Workshop and Symposia

Forum and Prayer Service Commemorate Global Nuclear Abolition Day

Various events were held throughout the world to launch June 5, Nuclear Abolition Day, initiated by International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). SGI supported by holding an anti-nuclear forum and prayer service.

On May 26, 2010, a forum educating young people about nuclear abolition and the May NPT Review Conference 2010 that was held in New York took place at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The event was sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference.

The forum began with the screening of a film created by Masaaki Tanabe, a video artist and survivor of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. Using state-of-the-art 3D computer graphic technology, Mr. Tanabe has been recreating scenes of what city life was like in and around Ground Zero in Hiroshima prior to the 1945 atomic bombing. This latest work, which was also screened during the NPT Review Conference 2010, was shown for the first time in Japanese.

Following the film, Mr. Tanabe gave a talk introducing the reactions and feedback he had received from viewers during the NPT review. He shared his aspirations for young people to succeed the mission of conveying the tragedy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, introducing facts such as the Hiroshima Peace Park standing on what was formerly one of the busiest streets in pre-war Japan.

A member of the audience remarked that she was overwhelmed by the powerful images in the film, which enabled her to evoke for the first time distinct impressions of the daily lives of Hiroshima citizens of that era.

On June 4, 2010, SGI held a Nuclear Abolition Prayer, during which the participants offered their heartfelt prayers and reaffirmed their dedication to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the adoption of the Nuclear Weapons Convention. Following the service, one of the participants commented that she was inspired and encouraged by the opportunity to pray together, saying she was able to renew her determination to take action toward nuclear abolition.

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