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The 67th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka was held on Wednesday, 4th February 2015 at the Reiyukai Hall in Tokyo. The event which was organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo was held with a large gathering of Sri Lankan expatriates in Japan.

The official ceremony of the Independence Day celebrations was commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag accompanied by Magul Bera followed by National Anthem. Religious observances on this the occasion were conducted by the representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian clergy, reading of the Independence Day messages of President, Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In addressing the gathering, His Excellency Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Japan stated that the longstanding relations between Japan and Sri Lanka will further continue to grow stronger in the coming years. He also stressed that even though the formal diplomatic ties between Japan and Sri Lanka date back over 60 years but recorded history establishes that relations date back many a century.

Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda also highlighted the year 2014 was most unique to both the countries since His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, undertook a two day official visit to Sri Lanka after a lapse of 24 years and the visit was most constructive and productive. During this visit, His Excellency the Prime Minister had several high level meetings including that of a high profile business forum that paving the way to strengthen the economic cooperation between two countries. Ambassador also stated that the visit of the Vice President of LDP Hon. Masahiko Komura, who is also the President Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary League, to Sri Lanka in July of last year with a group of parliamentarians, thus strengthening the bilateral relations.

Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda also emphasized the Overseas Development Assistance of Japan to Sri Lanka stating that it continues to make a positive contribution to the economic and social tapestry of the country. Further stressed that growing economic ties between two countries and as one of the largest donor of Sri Lanka Japanese Investment has contributed immeasurably to the country’s economic development.

The participants witnessed a cultural event performed by Sri Lanka Students Association in Japan followed by typical Sri Lankan breakfast reception included traditional milk rice and Sri Lankan sweetmeats.

Embassy of Sri Lanka - Tokyo

5th February 2015

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