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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Japan MPs rally behind Tibet, Dalai Lama

January 11, 2009

Zee News - Noida
January 9, 2009
Tokyo, Jan 08, 2009: A group of Diet members, mainly from the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, focusing on the problems in Tibet is making its presence felt.
The small group, officially called the Parliamentarian League to Consider Tibetan Problems, is led by Yukio Edano, a 44-year-old former chairman of the DPJ's Policy Research Committee.
Founded in 1995 by then House of Representatives member Seishu Makino, the league played a central role in inviting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to Japan in 2003, despite a call for the visit to be cancelled.
Analysts said Japan's policy on Tibet could change if the DPJ comes to power in the general election next year.
Makino, 63, said he decided to help the Dalai Lama when he saw a news report in a movie theatre about the Tibetan leader seeking asylum in India during his childhood. He set up the league with others, including former lower house member Fumihiko Igarashi, 60.
In 1996, during his first term as a legislator, Makino went to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the Dalai Lama. He ceased his activities after failing to secure a second term but resumed them once he was reelected, serving as an intermediary by delivering a letter from the Dalai Lama to then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in August 2001.
"The objective of this conference is for supporters of Tibet throughout the entire world to respect the conclusions of an emergency meeting of Tibetans in exile," Makino told the gathering.
"Democracy and freedom in China are necessary to resolve the problems (in Tibet). We must take action toward that objective."
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