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Tibetans in Japan Celebrates US Congressional Gold Medal Award

October 30, 2007

The Office of Tibet, Japan

Like all the Tibetan community abroad, the small Tibetan community in Japan celebrated the award of US Congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tibet House in Tokyo on 26th of October with great rejoicing. Despite the weather and the distance, some forty plus Tibetan turned up for the event with intense fervor. Tibetan community in Japan organized the event. Celebration started at 6:30 pm with the opening speech by Community leader, Mr. Khedup. He welcomed the gathering and spoke on the need to rejoice together for this great event in our time.

Chief guest, Representative Tshoko Lhakpa addressed the gathering, he dwelt on the significance of this award and the recognition awarded by highest body of US Government to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He also called upon the Tibetans to take this event as new inspiration to further our effort in pursuing the goal of Middle-path approach in realizing our dream of prosperous Tibet. He thanked the US government for its continued support for peaceful resolution for Tibetan issue.

DVD capturing the live telecast of the award function was shown. Grand proclamations filled with honor and encomium on the effort of His Holiness by the leaders of US Government was received with great joy and pride by those assembled. Conferment of US highest civilian award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama also had the otherwise shy Japanese papers bringing good coverage on the award and the Tibetan issue. Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama received good number of congratulatory messages from supporters and friends of Tibet.

The gathering also provided a good platform for all to discuss the forthcoming visit of His Holiness, and celebration of Nobel day and Tibetan Losar. It ended with agreement by all those present to dedicate more time and effort in organizing and participating in Tibetan events.
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