January 14, 2016
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Jamphel Shonu
A member of Japanese Parliament welcoming Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay to the breakfast meeting, 13 January 2016.

A member of Japanese Parliament welcoming Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay to the breakfast meeting, 13 January 2016.

TOKYO: Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay met several members of the Japanese Parliament at an informal breakfast meeting on 13 January. The breakfast meeting was held at the House of Representatives building in Tokyo.

During the breakfast, Sikyong briefed the lawmakers about the critical political situation prevailing inside Tibet and the rapid environmental degradation including melting of glaciers on the Tibetan plateau. Sikyong said that the melting of glaciers which are the source of Asia’s major rivers could have severe implications on downstream countries like Bangladesh and India.

Sikyong also spoke about the wave of self-immolation protests that have taken place inside Tibet since 2009 and described the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans as their unanimous demands.

Sikyong also spoke about the growing support for the Middle Way Approach pursued by Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the Tibet issue. He said that world leaders including US President Barack Obama and EU President Donald Tusk voiced their support to the Middle Way Approach.

The Japanese parliamentarians, on their part, expressed their solidarity and assured their continued support towards the Tibet issue. They also called for more such visits from the Tibetan leadership to garner more support for the Tibetan struggle in Japan.

Following the breakfast, Sikyong held a meeting with the Chairperson and members of Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, a reputed Japanese think-tank led by Ms Sakurai Yoshiko, a staunch Tibet supporter and a well-known Japanese  TV personality. At the meeting, Sikyong discussed the dangers of China’s political mindset with its tendency of Han Chauvinism and right-wing aggressive nationalism. He called for a civilizational shift in China to transform its aggressive mindset to a more pacified Buddhist mindset to avoid the dangers that it could cause both to itself and its neighbors.

Sikyong also talked about the lack of artistic liberties in Tibet as well as in Mainland China citing several examples of popular artistes who have voiced their concern.

He further talked about the growing number of Buddhists among Mainland Chinese and the fact that an increasing number of Chinese Buddhists come to the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India, remarking hopefully that change could be ushered in China through the agency of Buddhist philosophies such as non-violence and compassion.

He also expressed gratitude to the international community for their financial aid and moral support to strengthen the Central Tibetan Administration and other Tibetan institutions, adding that freedom for the Tibetan people and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet remain the present Kashag’s two major objectives.

Following the meeting, Sikyong left for Narita Airport for his flight back to India.

This is Dr Lobsang Sangay’s second visit to Japan as Sikyong. His visit included a series of talks at Japanese colleges and a visit to the new Office of Tibet building. Sikyong last visited Japan in April 2012.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay with Japanese Parliamentarians at the breakfast meeting.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay with Japanese Parliamentarians at the breakfast meeting.

A group photo of Sikyong with the Japanese parliamentarians.

A group photo of Sikyong with the Japanese parliamentarians.

Sikyong with the Chairman and members of Japan National Institute of fundamentals.

Sikyong and Representative Mr Lungtok meeting with Chairman and members of Japan Institute for National Fundamentals following the breakfast meeting with Japanese Parliamentarians.

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