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News Highlights from Seikyo Shimbun
(the Soka Gakkai's daily newspaper)

  • Min-On Concert Association Awarded Ethnomusicology Prize Japan "" Min-On Concert Association President Kazuto Ito (right) receives the award [© Seikyo Shimbun] Min-On Concert Association Awarded Ethnomusicology Prize Japan:

    On June 3, the Min-On Concert Association, a Soka Gakkai affiliate, was a recipient of the 31st Koizumi Prize, an award sponsored by the Koizumi Fumio Memorial Archives to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to ethnomusicology. Fumio Koizumi was one of Japan's leading ethnomusicologists. During the award ceremony, Professor Shin Nakagawa, a specially appointed professor at Osaka City University, who was the fourth winner of the award, spoke in recognition of Min-On's contributions to promoting the music of various ethnic groups through concerts and fieldwork.

  • Commemorating Makiguchi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Japan A group of two students and four adults pose behind a small banner written in Japanese Book donation at Arahama Elementary School [© Seikyo Shimbun] Commemorating Makiguchi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Japan:

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi on June 9, the Soka Gakkai in Japan donated a total of 900 books to three elementary schools in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture, between June 2 and 4. Today, Kashiwazaki City encompasses the village of Arahama where Makiguchi was born. Over the next five years, additional books will be donated each year. One of the three schools was Arahama Elementary School, which President Makiguchi attended as a child. On June 5, the Soka Gakkai Education Department in Japan hosted an online commemorative lecture at the Kashiwazaki Makiguchi Memorial Center, titled "From Educational Practice to Philosophy of Value." Professor Takao Ito of Soka University described how President Makiguchi’s educational practices focused on fostering autonomous learners in a collaborative environment.

     

  • Soka University of America Commencement Ceremony USA An image of the SUA campus [© Seikyo Shimbun] Soka University of America Commencement Ceremony USA:

    On May 28, Soka University of America (SUA) held its 17th commencement ceremony. The online ceremony marked the graduation of 88 undergraduate students from 16 countries and 6 graduate students from 5 countries. Rev. James Lawson, an icon of the US civil rights movement, gave the keynote speech. As founder of the university, President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message.

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