TOKYO: Tibetan political leader Dr Lobsang Sangay today held an interactive conversation with Ms Yoshiko Sakurai, the most influential adviser to the government of Japan and ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Their conversation will be published in a leading news media.
During their hour and half long dialogue, they discussed about issues like new US administration under President Donald Trump’s policy towards China and Japan, and how it will shape issues concerning Tibet.
Ms Sakurai, a veteran journalist and head of think tank, Japan Institute of National Fundamentals, expressed her strong support for Tibetans and Tibet.
Ms Sakurai expressed her hope that the Japanese government will follow what Indian government has done for Tibetan cause.
“It is a good opportunity for young leaders like you and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to create a much better world than the past leaders had attempted to do. The young leaders should correct the shortcomings of the past leaders,” Ms Sakurai told Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay.
Tibetan political leader Dr Sangay spoke about his administration’s five-fifty strategy, which calls for a renewed effort in the Tibetan people’s struggle to seek genuine autonomy in the next five years while strategising to strengthen and sustain the Tibetan movement over the next fifty years.
“We have to protect and preserve our unique Tibetan identity and tradition. We need to build self-reliance in the Tibetan world, in both education and economy,” Sikyong said. “Five-Fifty is a strategy for success because we can either achieve genuine autonomy in the next five years or China will gradually change for the better in the next fifty years,” he added.
“What you said is very encouraging and Japan’s elites and politicians get more encouragement and do more for Tibet. I hope more Tibetans could travel to Japan and more Japanese could visit Dharamsala,” Ms Sakurai said.
Sikyong said Japan has made a well-balanced development in terms of democracy and culture. Japan has a major say in the international matter and assertive global status. All the Buddhist countries should learn from how Japan has created space to support the issue of Tibet issue.
Later in the afternoon, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay addressed prominent leaders and journalists at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo.
Responding to a reporter’s question on President Donald Trump’s policy towards China and Tibet, Sikyong said it does not matter whichever party comes to power, the US Presidents have always supported dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s envoys and the Chinese government and the Middle Way Approach to resolve the Tibet issue.
Tibetan political leader Dr. Lobsang Sangay thanked the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his recent statement “encouraging dialogue between Beijing and Representatives of Tibet’s “Government in Exile” and/or the Dalai Lama. He stressed that he will also encourage Beijing and the Governments of all nations to respect and preserve the distinct religious, linguistic, and cultural identity of the Tibetan people worldwide.”
Tomorrow Sikyong will meet members of Japanese Parliament which formed a Japanese Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet last November. Sikyong will speak on Tibet and Freedom of Religion at the meeting being organised at the House of Representatives building in Tokyo.