Japan to boost Lankan ties

Japan and Sri Lanka today discussed developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties between both countries, the President’s office said.

Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication Yoshitaka Shindo called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning.

The discussion focused on existing collaborations between the two countries while also developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties, including in the communications sector.

Shindo also thanked Sri Lanka for its support and assistance in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2011, noting how much the people of Japan appreciated it.

In March of this year, during a visit to Japan, President Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The Japanese government committed to a total of Rs. 57.8 billion in development aid to Sri Lanka. Since then, this is the second high-level visit of a Japanese government official. In May of this year, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso visited Sri Lanka and met President Rajapaksa.

Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella, Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information Charitha Herath, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Kshenuka Seneviratne and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda also joined the discussion. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Strategically speaking, the Westerners are one step ahead of the Asians. After I have travelled around in Japan, South Korea and China, I have found that the Asians are divided more than I have imagined, in fact they don’t only dislike each other, but hate each other. The Asians won’t trust each other that easily, this is a huge advantage for the Westerners, and it will keep the Westerners one step above the Asians always. This will continue to help the Westerners to keep the billions of Asians under them. The Japanese and the Germans were doing very well economically and militarily, but they were defeated. The Japanese intellectuals have warned the Japanese leaders and the Emperor that the Japanese policies were wrong, but those intellectuals were forced to keep silenced, some of them were eliminated from this world by the Japanese leaders. Japan failed to understand the value unity in Asia, and the value of allies and net working. in fact, it still does not value its Asian allies that much compare to its Western allies. After few weeks traveling in Japan, I asked myself “what kind of arrogant and ignorance Japan would have been if the Americans never dropped those two atomic bombs in Japan”. According to what I read about Japan and my experience I believe that the Japanese are the Nazis of Asia. The way they treated the other Asians is not acceptable. I have been to human rights museums in Japan, but nothing has been said about the atrocities committed to the Chinese, Koreans and to the other South East Asians by the Japanese. There are enough articles, books, movies, and documentaries about the German Nazis’ atrocities, but very little information or nothing about the Japanese atrocities. This is the reason the younger Japanese generation have little knowledge about themselves, particularly about their past. The Japanese did nothing to their fellow Asians according to their huge amounts of wealth, resources and skills. I was amazed by their technology, infrastructure and imaginative skills, but they don’t want to share their skills with other Asians. Few number of decades ago China and India was extremely poor, but Japan didn’t do much as it should have done to its fellow Asian countries according to its wealth and skills. If an European country has skills and technology, it would share with the other European countries. This is the main difference between the Europeans and Asians. Japan’s ideology is very much exclusive, it is all about themselves. I am a Sri Lankan, we had a civil war for thirty years. How many young Sri Lankans were allowed to study or work in Japan? Let me ask you once again, how many Sri Lankan were studying and working in the other Asian countries compare to the Middle East Countries and the Western Countries? How many Sri Lankan leaders have dual citizenship or something like the US green card from Japan. It says a lot about our fellow Asians. The Asians have long way to go to understand the value of unity or to comprehend the power of networking in order to have allies to defeat a minority.

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