Daisaku Ikeda

For Daisaku Ikeda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 6, 2016

Empathy key to human rights

"The heart of all discussions of human rights is the battle against discrimination. All human beings are equal. No discrimination is permissible. Absolutely none."

Mar 5, 2015

Calling for an early Japan-China-South Korea summit

The president of Soka Gakkai International urges Japan to renew its pledge to build lasting peace, strengthen cooperation in addressing environmental problems, and step up efforts to contribute to stability and development throughout Asia.

Nov 4, 2014

A chain reaction of empowerment

More than anything, the world needs people who will take active steps to transform their own local community when it comes to dealing with any of the bewildering array of threats confronting humanity today.

Feb 25, 2013

China and Japan: vital ties

Japan and China should reconfirm pledges made in the 1978 friendship treaty and set up a forum for dialogue to prevent ties from declining further.

Dec 23, 2011

Learning about dignity

On Dec. 19 the United Nations General Assembly, meeting in New York, adopted a historic new U.N. Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. As the first internationally agreed standard for human rights education officially proclaimed by the U.N., the new document provides an ...

Jun 28, 2011

The courage to rebuild

“The journey of life is not smooth and unimpeded, but may be fraught with difficulties exceeding our worst nightmares,” observed Kan’ ichi Asakawa (1873-1948), a historian and peace advocate originally from Fukushima Prefecture. More than three months have now passed since the March 11 ...

Feb 23, 2011

Civil society must push nuke ban

Last year, important international conferences were held to tackle such pressing global challenges as climate change and nuclear disarmament. While these conferences saw the emergence of constructive new consensus, it is not enough simply to sound the alarm: The time has come for action ...