Japan’s New Government and Tibet

Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama meeting the Dalai Lama in Tokyo in November 2007
Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama meeting the Dalai Lama in Tokyo in November 2007

The landslide victory by the Democratic Party of Japan under Yukio Hatoyama in August 30 general elections is something that Tibet friends may want to monitor.

Those who know Mr. Hatoyama, who is expected to be the new prime minister, say that while he will certainly work towards better relations with China, he has also a good understanding of the Tibetan issue and has personal respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama and Mr. Hatoyama had met during one of his trips to Tokyo.

Japan watchers seem to think that the transfer of political power from the Liberal Democratic Party to the Democratic Party of Japan after around 54 years will mark some subtle changes in Japan’s approach.

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One thought on “Japan’s New Government and Tibet

  1. please please, don,t forget human right and we need to develope human right, in china so many people don,t get any free dom and happiness, the chines gorvement distory human right and they they kill many people in tibet and turkistain , so must help them , save they life and let them free dom;

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