On Tuesday 27 February, Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, who was in Japan at the invitation of the House of Councillors of Japan, visited the House of Representatives with his delegation and met with Mr. Tadamori Oshima, Speaker; Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice-Speaker; and Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules and Administration.
Speaker Oshima began by welcoming the delegation to Japan, and thanked the Hon. Sri Lankan Speaker for his contributions to building a closer friendly relationship between their countries. He also expressed his appreciation for Sri Lanka's support, referring to the address made by Mr. Junius R. Jayewardene, representing Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), at the 1951 San Francisco Peace Conference. Quoting the Buddha, Mr. Jayewardene announced that his country would not ask for war reparations and called for the restoration of Japan's sovereignty. Mr. Oshima added that he intended to contribute to the further advancement of the long-term friendship between the two countries as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and thanked Sri Lanka for the support Japan received after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami in 2011.
In reply, the Sri Lankan Speaker thanked Speaker Oshima for his welcome and said that he was pleased that Mr. Jayewardene's speech still remained in the memories of the people of Japan. In addition, he proposed increasing parliamentary exchanges and expressed his hopes for the expansion of Japanese investment and the strengthening of economic relations between their countries.
They also talked about other subjects including cooperation in disaster prevention.