TOKYO, 11 August 2020
Soka Gakkai expressed its commitment to work tirelessly for the complete elimination of such weapons and urged Japan to adhere to the aforementioned prohibition treaty. He stressed: “We are at a time when the Japanese government must express its willingness to participate in the TPAN and help to articulate the international debate on nuclear eradication”.
Yoshiki Tanigawa, President of the Soka Gakkai Peace Affairs Council, said: “We are living in an exacerbated global situation, in the face of the vestiges of a new nuclear arms race between the possessing countries and the covid-19 pandemic. Everything indicates that the military is unable to solve global challenges. How to effectively protect human security? (Full text available at: www.sgi.org/in-focus/press-releases/75th-anniversary-hiroshima-and-nagasaki.html)
On 6 and 8 August, the Soka Gakkai of Hiroshima and Nagasaki meetings will be held online in which the survivors of the atomic attacks (Hibakusha) will offer your experiences. The new testimonies of war, including the experiences of the Hibakusha, collected by Soka Gakkai youth from both prefectures in 2019, will be published this fall in an additional volume to an existing collection. In September, Japan’s Soka Gakkai will hold a national online youth meeting on the occasion of Japan’s capitulation.
Likewise, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) signed a Joint Interfaith Declaration for the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in which hundreds of religious entities such as Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam and other indigenous traditions participated. The document says: “The existence of a single nuclear arsenal violates the fundamental principles of our religious beliefs and threatens the inconceivable destruction of everything we value.” The signatories called on governments to ratify the TPAN and be aware of the effects of the nuclear explosion on the environment, health and the economy. (Full text available at: https://20561860-86b7-4801-a5d6-af3a3b4e6a59.filesusr.com/ugd/dca5da_26cbc5f57ae94e36a3394ff914d00893.pdf)
Soka Gakkai is a Buddhist organization made up of twelve million people worldwide who promote peace, culture and education. It has been promoting the abolition of nuclear weapons for more than sixty years, starting with the Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons issued by its president Josei Toda, on September 8, 1957.
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