Tokyo, Jul 26, 2022: On July 26, ahead of the Tenth NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) Review Conference, SGI President Ikeda called on the five nuclear-weapon states to declare that they will never be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.Read more
On August 4, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) cosponsored a panel discussion titled “Avoiding Nuclear War: what short-term steps can be taken?” during the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held from August 1 to 26 in New York. The event was organized together with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN and other organizations. Following the event, participants met with the president of the Tenth NPT Review Conference, H.E. Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen. Hirotsugu Terasaki, director general for peace and global issues for the SGI, introduced the SGI's efforts for nuclear disarmament and presented Ambassador Zlauvinen with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s statement calling for “No First Use” of nuclear weapons. On August 5, Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee Vice Chair Chie Sunada introduced a joint statement signed by some 100 Faith Based Organizations at an interfaith event titled “Nuclear Prayer Day.”
On July 27, the Soka Institute of the Amazon hosted an event focusing on digitalization as a path to sustainability. The hybrid event brought together 200 participants from the Amazonas Hub of the UN Global Compact. Dr. Oscar Kenjiro Asakura, an expert on the Brazilian General Data Protection Act, stressed that digitalization can help minimize the use of paper and thereby benefit the environment.
From late July to early August, a series of events were held in Japan to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On July 24, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima hosted a tour of the Peace Memorial Park. On August 6, in Nagasaki, members held a “peace walk,” visiting the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, where they viewed relics of the atomic bombing. In both prefectures, meetings were also held at which hibakusha shared their testimonies.