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Japanese MP Visits Dharamshala, Voices Support for Tibet

August 10, 2008

August 7, 2008

DHARAMSHALA --  Jin Matsubara, member of the House of Representatives
of the Japanese Parliament, Wednesday called for improving human
rights situation in Tibet and underlined the need to 'speak against
the violators of human rights'.

He said any form of suppression of freedom and human rights by any
government should be denounced and prevent it as a disease from spreading.

Matsubara, accompanied by Prof Pema Gyalpo, former representative
of  Dalai Lama in Japan, was addressing Tibetan reporters at the
Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat on Wednesday morning.

He said with the growing support for Tibetan cause in Japan, a
committee comprising of one hundred members have been set-up to
support human rights and freedom of Tibetan people in Tibet.

The committee has members both from the ruling and opposition parties
of the Japan and some of them are very influential, he added.

He further said Dalai Lama's emphasis on the preservation of
environment and improvement of human rights in Tibet is very effective.

Some of the countries, including China, which involved in suppression
of freedom and human rights, also employed measures to degrade the
natural environment, he said.

It is of utmost importance to put same efforts on both human rights
and environment, he added.

Welcoming the visit of  Matsubara, Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker of the
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, said his visit to Dharamshala is a
strong and clear indication of Japan's long-term support and
solidarity for Tibet during its critical moment.

Dolma  Gyari said, through Matsubara, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
will submit a letter to Japanese prime minister to express our
appreciation for  Matsubara's visit to Dharamshala.

His commitment to visit us despite many difficulties sends a strong
message of support for the Tibetan cause, she added.

Lauding Japan's support for the Tibetan people, she said, Japan has
learned the value of humanity from the tragedy of Horoshima and
Nagasaki bombings.

The Japanese MP received an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
this afternoon.

He also met Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche and Venerable Tsering
Phuntsok, kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture.
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