2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate ICAN representatives Executive Director Beatrice Fihn and International Steering Group member Akira Kawasaki visited Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Tokyo on January 17 and were welcomed by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada.

SGI Youth Leader Mitsushiro Takeoka presented the book “Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget,” containing over 50 testimonies by hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) including that of his own grandmother, published by the Soka Gakkai Youth Division in September 2017.

Ms. Fihn stressed the importance of the voices of ordinary citizens being heard throughout the world toward making the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons come into force. She also thanked SGI for their active participation in ICAN’s success so far and expressed her wish to deepen the collaboration between ICAN and SGI.