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Soka Gakkai Calls for Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Urges Ratification of UN Nuclear Ban Treaty on 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing
TOKYO, Aug. 6, 2020 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

On August 6, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soka Gakkai Buddhist organization put out a 
statement calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the early entry 
into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). 

The Soka Gakkai pledges to exert all efforts for the complete elimination of 
nuclear weapons and also urges the Japanese government to move toward 
participation in the TPNW, stating, "At this deeply significant juncture, the 
government of Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bombings during 
war, should announce its readiness to consider participation in the TPNW, thus 
positively shaping the discourse on the elimination of nuclear weapons within 
the international community." 

In the statement, Yoshiki Tanigawa, chair of the Soka Gakkai Council on Peace 
Issues, states, "In recent years, there are signs that a nuclear arms race 
among the nuclear-weapon states is again intensifying. At the same time, the 
global spread of the novel coronavirus has demonstrated that military force is 
incapable of resolving global challenges, compelling us to confront the 
question of what constitutes authentic security for human beings." 

See full statement at 

On August 6 and 8 respectively, the Soka Gakkai in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will 
hold online meetings to listen to testimonies of hibakusha, the survivors of 
the atomic bombings. Over the past year, youth members in these areas have 
continued to collect testimonies of wartime experiences, including those of 
hibakusha, aiming to publish the latest volume this fall. The Soka Gakkai in 
Japan will also hold an online youth summit toward the renunciation of war in 

At the global level, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International), with around 200 
organizations of different faith backgrounds, including Buddhist, Christian, 
Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim and indigenous traditions, has signed a Joint 
Interfaith Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The statement affirms that "the presence of even one 
nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions 
and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear." It lays 
out the environmental, health and economic consequences of a nuclear explosion 
and urges governments to ratify the TPNW. This is the twelfth such interfaith 
statement issued since 2014, supported by a growing number of faith groups. 

Read the statement here:

The Soka Gakkai is a global Buddhist organization with 12 million members 
around the world that promotes peace, culture and education. The Soka Gakkai 
has worked toward the abolition of nuclear weapons for 60 years, since the 
Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons issued by second Soka 
Gakkai President Josei Toda on September 8, 1957. 

Source: Soka Gakkai

Joan Anderson
International Office of Public Information
Soka Gakkai 
Tel: +81-80-5957-4711
E-mail: anderson[at]