Timeline

Timeline of SGI efforts toward nuclear abolition (1970s)

Year Date SGI Events Nuclear-Weapon Related Developments
1970 Mar. 5 The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) enters into force.
1973 Jun. 22 The Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War, signed by USA and USSR, enters into force.
1974 May 18 India conducts an underground nuclear test at Pokhran in the Rajasthan Desert.
1974 Jun. 23 Soka Gakkai youth members launch a campaign to record wartime experiences, including the sufferings of A-bomb victims. Based on this, the first in a series of antiwar publications is published.
1974 Sep. 7 Books containing 10 million signatures calling for nuclear abolition are compiled; in January 1975, they are presented to Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda (third president of Soka Gakkai).
1975 Jan. 26 A World Peace Conference is held in Guam; at the same time, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is established.
1975 Nov. 8 Daisaku Ikeda lays a wreath at the monument to the atomic-bomb victims in Hiroshima.
1976 Jun. 25 Exhibitions against war and nuclear arms, sponsored by Soka Gakkai's youth division, are viewed by 100,000 people in more than 30 cities throughout Japan.
1976 May 28 The governments of USA and USSR sign the Underground Nuclear Explosions for Peaceful Purposes (PNE) Treaty, which limits individual explosions to 150 kilotons and multiple explosions to 1,500 kilotons.
1978 May 22 Daisaku Ikeda submits a 10-point proposal on nuclear disarmament to the first Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Disarmament in New York.
1978 Jun. 24 The English edition of antiwar publication Cries for Peace is published, including experiences of sufferings of A-bomb victims.
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1979 Aug. 3 The Toda Peace Memorial Hall is opened in Yokohama as an antiwar exhibition hall.

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