Tokyo, Jan 11, 2023: On January 11, 2023, peacebuilder and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), issued a statement decrying the cruelty and misery of war, calling for action aimed at restoring peace in Ukraine and steps to lessen the risk of the use of nuclear weapons.Read more
On January 21, SGI-USA opened the SGI Guam Ikeda Peace and Culture Center in Tamuning, Guam. A delegation led by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Soka Gakkai Senior Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa attended the opening ceremony to which President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. To mark the opening, the Guam Legislature presented a resolution recognizing the 48th anniversary of the January 26 founding of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and commending President and Mrs. Ikeda’s contributions to peace. At a separate event, the governor of Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero, signed a proclamation in recognition of the contributions that local Soka Gakkai members make to the community.
On January 14 and 15, the 3rd European Summit Towards the 100th Anniversary of the Soka Gakkai was held at the Soka Gakkai Italy center in Rome. Some 900 people from 34 countries attended the hybrid meeting. The event featured faith experiences, a report by Soka Gakkai representatives who had participated in COP27 and a study session facilitated by SGI Study Department Leader Seiichiro Harada. President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the meeting.
On December 3, SGI-Argentina (SGIAR) joined an annual community interfaith event, coordinated by the religious affairs bureau of the City of Buenos Aires, where different places of worship open their doors to the public. At the SGIAR Peace Auditorium and the Soka Women’s Peace Center, SGIAR presented the social engagement initiatives of SGIAR youth and displayed various exhibitions on the themes of peace, the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and the message of the Lotus Sutra were also on display.