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

  • SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo Japan Composite image of people clapping and sitting at desks in a large hall (left), and group of people walking down an aisle in a room of people waving and clapping (right). The opening ceremony, held at Soka Bunka (Culture) Center (left); at an exchange meeting in Ibaraki Prefecture (right) [© Seikyo Shimbun] SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo Japan:

    From June 27 to July 1, some 260 youth leaders from 60 countries and territories participated in the 2024 SGI Youth Training Course in Tokyo, Japan. The program included faith experiences by Sugeiry Diaz Reyes, young women’s leader from the Dominican Republic, and Taweesak Wattanasuthipong, young men’s leader from Thailand, a study session led by SGI Study Department Leader Seiichiro Harada and exchange meetings with local members at 10 places across the Kanto region. On the final day, there was a Q&A session with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. The youth also participated in the third Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the seven-year period leading up to Soka Gakkai’s centennial in 2030, that was held on June 29.

  • Toda Peace Institute Co-Organizes Workshop on Digital Technology and Peacebuilding Global People sitting in a conference room and a panel of three speakers on a stage. Toda Peace Institute Co-Organizes Workshop on Digital Technology and Peacebuilding Global:

    From June 24 to 27, a workshop titled “Deliberative Technologies, Democracy, and Peacebuilding” was co-organized by the Toda Peace Institute and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. Held at the university, the workshop was part of the Toda Peace Institute’s “Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding” program that is directed by Senior Research Fellow Dr. Lisa Schirch. Scholars and representatives of NGOs and IT companies from over 15 countries and territories discussed how a new class of deliberative technologies could facilitate dialogue and reduce polarization between opposing groups to strengthen democracy and social cohesion. Audrey Tang, former Minister of Digital Affairs for Taiwan, and Glen Weyl, founder and research lead of a Microsoft Research Special Project, presented on digital democracy. The Toda Peace Institute was founded by President Daisaku Ikeda in 1996.

  • SGI and UNHCR Organize Side Event at Global Consultations Global A panel of speakers seated at a long table. Nobuyuki Asai (fourth right), director for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs of the SGI, was the event moderator. [© Seikyo Shimbun] SGI and UNHCR Organize Side Event at Global Consultations Global:

    From June 11 to 13, SGI (Soka Gakkai International) representatives participated in the 2024 UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Global Consultations with NGOs in Geneva, Switzerland. On June 12, UNHCR and the SGI co-organized a side event titled "Building bridges through good practices.” Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR Representative for Italy, and Chiara Marchetti of CIAC, an Italian NGO providing support to refugees, shared insights on the UNHCR Community Matching project supported by Soka Gakkai Italy through “eight per thousand” funds. Laura Hassler, founder and director of Musicians Without Borders, reported on the Music Brings Us Together program in Jordan that is supported by the Soka Gakkai.   

  • SGI-Sweden Hosts Open Day Sweden Group of people posing for a photo outside a building Open day participants outside the SGI-Sweden center SGI-Sweden Hosts Open Day Sweden:

    On June 6, SGI-Sweden held an open day at its culture center near Stockholm. The event, marking the 35th anniversary of President Daisaku Ikeda’s visit to Sweden, featured choral and dance performances. It was attended by people from the local community and others who had learned about the event through social media.