Anti-Nuclear Declaration

Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda issuing his call for the abolition of nuclear weapons (Yokohama, September 1957)
Second Soka Gakkai President
Josei Toda issuing his call for the
abolition of nuclear weapons
(Yokohama, September 1957)

At the height of the Cold War, nuclear weapons, capable of destroying all life, cast a dark and terrifying shadow over the destiny of all humankind. The Soviet Union had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the United States had developed what it claimed were "clean" hydrogen bombs with maximized destructive capacity and minimized radioactive fallout.

It was in this setting of a world beset with fear and helplessness, on September 8, 1957, that second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda (1900-58) made an impassioned declaration to the youth of the Soka Gakkai, calling on them to take up the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons, harshly condemning such weapons and anyone who would threaten "humanity's collective right to life" by using them.

In his declaration, Toda emphasized the conviction that since human beings created the atomic bomb, human beings must also ensure its abolition. This call became the impetus for the SGI's global peace movement, in which nuclear weapons abolition remains a primary focus.

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