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Lecture Commemorates 137th Birth Anniversary of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

On June 1, 2008, Ochanomizu University Professor Emeritus Susumu Toyama delivered a lecture titled "Towards a Century of Coexistence: Learning Soka Education from the First Three Presidents," commemorating the 137th birthday of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The lecture was sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Education Department and held in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture.

Examining Makiguchi's early major work, The Geography of Human Life, Prof. Toyama explored the educator's ideas about the harmonious coexistence of man and nature and compared these to the writings and activities of Makiguchi's successors, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.

Recalling Toda's robust assertion of humankind's "inviolable right to life" in his declaration for the abolition of nuclear weapons, Professor Toyama proposed that, akin to this right, there should be in place clear constitutional rights for the environment unrestrained by state authority and other existing laws.

[Adapted from an article in the June 7, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]