Tokyo: The Dalai Lama, who is on an 11-day
visit to Japan, today said that he is not scheduled to meet
with any Japanese government representatives during his stay.
Speaking in front of international media at the Foreign
Correspondents` Club of Japan in Tokyo, the Tibetan spiritual
leader said the main purpose of his visit is to promote
non-violence and compassion.
"I have nothing to ask or discuss with (the Japanese)
government," the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said, adding that
meeting with members of the public is more important to him
than meeting with government leaders.
"I do not want to create any inconvenience to anybody,"
The remark appeared to be a reference to past meetings
with world leaders and subsequent criticism from the Chinese
The Dalai Lama will deliver a Buddhist sermon at Zenkoji
Temple in the central Japanese city of Nagano today before
traveling to Kanazawa and Yokohama for spiritual lectures on
his first trip to the country in about six months and his 14th
overall, according to his Tokyo-based liaison office.
In February, the Dalai Lama met at the White House with
US President Barack Obama, who urged China to protect
Tibetans` cultural and religious traditions.
The meeting prompted an immediate reaction from the
Chinese Foreign Ministry, which summoned the US ambassador to
China to the ministry and lodged a formal protest claiming the
meeting constituted gross interference in China`s internal