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October 9, 2014

Weizsäcker-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Japan

Weizsäcker-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Japan

A dialogue between Dr. Weizsäcker and Mr. Ikeda published in Japanese

TOKYO, Japan: Ushio Publishing Co. has released the Japanese hardcover edition of Chikyu kakumei e no chosen--ningen to kankyo o kataru (working title: The Challenge of Global Transformation--Humanity and the Environment), a dialogue between German environmentalist Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda. Their dialogue on building a sustainable global society was originally serialized in Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine, and in the Japanese edition of The Journal of Oriental Studies, a biannual journal of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), in eight installments from December 2011 to May 2014. The dialogue has been reedited for the book, which also includes new material.

Dr. Weizsäcker is a foremost authority on global environmental policy and presently serves as co-president of the Club of Rome. Mr. Ikeda, who is an honorary member of this acclaimed global think tank based in Rome, Italy, has also published dialogues with founder and first president Aurelio Peccei and honorary president Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner.

Throughout the dialogue, Dr. Weizsäcker and Mr. Ikeda share common concerns for a sustainable future and concur that understanding the concept of human revolution is crucial to overcoming global issues and transforming society.

Dr. Weizsäcker and Mr. Ikeda first met in March 2010 on the campus of Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. The idea of collaborating on a dialogue grew out of discussions they held at that time and was continued through written correspondence.

[Adapted from an article in the October 9, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]