Nearly 130 states are participating in U.N. negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons, but nuclear-weapons states and nuclear-dependent states, including Japan, are not among their number.
For Daisaku Ikeda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan should play an active role in building consensus in the negotiations toward the conclusion of a nuclear weapons treaty starting in late March.
"The heart of all discussions of human rights is the battle against discrimination. All human beings are equal. No discrimination is permissible. Absolutely none."
Many countries have started to advance toward the shared goal of a world free from nuclear weapons. What is needed now is to breathe new energizing life into that vision.
Shared concern and empathetic openness to the suffering of others holds the key to fighting climate change.
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.
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.
The president of Soka Gakkai International urges Japan, China and South Korea to take the initiative in building a model of cooperation that will serve to mutually strengthen regional resilience to extreme-weather events and other disasters.
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.
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 important ...