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His Holiness the Dalai Lama`s Birthday celebrated in Tokyo

July 9, 2008

Tibet House, Tokyo (Japan)
July 5, 2008

Tokyo -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama`s 73rd birth anniversary was
celebrated at Hotel Okura, a well-known Hotel in the center of Tokyo
city. Mrs Kesang Yangyi Takla, Foreign Minister for Central Tibetan
Administration, Dharamsala was the chief guest at the event.

Considering the situation in Tibet and the natural tragedies at
Myanmar and Sichuan, the celebration was devoid of any conspicuous
entertainment effects. However, the event witnessed a record
attendance of nearly five hundred people including some fifty
Tibetans and foreign guests.

  The celebration started with the offering Mandala and Khata to the
portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, followed by a brief prayer
by the Tibetans. Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia welcomed the guests and
thanked them for their overwhelming support during the events
following March 10th in Tibet and during the Save Tibet Asia Pacific
Forum. Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla read her speech, in which she dwelt
on the situation in Tibet and outside Tibet, and need for the world
community to stand for truth and justice. She said she was happy to
note so many Japanese showing support and interest in Tibetan issue.

Other speaker includes, Mr. Edano Yukio, President of Japanese
Parliamentarians for Tibet, Mr. Makino Seishu, organizer of Save
Tibet Network Forum and Dr. Oashi Tsutomu, a noted Japanese brain
scientist. They all expressed their sincere wish and long life
prayers for the long and healthy life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
They said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a symbol of peace,
truth and justice, and the Chinese leadership should learn to see His
Holiness more as a friend than as a separatist.

The celebration lasted for two hours, a 15 minutes video show on the
life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama since his enthronement in Tibet
was shown to the delight of everyone present. At 8 pm Representative
Lhakpa Tshoko thanked the supporters and the guests for their
presence and continued support. There were some twenty Japanese
volunteers to help arrange the celebration.

Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla will visit some important supporter
tomorrow and will leave for Delhi on 8th July. Kalon was here in
Japan to preside over Save Tibet Asia Pacific Forum organized by Save
Tibet Netowork Japan to urge the G-8 leaders not to forget Tibet
during their forthcoming summit in Hokkaido.

Tibet House, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku JAPAN
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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