Japanese Lawmakers Call on Dalai Lama
Phayul[Friday, November 07, 2008 11:44]
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to Yukio Edano (center) of the Democratic Party of Japan and other DPJ members at a Tokyo hotel Thursday.  KYODO PHOTO
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to Yukio Edano (center) of the Democratic Party of Japan and other DPJ members at a Tokyo hotel Thursday. KYODO PHOTO
Dharamshala Nov. 7 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama met Japanese politicians yesterday and expressed hope that Japanese supporters will take part in an emergency meeting for Tibetan exiles to be held in India later this month, Kyodo News reported citing sources close to the lawmakers.

The lawmakers who met the Tibetan leader are Yukio Edano, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan who formerly served as chairman of the main opposition force's policy research council; Tokuichiro Tamazawa, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and former farm minister; and Shu Watanabe, a DPJ member of the House of Representatives. They all belong to a cross-party league of lawmakers who share concern about Tibetan issues.

His Holiness prostrates before delivering a lecture at a school in Fukuoka, Japan. Photo/OoT Japan
His Holiness prostrates before delivering a lecture at a school in Fukuoka, Japan. Photo/OoT Japan
Citing sources close to the Japanese politicians, the Kyodo News reported that one of them is considering attending the meeting in Dharamshala as requested.

The Dalai Lama said he would like to take advice from supporters around the world at the meeting to convene Nov. 17, which he has called to discuss the Tibetan people's political future, reported Kyodo News.

His Holiness will arrive in Delhi tonight and leave tomorrow morning for Pune.

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