Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for May 22, 2020
JAPAN: On May 14, Soka Gakkai youth representatives held their sixth teleconference with Professor Takeo Fujiwara of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Associate Professor Yugo Shobugawa of Niigata University and the chairs of the Soka Youth Physicians Conference and the Soka Women Physicians Conference. They discussed what people should keep in mind after the state of emergency is lifted.
ONLINE: On May 14 and 15, representatives from the SGI Office for UN Affairs and the Soka Gakkai Office of Peace and Global Issues attended the UN75 People’s Forum for the UN We Need, held virtually to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Participants exchanged opinions on global issues and ways to strengthen cooperation between the UN, governments and civil society.
RUSSIA: On May 15, Seikyo Shimbun reported that the St. Petersburg Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers has released a Russian edition of Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death by SGI President Ikeda.
SINGAPORE: On May 16, Seikyo Shimbun reported that a new Soka Singapore Association center will be constructed in Punggol, slated to open in November 2021.
JAPAN: On May 19, it was announced that Soka Gakkai would donate 100 million yen (US$927,000) in total to the eight areas of the country where the COVID-19 state of emergency had not been lifted; - Hokkaido, Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.
INDIA: On May 20, chairperson of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) Vishesh Gupta gave an interview in Seikyo Shimbun about BSG’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. BSG has donated to the COVID-19 emergency fund created by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and many BSG health workers are risking their lives on the front line while others are supporting migrant workers and distributing daily necessities through NGOs. To commemorate May 3, over 110,000 BSG members participated in online district meetings across the country and BSG released its new song “Invincible Forever.” BSG members are sharing encouragement with their fellow members and friends and reaching out to public figures who have attended BSG meetings in the past.