Daisaku Ikeda

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

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 ...

Feb 16, 2010

Steps toward nuke-free world

In recent years there has been a growing chorus of calls for a world free from nuclear weapons. The Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference scheduled for this May will be a crucial test of the international community’s ability to unite toward this goal. Two ...

Sep 8, 2009

Global solidarity to denuclearize

If nuclear weapons epitomize the forces that would divide and destroy the world, they can only be overcome by the solidarity of ordinary citizens. This solidarity has the power to make hope an irresistible force transforming history. Although the threat of global nuclear war ...

Jan 31, 2008

Say no to nukes in the Arctic

“The Arctic is the barometer of the globe’s environmental health. You can take the pulse of the world in the Arctic. Inuit, the people who live farther north than anyone else, are the canary in the global coal mine.’‘ These words are from an ...

Apr 12, 2007

Transforming our way of living

This year, the Doomsday Clock devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was advanced two minutes, for the first time in five years. It now stands at 11:55 p.m., just five minutes away from the “midnight” of human annihilation. This change not ...