July 31, 2014
Rees-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Japanese
Dialogue between Daisaku Ikeda and peace scholar Dr. Stuart Rees
TOKYO, Japan: On July 31, 2014, publisher Daisanbunmei-sha released Heiwa no tetsugaku to shigokoro o kataru (tentative translation: A Conversation on the Philosophy of Peace and the Poetic Spirit), a dialogue between Daisaku Ikeda and Dr. Stuart Rees, current chair and former director of the Sydney Peace Foundation and professor emeritus of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia. In this work the two authors cover such topics as the abolition of nuclear weapons, human rights education and peace and social justice. The dialogue was originally serialized in Daisanbunmei, a monthly commentary magazine, from June 2011 to May 2012.
Dr. Rees has worked for the War on Poverty programs in the United States and Save the Children in India and Sri Lanka. He was also a social worker in the United Kingdom and Canada and taught at leading universities in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. In 2005 Dr. Rees was awarded a Membership of the Order of Australia for his service to international relations, particularly in recognition of his role as the founding director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
Dr. Rees and Mr. Ikeda first met in May 1999 and again in April 2009 when the Sydney Peace Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of peace with justice and the practice of nonviolence in conflict resolution, presented Mr. Ikeda with its Gold Medal in recognition of his worldwide contributions to nonviolence and human rights education at a ceremony held in Tokyo, Japan. The idea of publishing a dialogue grew out of discussions they held when they met and was pursued through subsequent correspondence.
[Adapted from an article in the July 31, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]