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"Thank You Japan" Event in Tokyo

April 6, 2009

Tibet House, Japan
April 3, 2009

Tokyo -- As a part of the events to commemorate
the 50 years in exile, Liaison Office of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan & East Asia
organized “Thank You Japan� event in Tokyo to
thank the Government and people of Japan for
their support and encouragement during these critical 50 years in exile.

Representative Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko welcomed the
gathering and said that during the course of
these 50 years, the Government and people of
Japan have showed good understanding and
comparatively good support to the Tibetan cause.
He spoke about the tragedy of Tibet since Chinese
occupation in which 1.2 million died and 6000 monasteries were destroyed.

Mr. Lhakpa described the current situation in
Tibet as tense, as if it is under martial law.
With Tibet shut out to the foreign media and
diplomats, he fears culture genocide going on in Tibet.

He briefly dwelt upon the history of Japan-Tibet
relation, and thanked the Government,
monasteries, institutions and individual
supporters who all greatly helped the Tibetan
people in rehabilitation process and to continue
their struggle for peace and justice. He
reiterated his gratitude and requested for this
continued show of support to the Tibetan people.

Mr Yukio Edano, a Member of Parliament, Chairman
of Japanese Parliamentary for Tibet said he was
happy to be able to participate in this event. In
his opening remarks he said, “Actually it is
we, Japanese have to thank the Tibetan not the
other way round, despite great difficulty and
hardship, the Tibetan people fought courageously
for the peace, justice and freedom for their
homeland. We have greatly learned from their rich
and peaceful culture and from their indomitable spirit.�

He said Mongolia has also lived under communist
regime for some 90 years; today they are freely
practicing their rich Buddhist culture. “Tibet
too shall have the days of its freedom and we
shall continue to work through our Parliament to
bring peaceful resolution to the Tibet issue�

Other speakers were Mr. Nakano, President of
OISCA International and Mr. Hiraoka of Seifu
Gakkuen School, two long time supporters of
Tibetan people. Representing Tibet supporters in
Japan, they spoke on how they came across the
Tibetan issues, and felt the need to do something
to help victims of oppressive regime. They also
said about the great need to preserve the great
religious culture of Tibet and concluded their
statement that Japanese people will continue to
stand by the Tibetan till the days of freedom visit Tibet.

Around 170 Japanese and Tibetans gathered at
Kosenenkin Hall at Shinjuku, Tokyo to participate
in the two-hour events. The event was covered by
some medias representing Newspapers and local televisions.

Many Japanese participants gave interviews and
expressed high regard for the teaching of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and his approach to solve
the Tibetan issue through mutual discussion. Many
expressed their view that the Tibet issue is not
an internal affair of China; it is an issue of
human right and justice that international
communities must seek to address. Some said
Chinese attitude is testing Tibetan people`s
patience, but there definitely will be a bright
light at the end of dark tunnel. Many felt happy
that their efforts to do something for Tibet have
been recognized by the Tibetans through this [Thank You Japan] event.
Tibet House, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

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