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JR’s San Francisco speech remembered in Tokyo

The participants.-Former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda.
The participants.-Former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda.

The speech by then Finance Minister J.R. Jayewardene on September 6, 1951 in San Francisco was commemorated with a limited Japanese VIP delegation at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo on September 6.

The ceremony began with the national anthem followed by lighting of the traditional oil lamp and flower laying ceremony. Major Japanese TV Channels and Print Media representatives were present to cover the event, which was broadcast live.

The event also included the reading of the original speech of late Jayewardene, a photo exhibition, video presentation about the speech and the San Francisco Conference in 1951.

Former Representative from the Government of Japan on Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi, Former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda and Secretary General of Japan Sri Lanka Parliamentarians’ Friendship League Yuko Obuchi spoke at the event. Former President J.R. Jayewardene’s grandson Pradeep Jayawardene joined the programme live and spoke from the Jayewardene Centre in Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Japan Sanjiv Gunasekara touched on the history of how the speech was composed after much consultations and meetings with Asian countries and mentioned the case for independent Japan was first considered at the “Colombo Plan Conference”.

The Ambassador also spoke of Sri Lanka-Japan relationship that has been built on mutual admiration. He highlighted the shared values, culture and the practise of Buddha’s teachings common between the people of the two countries.


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