand has been engaged in a 1-2-3 campaign and members are also encouraging each other through phone calls and emails. Online meetings and small in-person meetings are being held, while following the government’s guidelines on social distancing.