By Phurbu Thinley
Dharamsala, November 16 - Speaking to Tibetan media people here today, Mr. Seishu Makino (former Chairman of Japanese Parliamentary Group for Tibet) said he is here to interact closely with the leaders of the Tibetan Government in exile and to help build a real and sustainable relationship with the Government of Japan.
Mr. Makino was instrumental in founding Tibet Support Group in Japan for the first time way back in 1994, and has been its Chairman since then.
Another reason for his visit, Mr. Makino said is to seek support from Tibetan masses for his forum, which is working on finding possible ways for the democratization of China, which he said, in the long run, will be in the best interest of Tibetan people in particular and Asia as a whole.
Mr. Makino’s visit comes close to the heel of the exiled Tibetan leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recently concluded visit to Japan.
Accepting the fact that Japanese government has so far been diplomatically very meek on the Tibetan issue, Mr. Makino said that things are now starting to show up of the need to support the Tibetan cause.
Mr. Makino said that owing to various factors, the Japanese government’s attitude towards the Communist China is now shifting. “There are some important and influential leaders within the Japanese Government who now strongly feel their government should raise the issue of Tibet”.
“This is obviously a positive sign”, says Mr. Makino. “But we need to work harder to push this forward”, he adds.
“This is one primary reason why I’m here, to learn more from the Tibetan Government in Exile and Tibetan people”, said Mr. Makino.
Mr. Makino also said Japanese people embrace and value Tibetan culture and tradition as much as they revere and love Dalai Lama. “In fact Japanese people are very much supportive of Tibetan cause”, says Mr. Makino while adding, “It’s only our Government which has been conceding to diplomatic pressure till now”.
“That too is changing now”, said Mr. Makino while further adding “There are already some initiatives being taken at the governmental level to politically raise and support the issue of Tibet”.
Mr. Makino, accompanied by Ms. Suzuki (local office staff of Liaison Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Tokyo, Japan) is here in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for a five-day visit beginning from today. Besides meeting with the leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration based here, they will be visiting important Tibetan cultural and educational centres during their visit.
Dharamsala is the base for the exiled Tibetan Leader, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile led by him.