By Kelum Bandara
Japan stressed the need for Sri Lanka to make efforts to regain the trust of Japanese companies and to resolve the issues and concerns of Japanese companies in Sri Lanka for revitalization of their economic activities in Sri Lanka, according to the Japanese embassy in Colombo.
Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs Takei Shunsuke who was in Sri Lanka to attend the Independence Day celebration made this point when he had talks with Foreign Minister Ali Sabry. Responding to queries posed by Daily Mirror about what transpired at this meeting, the embassy said Japanese companies could contribute to economic recovery of Sri Lanka, but it was important for the Sri Lankan Government to make efforts to regain the trust of Japanese companies.
The Japanese minister referred to Sri Lanka’s unilateral cancellation of the Light Rail Project, a project financed by Japan
“Mr. Takei, the State Minister showed his expectation that Sri Lanka would steadily implement the economic and governance reforms agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), taking into account the lessons learned in the past,” the embassy said.
Japan is a member of the Paris Club nations of creditors. It is one of the largest bilateral creditors to Sri Lanka after India and China.
Mizaru Friday, 10 February 2023 10:01 AM
Reading in-between the line, they say "Come with a mechanism to stop corruption". Japan has first hand experience with the light rail project. Almost forgot the airport expansion project.
Shiyam Friday, 10 February 2023 10:04 AM
Ali Sabry was also responsible for the cancellation of the Light Rail Project
Punchi Friday, 10 February 2023 10:12 AM
When I was at primary school, I was arguing with my teacher. The teacher turned to me and correctly said that this is how you talk to your parents. I changed my behaviour both to my parents and teachers. The way we treat one another, our fellow citizens is also the way we treat our international partners that is the same inconsistency and deception. We simply cannot be trusted.
Dana Friday, 10 February 2023 10:30 AM
Resolution of 'issues
Jude Friday, 10 February 2023 10:51 AM
SL government offending it's best business partners like japan, Russia and the Israel!!
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 10 February 2023 10:52 AM
The Tamils learnt about Sinhalese and their primitivity the hard way. The Muslims are still learning. The International Community including Japan must now realize this. Sri Lanka and its leaders and citizens mainly Sinhalese cannot be made to change their views by talking logically or showing experiences, but they need to be shown the hard way rejecting them in all forums until they follow international systems like dogs.
Sunil Friday, 10 February 2023 10:54 AM
Sri Lanka has already gained the trust of Mitsubishi.
Sokrates Friday, 10 February 2023 10:55 AM
Japan is Sri Lanka's most honest and friendly business partner in contrast to neo-colonial imperialist China. But even the best friend's patience runs out.
Simon Friday, 10 February 2023 11:05 AM
Sri Lanka has become a puppy, an elementary kid, in getting lectures on ethics from giant kind Japan. We must take Rajapaksha clan to the task for this unfortunate debacle. Lets hope that Japan singles out the arrogant Rajapakshas as the reason for all this and not the people of Sri Lanka.
badaip..kai Friday, 10 February 2023 11:07 AM
Nimalsiripala who was accused of soliciting bribes and was removed by Gota was reappointed by Ranil after a fake inquiry. LRT project was canceled because People connected to the ｇｏｖｔwouldn't get any commissions. Japanese companies will never come to Japan until we get rid of these corrupt politicians and govt officials. Only People of Sri Lanka can do this .
Reformist Friday, 10 February 2023 11:09 AM
How can Japan support SL when sleeping Siripala who demanded bribes from a Japanese company was appointed as a Minister by RW instead of a punishment? Then they cancelled the light Rail project on advice from that so called useless economist from Uni Colombo? Japan is more wiser than SL.
jothika Friday, 10 February 2023 12:08 PM
Sorry Japan our old friend, we got psycological issues in our country, let us go through therapy and wait for the old greedy pigs in the parliment to die first
Punchi Banda J. Friday, 10 February 2023 12:23 PM
Reformist, you have said a mouthful ! Anyway Japan has to now wait until a new Stable Government is formed in Sri Lanka.
DOT Friday, 10 February 2023 12:53 PM
Ask your companies to NOT to ask ccommissions! You will welcome!
sathish Friday, 10 February 2023 01:23 PM
Only way, immediately implement the LRT project to gain their confidence and appoint a sensible person to be in charge of Transport and Aviation Ministry
asitha Friday, 10 February 2023 01:24 PM
How can SL gain the trust of Japan, when they are sleeping with the corrupt/rogue China
Karalasingam Sivalingam Friday, 10 February 2023 02:36 PM
Political rivalry is the main cause for abandoning useful projects for the public by incoming governments, this trend will never change. This is Sri Lankan attitude.
Ram Friday, 10 February 2023 02:46 PM
How to regain the trust of the Japanese Companies when no one trust our politicians
Jef Friday, 10 February 2023 03:25 PM
Sri lanka have shown our friends business partners around the world that commissions bribes percentages needed before even start doing business in sri lanka now its about time to stop all unwanted activities happening completely And those who are money hungry fellows that jeopardise should be given heavy penalties never to be repeated to rebuild trust from your foriegn partners we need new set policies to be done and implement with tough measures taken in to place....Sri Lanka must work towards to stop bribery corruption and any elegal activities completely from top to bottom
kumar Friday, 10 February 2023 08:12 PM
As far as the companies are ready to pay our commissions.
Dinesh Saturday, 11 February 2023 09:24 AM
The socio-psycological motivations of this country, and the problems it creates, were spelt out bluntly by Korea. But the populace will continue to blame others rather than listen. Goodbye Mitsubishi.
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