Soka Gakkai Representative Speaks at José Martí International Conference
Between January 24 and 28, a Soka Gakkai delegation joined some 1,000 scholars and civil society representatives from 90 countries attending the 5th International Conference For World Balance in Havana, Cuba. The event, themed “With all and for the good of all,” was held to mark the 170th anniversary of the birth of José Martí, poet, philosopher and symbol of Cuban liberation. During the opening ceremony, messages from Pope Francis and President Daisaku Ikeda, among others, were introduced. On January 26, during a breakout session, Hajime Mizushima of the Soka Gakkai Office of International Affairs presented the organization’s activities for peace and nuclear disarmament and introduced President Ikeda’s January 11 statement on the crisis in Ukraine and “No First Use” of nuclear weapons.