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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020
Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

News Flash 

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Earth Charter, SGI will host an online seminar in Japanese and English on September 19 at 8 p.m. Japan time. Winners of the Shift to Green photo and video contest will be announced, the work of the Soka Amazon Institute in Brazil will be introduced, and Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat Mirian Vilela will give the keynote speech. For details on how to join, please click here.  

Seikyo Shimbun – Highlights 

WORLD: In August, Men’s Division meetings were held online in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao, Panama, Peru and Nicaragua to commemorate August 24, Men’s Division Day, marking the day SGI President Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai.  

MEXICO: On August 8, SGI-Mexico hosted a leaders training course online. Some 150 people joined the meeting and studied Volume 20 of The New Human Revolution

INDIA: On August 24, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) hosted an online symposium on SGI President Ikeda's 2020 peace proposal “Toward Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity.” The meeting was joined by more than 850 people, including scholars, educators, journalists and BSG members. On the same day, SGI President Ikeda contributed an article to The Times of India, calling for leaving no one behind amidst the pandemic. 

ONLINE: On August 27, SGI Director for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs Nobuyuki Asai introduced SGI’s exhibition and education activities at an online meeting between the United Nations Environment Programme and faith-based organizations. 

JAPAN: On August 28, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada announced that activities in Japan will focus on members and their families, on fostering capable people through one-on-one encouragement and on raising the next generation toward the World Youth General Meeting. He also emphasized adapting to online discussion meetings as the new normal. It was also announced that the Hall of the Great Vow will remain closed until the end of this year. 

JAPAN: On August 30, 3,000 student division members took a Buddhist study exam at 110 venues throughout Japan to mark August 31, Student Division Day. The study material covered the history of the Soka Gakkai and several of Nichiren’s writings. Due to the pandemic, the Student Division created new approaches to learning together, holding virtual study sessions and making presentation slides to summarize the materials. 

JAPAN: On August 31, the Soka Gakkai Youth Division released a video of the Japanese version of the new song “Eternal Journey with Sensei!” created for the upcoming World Youth General Meeting. [Click here for the English version released on September 2.] 

Aliso Viejo, USA: On September 1, Edward Feasel, president of Soka University of America, announced the official launch of the Life Sciences concentration and the opening of Marie and Pierre Curie Hall, the new science building. The Life Sciences concentration offers courses including public health, physiology and genetics, to prepare students for postgraduate studies in the medical field, applied research and biotechnology among others. 

INDIA: On September 3, it was reported in Seikyo Shimbun that SGI President Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada sent telegrams of condolence following the passing of former President of India Pranab Mukherjee on August 31, at the age of 84.  

JAPAN: The September 3 Seikyo Shimbun announced the results of a survey on young people's attitudes toward the novel coronavirus carried out by the Soka Gakkai Youth Division in Japan. In total, 20,049 people between the age of 10 and 40 responded to the online survey carried out between June 12 and 30. Among other results, the survey showed that more than 60% of respondents reported that the thing they came to appreciate the most while staying home was the value of meeting people face-to-face.