“Once burnt, twice shy” could well sum up Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attitude as he readies a cabinet to be unveiled on Wednesday, a year after a shake-up that ended in tears.
The PM further said that new avenues for Japanese investors have been opened in Sri Lanka as the country has entered a new path of politics with a new government and moving towards change and urged Japan to invest in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, the Key Note address at the Science and Technology Summit in Kyoto was made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe added that Sri Lanka will extend its fullest support to Japan in obtaining membership at the UN Security Council.
Addressing an event hosted in capital Colombo on Tuesday to mark the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the ambassador said that China and Sri Lanka are neighbors who enjoy centuries of friendship based on mutual benefits and win-win results without political preconditions.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday assured the Japan – Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Committee (JSLBCC) that the existing obstacles for investments in Sri Lanka would be removed, enabling the two countries to commence a new economic journey.
Thereafter, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held a bilateral meeting with the Vice President of the Liberal Democratic Party, Masahiko Komuro.
Premier Wickremesinghe also stated that the national government allows Sri Lanka to face challenges more confidently and appreciated the support offered by Japan.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also called on the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Japan Taro Aso. Although Abe has trumpeted female empowerment as a priority for his government, his reshuffled cabinet is likely to have only three women including the returning Sanae Takaichi as internal affairs minister – one fewer than in the current lineup.
Following these discussionsm a group of Maha Sanga residing there, arrived to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and cast blessings on the visiting Prime Minister. During this session, the expatriates presented their issues to the Prime Minister.