By Stuart Biggs
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, center, is welcomed by FCCJ President Monzurul Huq, right, and Second Vice President Pio d'emilia as he arrives for a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) in Tokyo Saturday, June 19, 2010. Dalai Lama arrived in Japan on Friday for a week-long visit during which he schedules to deliver a Buddhist sermon at historic Zenkoji Temple in Nagano and give lectures in two other cities. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Tokyo, June 19 -- The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, said he has no plan to request official talks that would “inconvenience” Japan’s government and that his lecture tour in the country is “non-political.”
The Dalai Lama, 74, arrived in Japan yesterday to lecture on Buddhism at a temple in central Japan’s Nagano prefecture, and in Yokohama. He spoke to reporters today at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo.
Overseas receptions of the Tibetan religious leader have angered China’s government, which regards him as a separatist since he fled to India in 1959. China objected to the Dalai Lama’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in February and canceled a China-European Union summit after French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with him in 2008.
“This is a non-political visit, so I have nothing to ask or discuss with the government,” the Dalai Lama said today. “I don’t want to create any inconvenience to anybody.”
China opposes outside pressure on how the country runs Tibet, which was brought under its rule in 1950.--Editors: Mike Millard, Jim McDonald.