Workshop and Symposia

Hiroshima Hosts Youth Peace Meeting and Lecture on Hiroshima

Mr. Tsuboi sharing his experience and determination for peace
Mr. Tsuboi sharing his experience and determination for peace

On July 24, Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima held the Hiroshima Youth Peace Meeting at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. They also hosted the 145th in a series of lectures titled "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the same venue. Sunao Tsuboi, one of the chairs of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-bomb Sufferers Organization, shared his experience as a hibakusha and his determination to work for abolishing nuclear weapons. He also addressed the mission of youth in Hiroshima.

In his lecture, Mr. Tsuboi described the cruelty of war and of atomic bombs. He also voiced a strong determination to fight against all nuclear weapons and never give up the effort to abolish nuclear weapons from this world.

Soka Gakkai youth leaders in Hiroshima introduced a dialogue between SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, in which they share their thoughts and their desire for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Kimio Yodoya, Soka Gakkai Youth Leader in Hiroshima, encouraged participants to learn the spirit of the three presidents of Soka Gakkai and engage in grassroots dialogue in order to raise awareness of the tragedy of the atomic bombing and the need to abolish nuclear weapons.

One participant stated, "Through attending this meeting, I have learned that war is an absolute evil. Humanity must never experience war again."

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