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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Seikyo Shimbun is a Soka Gakkai daily newspaper

WORLD: On May 2, the “World Conference 2020: Youth Assembly,” a global youth conference addressing nuclear abolition and other issues, was held online due to COVID-19. More than 300 youth activists from NGOs around the world took part. Anna Ikeda from the SGI Office for UN Affairs played a key role in months of preparation and the running of the conference. 

INDIA: On May 3, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) released a new song “Invincible Forever” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda’s inauguration as third president of the Soka Gakkai. BSG members of all ages sing and dance at home to the song in the official music video.

São Luís, BRAZIL: On May 8, Seikyo Shimbun reported that the Maranhão Academy of Legal Letters had welcomed SGI President Ikeda as an honorary member in recognition of his contributions to building a culture of peace.

JAPAN: On May 12, Seikyo Shimbun reported that the Soka Gakkai in Japan has officially joined the “Re-Energy 100 Declaration RE Action,” a new framework for enterprises and organizations in Japan that have committed to the goal of 100% renewable energy utilization by 2050.

SINGAPORE: On May 14, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Women’s Division Leader Sek Soon Heng gave an interview in Seikyo Shimbun about SSA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SSA members engage in “Courageous 1-2-3 action” each day, aiming to chant for an hour, encourage two friends and study The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and SGI President Ikeda’s guidance for 30 minutes. Online meetings are also being held. SSA youth volunteers have helped with the government’s activities to distribute free hand sanitizers to all households. In partnership with Singapore Red Cross, SSA will also offer its headquarters as a venue for a blood donation drive. Around 100 SSA health care workers are risking their lives on the front line every day.

JAPAN: On May 14, the Fife & Drum Corps members’ “at-home” performance of the newly-created youth song “Step Forward” was made available as an online video.