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GL And Basil Visit Japan

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa held discussions with Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Seiji Maehara and former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda

The visit by External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa to Japan from July 26-30 is expected to help further enhance the strong and friendly relations between the two countries.

Peiris and Rajapaksa have met with the Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Seiji Maehara and Former Prime Minister of Japan and Honorary President of the Japan – Sri Lanka Association, Yasuo Fukuda.

The External Affairs Ministry stated that during their meeting with Maehara, the External Affairs and Economic Development Ministers have stated that as Sri Lanka has entered a period of peace and political stability, there were opportunities now available in Sri Lanka for rapid economic development after the eradication of terrorism.

The two Ministers have stated that Japanese companies have a vigorous role to play in the development of infrastructure in a variety of fields including highways, irrigation systems, power and energy, and the health sector.

In particular, they had described the dramatic growth of tourism in the country and the substantial investment which is currently being made in the expansion of the hotel sector and the upgrading of facilities in Sri Lanka. Minister Maehara was also apprised of the details pertaining to the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the efforts made for the restoration of their livelihoods.

Minister Maehara has in turn congratulated President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka on the eradication of terrorism and pledged the continuing co-operation of the new Government of Japan in respect of the invigoration of Sri Lanka’s economy at this crucial time, in keeping with the spirit of friendship and goodwill which has characterized the relationship between Sri Lanka and Japan over the decades.

He has also stated that the Government of Japan will ensure that the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) will be continuously extended to Sri Lanka in the fields of infrastructure and tourism.

Ministers Peiris and Rajapaksa have also extended an invitation to Maehara to visit Sri Lanka.

Thereafter, Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan and Honorary President of the Japan – Sri Lanka Association had received the two visiting Sri Lankan Ministers in Tokyo.

10 Comments for “GL And Basil Visit Japan”

  1. raj

    Japan’s cruelty brought US’s neculear weapons. We can’t forget the history ! Japan faced its consequences. Same Japan supports another cruelty in other part of the planet in the present world.

  2. BE POSITIVE.NOW WHAT NEED IS TO DEVELOP THIS COUNTRY ECONOMICALY.OFFER ALL THE SUPPORT TO WHO EVER THERE TO TAKE THE COUNTRY TO PROSPERITY.IS IT NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE EXPERIENCED AND LOSSESS SUFFERED FOR ALL COMMUNITIES?.NOW STOP FIGHT AND PAY ATTENTION,HOW TO BE RICH.PEOPLE NEED MONEY AND PROSPERITY TO HAVE BETTER LIFE.

    ALL PEOPLE AND ALL THE COUNTRIES HAVE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES.THINK ABOUT POSITIVE AND THANK FOR THE JAPANESE SUPPORT FOR ALL POOR COUNTRIES IN WORLD.JAPAN IS A MAJOR EXAMPLE FOR THEASSISITENCE GIVING TO POOR COUNTRIES TO BECOME RICHER.

  3. raj: The excuse US had been giving all this time is that they used the nuclear bombs to end the war quickly. Now you are saying; Japan was bombed with nuclear weapons because of it cruelty.

    I cannot imagine, how on earth one could talk of justifying the bombing of two cities with nuclear weapons killing at least 300,000 innocent people instantly because that country or its leaders had been cruel. Hundreds of thousands may have suffered or died afterwards. I can now visualise the thoughts of LTTE rump. Our forces ought to be alert on these sort of mad guys for good many years to come.

    raj; LTTE had done much much more cruel things than the Japanese. What more cruel than using own pregnant women as human bombs. The Japanese may not have even thought of it.

    • raj

      Leela:

      I am not talking for LTTE or anyone else. Since I left the country 25 years ago, I never returned to that country or never participated in local politics and will not participate in local politics. But I can’t stop myself for standing up against cruelty that happened in Sri Lanka to innocent Tamils. Becasue I did not agree either with LTTE or GOSL. Japan by invading China, did cruelty on chinese. I condemned that act. You forget about how 40,000 people were massacared in 2009 without any warning! Do you agree with that type of crime? I don’t. I condemn and look for international action. We should always stand up for justice regardless of who commit crime.

  4. N.C.Wijeratne

    Thanks to JR Jayawardana-who consolidated our friendship with Japan-
    With GL there we might stand to lose?

    • Jayaweera, Whitbym, Canada

      N.C. Wijeratne: Please be possitive, wthout being politicaly biased

  5. san

    Raj, it is very sad to see being a tamil, that you support the killing of more than 250,000 Japan innocent civilians during the world war II?. And you justify the killing of innocent people to win or make leaders surrendor. But in the mean time you oppose what SL government did during the war in North and East (I dont say that SL Government did, but most of the tamils claim). We as humans oppose whether it was in Japan or in Jafna. Killing of innocent people purposefully to win or make the leaders surrendor was wrong and is wrong. Those who did it in Japan and who did it in Sri Lankan to be brought in to justice

    • raj

      San:

      Like you I condemn all killings and cruelty. Becasue of Hitler’s cruelty, allies went on war against Germany. Same thing happened to the Japan. It does not mean that I support the idea of using nuclear weapons. Becasue of Yogeslavia’s cruelty against minority, allies went on war against it and separated the country.

      Do you think if there is any referrundum in Sri Lanka, will Tamils vote for united Sri Lanka or Separation to indicate whether they are happy with Sri Lanka’s treatment to them?

  6. raj: Good that you comeback from your rash statement about Japan. Get your facts right; ‘allies’ didn’t go to war with Germany because of cruelty of Hitler. That’s rubbish. Britain and France declared war against Germany because Hitler invaded Poland. And US declared war against Germany only after Japanese attacked the Pearl harbour.

    About the happiness of Tamils; we know that they have to have Eelam to be happy. The problem for you is; Eelam is gone with Piripaharan. You can only have it in a pipe dream.

    Since more than 53% of Tamils live in Colombo and other cities in down south, tell us how you would effect the separation of their habitat even if you win a referendum for separation.

    I say; you guys are crazy for you don’t know Eelam is a mirage. If you so wish, you can keep moaning day after day and live in a cuckoo’s land for ever. But I know of many sensible Tamils who appreciate the reality. That’s good enough for the time being to keep the caravan moving.

    • raj

      So you acknowledge that Tamils are held against their natural wish. It is called terrorism. In a real democracy, we never go against people’s wish. Look at Canada. There are two languages as official languages. Quebec people have right to have referrundum for separation. In the last referrundum, Qubeck people voted for united Canada becasue they enjoy the freedom within the united Canada. I like to see the same thing in Sri Lanka. Can that happen?

      Even if there is any Eelam, I won’t come and settle there since I value the freedom that I enjoy. Not only all governments suppressed Tamils, but also taught Tamils to suppress others. So called Tamils with the government do not follow any international norms that exists in a real democratic country.

      In Sri Lanka, Tamils and Sinhalese are focusing on confronting with each other and failing to see so many existing social problems that are common to Tamils and Sinhalese. Unfortunately, Budshism is misused to feed hartread feeling toward Tamils. I have never seen in the country where religious leaders ever make demonstration. It happens only in Sri Lanka. I do not like hindu priests/buddist monks/christian priests come into politics. If they really believe in God, there is no need to enter into politics. Once people get rid of racial thinking, Sri Lanka will have a good future. Will that happen?

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