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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights 

 

Soka Amazon Institute Launches Tree-planting Project 

On September 21, the Soka Institute for Environmental Studies and Research of the Amazon in Manaus, Brazil, launched an initiative to plant more than 150,000 trees over a four-year period in honor of each Brazilian victim of COVID-19, starting in Amazonas State. During the launch ceremony, 15 saplings of native species including rosewood were planted. 

US Municipalities and Lower House Members Commend SGI President Ikeda 

On October 2, various municipalities and members of the House of Representatives across the US commended SGI President Ikeda in commemoration of his first visit to the country in 1960 and in recognition of his contributions to peace. In 1975, for instance, he donated some 10,000 books to the Library of Congress. SGI-USA members have striven to build a network of humanism, following SGI President Ikeda’s guidance to be good citizens. In 2001, members in Torrance started an ongoing tree-planting project with the city, since planting hundreds of cherry trees. 

Marking the 60th anniversary of his first visit, on October 2, 2020, the City of Torrance conferred an award and an honorary citizenship upon SGI President Ikeda, and the Borough of Highland Park in New Jersey also bestowed an award. Two members of the US House of Representatives; Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. and Dina Titus, proclaimed October 2, 2020, as Dr. Daisaku & Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda World Peace Day and Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Peace Day, respectively. The State of Colorado, King Country in the State of Washington and Washington DC proclaimed October 2, 6 and 16, 2020, as Dr. Daisaku Ikeda World Peace Day, Daisaku & Kaneko Ikeda SGI World Peace Day and World Peace Day, respectively.  

Virtual Gatherings Commemorate SGI President Ikeda’s First Visit to US 

On October 4, SGI-USA held 13 online regional meetings to commemorate the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to the country. At each meeting, pioneer members shared faith experiences, the Ikeda Youth Ensemble performed the song “Youth with a Noble Vow,” and a congratulatory message from SGI President Ikeda was shared. For the online meeting in Hawaii, Governor of Hawaii David Ige sent a video message.  

Eastern European Leaders Hold Online Training Course 

On October 4, Men’s Division and Women’s Division leaders in eastern Europe held an online training course. Topics such as how to encourage members at this challenging time were covered in a Q and A session, and two representatives shared their faith experiences. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Women's Division Leader Suzanne Pritchard gave encouragement.  

Online Meetings Mark Anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s First Visit to Brazil 

In the month of October, Brazil SGI held regional online meetings to commemorate the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first visit to the country. SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. On October 20, the Seikyo Shimbun carried an interview with Professor of International Law at the University of São Paulo Masato Ninomiya, a key figure in Japan-Brazil relations who was part of the team translating The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Volume 1 into Portuguese. He shared how he deepened his understanding of Buddhist philosophy and the Soka Gakkai through involvement in the translation into Portuguese of the dialogue Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century between SGI President Ikeda and Austregésilo de Athayde.