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Japanese Ambassador Expresses Support for Sri Lanka’s Economic Recovery

March 23, Colombo, LNW: Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki, has voiced Japan’s backing for the current program aimed at revitalizing the Sri Lankan economy. Speaking at a panel discussion chaired by President Ranil Wickremesinghe and organized by the “Geopolitical Cartographer,” Ambassador Hideaki drew parallels between Japan’s historical journey and Sri Lanka’s current economic challenges, highlighting Japan’s resilience and economic resurgence as a model for Sri Lanka.

In his keynote address titled “Japan’s Modernization and Lessons for Sri Lanka’s Economic Recovery and Governance,” Ambassador Hideaki shared insights into Japan’s historical challenges, its adaptation to modern changes, and its journey towards rapid development. He particularly emphasized Japan’s strategic reconstruction efforts post-World War II and the role played by former President J.R. Jayawardene in facilitating Japan’s reintegration into the international community.

Moreover, Ambassador Hideaki commended Sri Lanka’s ongoing anti-corruption initiatives and expressed Japan’s commitment to supporting these efforts financially, including aid through the United Nations Development Program and assistance from institutions like the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He also highlighted the potential benefits of fostering bilateral economic ties between Japan and Sri Lanka.

Following the keynote address, Ambassador Hideaki participated in a panel discussion alongside representatives from the United Nations Development Programme and Colombo University. The discussion, themed “Economic Development and Modernization with Lessons from Japan,” explored strategies for economic advancement and drew on Japan’s experiences as a case study for Sri Lanka’s development journey.

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