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India-Japan Joint Symposium in Tokyo

On September 24, 2005, a joint symposium “Toward a Century of Nonviolence and Peace—Gandhism and SGI’s Philosophy” was held at Soka Gakkai Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Committee for the Centennial of Dr. Ramachandran’s Birth co-organized the symposium. Ten scholars and researchers from India and Japan spoke on creating an age of peace through nonviolent means, from the –perspective of Gandhism and Buddhism. At the symposium, Dr. Radhakrishnan state that the SGI’s vision for peace concur with those of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ramachandran, who challenged to free people from all oppression. He called on the participants to carry on the struggles of the three peace leaders, Gandhi, Dr. Ramachandran and the IOP founder Daisaku Ikeda, who have fought to emancipate women, spread a philosophy of respect for life and liberated religion to serve people. An exhibit about Dr. G. Ramachandran’s life and achievements was also displayed.


On the occasion, Dr. Radhakrishnan and Sister Mythili received the SGI Humanitarian Award and
the IOP Academic Award.
 
Greetings from Organizers
・Yasuo Morita, Representative Director of IOP
・Yoichi Kawada, Director of IOP
・N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Committee for the Centennial of Dr. Ramachandran’s Birth
 
Presentations
・Shuichi Yamamoto, Senior Research Fellow of IOP
  “Coexistence with the Global Environment”
 
・Sister Mythili, Managing Trustee of Madhavi Mandhiram Lok Seva Trust
  “G. Ramachandran’s Vision of the Ultimate Reality”
 
・S. N. Hari Kumar, Trustee-Secretary of Madhavi Mandhiram Lok Seva Trust
  “Gandhian Constructive Work for Nonviolent Social Change—Role of Madhavi Mandhiram Lok Seva Trust”
 
・Ken’ichi Maegawa, Research Fellow of IOP
  “On the Buddhist Thought about Peace and SGI”
 
・S. Hareendranth, Trustee of Madhavi Mandhiram Lok Seva Trust
  “Gandhi-Ramachandran link and Mentor and Disciple Spirit for Nonviolent Transformation”
 
・Takao Ito, Research Fellow of IOP
  “The concept of peace education in the tradition of SGI”
 
・Balram Kumar Upadhyay, Superintendent of Police, Thiruvananthapuram City
  “Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and Policing”
 
・Yumi Ninomiya, Research Fellow of IOP
  “View of Women of Nichiren Buddhism

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