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Akashi meets the President
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Yashushi Akashi, the Japanese Government’s Representative for Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Japanese special envoy to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi, says that countries emerging from conflict like Sri Lanka should not be asked to make all the changes immediately and should be given the opportunity for a “soft landing, not a hard landing.”

He also said that it was his opinion that a “non-judicial approach is more fruitful” to resolving many post-conflict issues.

The President and Akashi also spoke at length about reconciliation efforts being adopted by the Government.

President Rajapaksa briefed Akashi on the work of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons and progress achieved in demining.

Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years.

His visit is in response to an invitation extended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his official visit to Japan in March 2013.

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