Russian Edition of Zgurovsky-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine: Publisher Grad has released a Russian edition of a dialogue between National Technical University of Ukraine (NTUU) Rector Dr. Michael Z. Zgurovsky and Daisaku Ikeda. In the dialogue the authors discuss ways in which war and violence may be transformed into a global culture of peace and cite education and dialogue as the most tangible tools in facilitating this transformation.
The Russian edition, titled Japan and Ukraine--Their Respective Destinies, Their Shared Hopes, follows the dialogue's release in Japanese on May 3, 2011. At Dr. Zgurovsky's request the work was published in Russian rather than in Ukrainian to make it accessible to a wider audience.
Dr. Zgurovsky is an acknowledged authority on mathematics and cybernetics, the interdisciplinary study of the structure of complex systems, and has published some 30 books on these subjects. Following Ukrainian independence in 1991, he became rector of NTUU in 1992 and served as Ukraine's Minister of Education from 1994 to 1999.
Dr. Zgurovsky met Mr. Ikeda in Tokyo in April 2006 when, as a representative of NTUU, he visited Japan to confer an honorary doctorate on Mr. Ikeda. The idea of publishing a dialogue grew out of their discussions at that time.
The Japanese edition* of the dialogue, which first appeared as a serial in the monthly education magazine Todai from May 2008 to November 2009, was nearing its final stages of production when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. To express their sympathies and support for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that followed, Dr. Zgurovsky and Mr. Ikeda added a joint postscript, also included in the Russian edition, in which they state their unshakable belief in Japan's ability to recover from this disaster.
* The Japanese title is Heiwa no ashita e kyoiku no taiko—ukuraina to nihon no yujo (working title: The Great Light of Education toward the Dawn of Peace: Ukraine-Japan Friendship).
[Adapted from an article in the July 18, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]