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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

News Flash 

Malaysia Becomes the 46th Country to Ratify the TPNW 

On September 30, the ceremony for Malaysia’s ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also known as Wisma Putra, with the SGI/ICAN exhibition “Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” as a backdrop. In his statement, read by Deputy Foreign Minister Dato' Kamarudin Jaffar, Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein described Soka Gakkai International and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) as two of several “invaluable partners” who had supported the government’s efforts towards ratification. The exhibition was on display at Wisma Putra from September 28 to October 2, cohosted by SGM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On September 26, toward the ratification, the SGM Student Division organized an online symposium calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. (See SGM press release.

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights 

Chicago, USA: On September 9, the City Council of the City of Chicago declared SGI President Ikeda an honorary citizen in recognition of his varied contributions to the city through the promotion of peace, justice and education since his first visit in 1960, and the social contributions of a diverse SGI-USA membership of 20,000 in Chicago.  

AUSTRIA: On September 20, SGI-Austria held an online nationwide leaders meeting. Representatives from each division shared faith experiences. 

SINGAPORE: On September 24, Singapore Soka Association and the Wee Kim Wee Centre at Singapore Management University cohosted the 6th Annual Ikeda Peace and Harmony Lecture online, joined by some 1,100 people. Dipesh Chakrabarty, the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, spoke on the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and ecosystem changes. 

USA: On October 2, Soka Gakkai World Peace Day, various regions celebrated the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s first overseas trip to the USA. The State of Hawaii, the Borough of Brooklyn of New York City and the 10th District of the City of Los Angeles conferred awards upon SGI President Ikeda in recognition of his contributions to peace. The City and County of Honolulu, the Borough of Manhattan in New York City and the City of Las Vegas proclaimed October 2, 2020, as “the 60th anniversary of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda and Kaneko Ikeda, Vow for World Peace Day,” “Daisaku Ikeda Appreciation Day” and “Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Peace Day,” respectively. 

Punggol, SINGAPORE: On October 3, the ground-breaking ceremony of a new Singapore Soka Association center was held in Punggol. The ceremony was broadcast live to 6,000 members. 

HONG KONG: On October 6, the Seikyo Shimbun reported that the publishing house Cosmos Books released a traditional Chinese edition of the second half of The New Human Revolution Vol. 30. 

Media – News watch 

The Star (Malaysia): Treasuring a world free from nuclear weapons (October 7, 2020)  

To mark Malaysia’s ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), Soka Gakkai Malaysia was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show its anti-nuclear exhibition at the Ministry, Wisma Putra, where the organization’s efforts toward nuclear abolition were acknowledged by the Foreign Minister. 

“IN CONJUNCTION with Malaysia’s ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on Sept 30, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) was invited by the Foreign Ministry to hold an anti-nuclear exhibition titled Everything You Treasure — For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons. The exhibition at Wisma Putra in Putrajaya attracted hundreds of people, including ministry officials, Malaysian Red Crescent Society national chairperson Tunku Puteri Syafinaz Intan and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) former president Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy. Others included ambassadors, former Malaysian diplomats, representative of civil society organisations and students from SMK Putrajaya Presint 5 (1). At the signing ceremony of the instrument of ratification of the TPNW, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein described SGM as one of several ‘invaluable partners’ within Malaysia who supported the government’s efforts towards ratifying this treaty. In his speech, SGM general director Koh Sia Feai said, ‘SGM has always upheld a strong and unwavering position against nuclear weapons. This is a new beginning of our long journey towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and we will continue our efforts in promoting disarmament education through anti-nuclear exhibitions, peace talks, seminars and the Rakan TPNW social media platforms. It is also crucial that we continue to work together with others who share the same goals,’ he added. SGM congratulated Malaysia and applauded its move in ratifying the nuclear ban treaty, making it the 46th country in the world to become a state party to the treaty. Four more ratifications are needed before the treaty enters into force globally. International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn also sent a video message congratulating Malaysians and lauding the government’s efforts in working towards abolishing nuclear weapons.” Read more