65th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence commemorated in Tokyo
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo commemorated the 65th anniversary of Independence at the Reiyukai hall in Tokyo on Monday 4th February.
Independence Day was celebrated with the participation of a large gathering of Sri Lankan expatriates and Japanese officials including Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan graced the occasion as Chief Guest of the ceremony.
The ceremony comprised of the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, rendering of the national anthem and reading of messages of President, Prime Minister and Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka.
Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka delivered his message of greetings to the gathering highlighted the close and friendly relations that Japan and Sri Lanka have shared over the years recollecting the support extended to Japan by Sri Lanka at the San Francisco Peace Conference in 1951 and the establishment of Diplomatic ties in 1952.
Looking back at 60 years of diplomatic relations, Japan supports Sri Lanka as one of the single largest donors to the country with financial assistance extended to the country in the short, medium and long term.
Ambassador Admiral Karrannagoda stressed that the cordial and close support from Japan has greatly assisted Sri Lanka in its reconstruction and development following the end of 30 decades of LTTE terrorism.
Mr. Isamu Nitta, Former Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka and current President of Japan-Sri Lanka Association also addressed the gathering with wishes for the special occasion, stressing the warm and friendly ties between the two countries that have developed over the years.
Following the formal ceremony, all attendees were treated to a breakfast of traditional Sri Lankan food and were entertained by cultural dance performances by members of the Sri Lanka Students’ Association in Japan.
- Asian Tribune -