18 August, 2022


‘Japana Hapana’ And ‘Cheena Patas’ Will Test Our Nepotism-Based Diplomatic Capacity

By Charitha Ratwatte –

Charitha Ratwatte

Charitha Ratwatte

The story begins in 1951, to be precise, on 8 April. The day on which the Treaty of San Francisco, between Japan and part of the Allied Powers who fought World War II, was signed. It was signed by 48 nations, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

The Treaty came into force on 28 April 1952. This Treaty served officially to end World War II. It ended Japan’s position as an imperial power, it allocated compensation to Allied civilians and former prisoners of war who had suffered Japanese war crimes, and to end the Allies’ military occupation of Japan and return sovereignty to that defeated nation.

The Treaty of San Francisco and the Security Treaty signed the same day signifies the effects of the close relationship post-war Japan has with the USA, and Japan’s post-war role in the international arena, as an economic power house, secure under the protection of the American defence umbrella, ensured by American military bases in Japan and South Korea.

The Soviet Union opposed the Treaty of San Francisco. The Soviet delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, was intent on punishing Japan for its war-time behaviour. The Soviets were bent on revenge and reparations.

The talk among economists and businessmen in San Francisco at that that time was that the Soviets would even go to the extent of dismantling whatever industrial capacity Japan had left standing after the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and take them away and set up the plant and machinery on Soviet soil. The Soviets also wanted Japan to be forced to recognise the Soviet Union’s sovereignty over the disputed South Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands.

The turning point 

The mood in the conference hall at the War Memorial Opera house was turning vehemently anti-Japanese and more vindictive and revenge-oriented.

Then, the turning point. A Finance Minister from a small ex-British colony in South Asia , clad in an impeccable white Nehru type jacket and traditional flowing white sarong, walked up to the podium when it came to his turn to speak. The conference did not expect anything much from this Minister from the ex-British colony.

MP J.R. Jayewardene, free Ceylon’s Minister of Finance, had visited Japan on his way to San Francisco. He had seen with his own eyes the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the first time ever nuclear weapons had been used in war. JRJ was – in his own words, as he once put it – ‘a lover of India and a follower of its greatest son,’ Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha.

JRJ empathised with the Shinto Buddhist faith of Japan and visited many temples in and around the cultural capital of Kyoto. He sensed and imbibed the strength, capacity, innate power and determination to rebuild their once great nation within the Japanese people, even when they were suffering foreign domination and the humiliation of defeat, strengthened by their strong Shinto Buddhist faith.

JRJ was determined that Japan, once an Asian economic powerhouse, should be given the space to recover its one-time capacity to lead Asia on a benign path to peace and prosperity, led by the Emperor, who under the General Douglas MacArthur’s constitution, imposed on Japan, has no executive power and was only a figurehead.

In defence of a free Japan

J.R.J. raised his voice in defence of a free Japan and informed a stunned conference of Ceylon’s refusal to accept the payment of reparations that would harm Japan’s economy.

His reason, in his own words: “We in Ceylon were fortunate that we were not invaded, but the damage caused by air raids, by the stationing of enormous armies under the South East Asia Command, and by the slaughter tapping of one of our main commodities, rubber, when we were the only producer of natural rubber for the Allies, entitles us to ask that the damage so caused should be repaired. We do not intend to do so for we believe in the words of the Thathagatha – the Great Teacher, the Buddha, whose message has ennobled the lives of countless millions in Asia, that ‘Hatred ceases not by hatred but by love’.”

JRJ ended this historic speech, flowing against the tide so far at the conference, one of revenge, reparations and retribution, supplanting it by a message of peace, reconciliation and magnanimity: “This treaty is as magnanimous as it is just to a defeated foe. We extend to Japan the hand of friendship and trust that with the closing of this chapter in the history of man, the last page of which we write today, and with the beginning of a new one, the first page of which we dictate tomorrow, her people and ours may march together to enjoy the full dignity of human life in peace and prosperity.”

A personal anecdote has it that JRJ’s Private Secretary, who accompanied him to the Conference, was at the Conference Press Centre, with few typed copies of the speech (these were pre-photocopy days), waiting for JRJ’s speech to finish to hand out copies of the speech to any reporters who were interested; he had not anticipated there would be many. Suddenly, as soon as JRJ finished speaking, a whole posse of journalists descended on him demanding copies of the speech, the poor man said that he had difficulty in escaping with his shirt intact!

Fast-forward to September 2014, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is on a State visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, addressing the Lanka-Japan Business Forum. The Prime Minister refers to the visit to Sri Lanka’s Parliament building – donated by the Japanese Government, in Jayewardenepura Kotte, and stated that he keeps the name of the great statesman J.R. Jayewardene… engraved in his heart, as a reminder of the strong friendship that has existed between the two countries since the former Finance Minister and President J.R. Jayewardene spoke on behalf of Japan’s freedom at the San Francisco Peace Conference.

Prime Minister Abe reiterated that “it is a result of that speech that Japan exists today” and went on to say that Japan’s commitment to support the development of Lanka is of personal significance to him, as former Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, the first Japanese Prime Minster to visit Lanka in 1957, was his maternal grandfather.

‘Japana Hapana’ and Japanese gratitude

Prime Minister Abe, in his speech at the Forum also referred to the Sinhala slang phrase ‘Japana Hapana,’ which reflects the respect we have for the skill and ingenuity of the Nippon nation’s inhabitants. The Sinhala language has overtime adopted such phrases into our colloquial discourse.

For example, at the height of the Korean War, Colombo’s worst slum was labelled ‘Koriyawa’! An ‘Amden’ is a lying deceitful smart Aleck, who is branded after the German battleship the Emden, which successfully outwitted the Royal Navy in World War I in the Indian Ocean operational zone, until finally trapped and sunk. When Taiwan first began its industrialisation by producing cheap imitation of industrial products, any counterfeit industrial product or anyone attempting to pass off for someone who he is not was branded ‘Taiwan Badu’!

But the ‘Japana Hapana’ is a compliment, and the Nippon nation has in the decades following JRJ’s iconic speech in San Francisco, showed its gratitude to this small island nation by building a statute of JRJ in a historic Shinto Buddhist temple in Japan, building the new Parliament at Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, financing the national television service, supporting the downstream Mahaweli development, the National Youth Centre at Maharagama, building Colleges of Education and other infrastructure, funding the expansion of Colombo’s international airport, funding port expansion, supporting a number of Integrated Rural Development Schemes at the District level, sending hundreds of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and Silver Volunteers to work with Lankan State and civil society organisations, and much more.
Indeed at this time that the Lanka Men’s Youth Volleyball team has made history, at the Asian Youth Volleyball Tournament in Colombo, by defeating the hitherto dominant Indian team in the South Asian sphere, a feat which the Lanka women’s team achieved decades ago, and also beating the South Koreans, we are honour bound to record our appreciation of the work of dedicated JOCV volleyball coaches who decades ago revolutionised Sri Lanka volleyball’s technical skills through drills and techniques at the grass root level and numerous other projects.

Prime Minister Abe brought with him many ‘Hapanas’ from Japan, on his State visit to Lanka, including representatives from Japanese multinational global giants such as Itochu Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Onomichi Dockyard, SG Holdings, Tomo-Digi Corporation, Hitachi Ltd. and many more.

Further, Prime Minister Abe and the President of Sri Lanka signed four agreements between the two nations – for a Yen loan for Digitalisation of Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Project, on the Vitalisation of Intergovernmental Economic Policy Dialogue, Memorandum of Cooperation in Agriculture and Related Fields, Letter of Intent on Cooperation in the fields of Science Technology and Innovation, etc.

‘Cheena Patas’

‘Cheena Patas,’ the local name for Chinese firecrackers imported and distributed by the ‘Konde Bandapu Cheena’ – itinerant vendors and shopkeepers, who at one time played an important role in the retail trade in Chinese products – were all the rage in Sri Lanka, prior to the domestic industry developing mainly in the suburbs of Negombo around the village of Kimbulapitiya, during the import substitution era.

Today cynics use the expression to describe the ‘explosion’ of Chinese investments, concessional, commercial loans and grants to Sri Lanka in the recent past and in the future.

President Xi Jinping of China made a State visit to Lanka a few days ago. ‘20 mega deals and an FTA in 23 hours’ screamed one headline. The Deputy General Manager of the Export Import Bank of China Lei Wentao had said that China would sign extended agreements with Lanka for the development of expressways and highways during the visit. DGM Lei had said that the signing of these agreements with Lanka would show the Chinese Government’s commitment towards development of infrastructure facilities in Lanka. He had also said that his Exim Bank was funding more than 21 projects in Sri Lanka with a total investment of $ 1.6 billion.

Most of these projects concern the construction of ports, highways, railways, redevelopment of roads and the shipping industry. On top of this there is the Chinese proposal for a Maritime Silk Route, which Sri Lanka has supported, a Free Trade Agreement and the fact that Chinese tourists are fast becoming the highest number visiting Lanka from any one country. The Colombo Port City project was inaugurated as well as the third phase of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant.

This ‘explosion’ of Chinese investment and influence in Lanka has caused panic in the region and the world. Allegations on the String of Pearls strategy, of China funding harbours and related facilities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand, together with huge investments in a blue water naval capacity, are signals which sound the alarm among naval strategists.

In one way China is gaining the benefits of the support it extended to successive Lankan governments through the civil conflict in the supply of weapons and mention and solid diplomatic support at various international forums including the United Nations.

Chinese domination

Before the European imperialists arrived in Asia, it was China which dominated the Asian continent. In the Sung era (960-1126), Chinese had a massive bout of technological innovation – gun powder, movable type and sternpost were all discovered. This resulted in a huge surge of economic activity in the 10th to the 13th centuries. The discovery and adoption of a variety of rice which permitted two crops a year from well-irrigated land led to massive surpluses being produced.

On the industrial side, one scholar estimates within a few years of the Battle of Hastings in England (1066), China was producing as much iron ore as the whole of Europe centuries later. When the Italian adventurer Marco Polo was in China at the end of the 13th century – ‘a sort of black stone’ – coal, was being burnt for providing heat.

Chinese sailors in Sung dynasty times already used the magnetic compass. Naval expeditions were using huge seagoing sampans to reach the Persian Gulf, Aden and East Africa in the 15th century. Admiral Cheng Ho arrived in Galle in 1410 with a fleet and kidnapped the local ruler and his family and left behind a plaque in Chinese, Tamil and Persian commemorating his visit. It is now in the Galle Maritime Museum.

Gavin Menzies in his book ‘1421 – the Year the Chinese discovered the World,’ says that there is evidence that Admiral Cheng’s fleet sailed West from Galle to Calicut and on across the Indian Ocean to Malindi on Africa’s East coast and Sofala near Madagascar and even rounded the Cape of Good Hope. This was a century before Columbus landed in the West Indies and Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape. Among the agreements signed during President Xi’s visit was one to search for shipwrecks of Cheng Ho’s fleet. This was the height of Chinese oceanic power.

Thereafter China turned inwards; the Confucian tradition, the over-confidence and arrogance buttressed by great resources and remoteness made it difficult for China to learn from outside. The vacuum was filled by European explorers who heralded the European colonisation of Asia, in search of spices. They were competing with Arab traders who held the monopoly up to then. From around 1500 to the time of World War II, Europeans dominated the sea lanes of Asia.

Ancient links

In ancient times too there have been extensive contacts between China and Lanka – the earliest recorded mission from China to Lanka took place during the time of the Han dynasty’s Emperor Ping (1-6 CE).

Between the first and 10th centuries, it is recorded Lanka’s kings sent at least 10 missions to the Middle Kingdom. In the fifth century the Buddhist scholar Fa Hsien visited the Maha Vihara in Anuradhapura; at this time the Meheni Sasuna was introduced to China from Lanka.

Archaeological evidence at Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and especially Yapahuwa has turned up Chinese artefacts such as ceramic ware and coins belonging to the Sung dynasty. Chinese seagoing sampans would have berthed at Gokanna, the modern Trincomalee, and gone cross country to Anuradhapura to trade with traders from the West, Jews, Moors and Europeans, who also came to Anuradhapura overland after their vessels docked at Manthai, the modern Mannar. The South West and North East monsoon winds would have propelled these vessels.

Dependence on monsoon wind power meant that the traders would have been compelled to stay in Sri Lanka during the inter-monsoon period; their prolonged presence would have a substantial impact. Anuradhapura had a separate area for European traders, designated by royal edict, and special taxes were levied on foreign traders at the Ports of Manthai, Gokanna and Magampura. The pair of guardian lions at the bottom of the ascent of the stairs to Yapahuwa bears a striking resemblance to ancient Chinese sculptured lions.

Whatever the ancient history, how can one discount the Rubber-Rice Pact, the initiative to settle the border war between India and China, the BMICH, the assistance provided in the war against the LTTE, ships, aircraft, weapons and armaments, NORINCO’s go down at Boosa in Galle of T56s and ammunition, which were supplied on a payable-when-able basis, the Nelum Pokuna Centre for the Performing Arts at the former CMC Grounds in Colombo, Hambantota Magampura Harbour, Mattala Airport, International Conference Centre, Norochcholai, loans, equipment and grants for Maga Neguma?

Balancing act

Sri Lanka is the focus of both these East Asian powers, China and Japan. Balancing a fine line between ‘Japana Hapana’ and ‘Cheena Patas’ will require a level of diplomatic skill which will sorely test our dismal current nepotism-based diplomatic capacity.

The favoured solution of hiring expensive foreign consultants to do the work of these incompetent worthies will definitely not be an option!

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  • 5

    An extremely valuable article from Charitha. Of far greater value to Tamils if it can dissipate our rigidity set in cast iron. The other entity is the epitome of flexibility particularly in political approaches and bilateral relations. Results are patently clear.

    • 2

      Look the Atomic bomb is an invention of Talmudic Satan worshipping Zionists. The Soviet Union was their another invention. Freemasonry is an arm to convert an ordinary Goyim (non Jew ) into the team in becoming a member to implementation of the murders and the robbery of worlds wealth.

      JR was a Freemason. I wonder why he feels remorse on the death of innocent people on a mass scale since, his baby the Sinhala Only is still creating the mass murder rulers and the endless killing in his own backyard.

      He even wanted the Tamils to be taught a lesson…meaning mass murder again.

      Just because Japan follows Buddhism does it mean that killing of Buddhist is bad but the Buddhist Goyim (Tamils n Muslims) should be annihilated with his Anagarika evils?

      The bugger even advocated and brought his masters Zionists to Sri Lanka on a permanent basis housing inside the US embassy (The Israeli Ineterst Section)

      Crooked up philosophy….Freemadonic Mass Murderers.

      Putin: Soviet Government Was Mostly Jewish 80-85 %:

      The Zionist BUTCHERS Behind Communism: http://youtu.be/qwR0jT5R0P8

      The Coverup of Zionist Organized Crime!: http://youtu.be/y3GMDcFOq0g

      The Jewish War On Vladimir Putin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTT9TOZ3ihY

      The Difference Between Putin & Obama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rybEA3axS5Y

      BRICS…Breaking The Jewish Money Power http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPKymVF57Mg

      Sheikh Imran Hosein 2014 Islam, Russia, Ukraine and Alliance with Rum Rome http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUzHQy54DdM

      • 1

        Charitha, nice one.

        The Japs, Chinese and INDIANS are fishing in Sri Lanka’s troubled waters.. Matters are far more complex… and China’s Silk route is a ploy to stake claims in the Indian Ocean..

        China has ongoing conflicts with Vietnam, Korea, Phillipines, Japan and the South China sea is full of conflicts…

        The Indian Ocean is its new conflict enterprise and who in China cares about killing democracy by supporting a potty military dictator in Sri Lanka?

    • 0

      Thanks to Mr Charitha Ratwatte .

      As our present Patriot Rulers going to Take Sri lanka in to the developing world with dependence only on middle east’s House maids earnings,

      [ there is no any stable income for the Ruling heavy spenders].

      Are we consider about the HIGH INTERST coated CHINESE LOANS with hidden Commission to offshore Banks or
      NO INTEREST, HIGH Quality, JAPANEESE AIDS ?????????????.

    • 0

      The Chinese-Colombo port city – Jarapassa’s Hubris – for Namal’s Formula 1 car race track and more Casinos will be an ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER for impoverished coastal communities on the west and south coasts of Sri Lanka. Japanese aid has benefited the PEOPLE of Sri Lanka whereas Chinese LOANS are to promote the Jarapassa military dictatorship that is looting the people of Lanka and destroying democracy.

      Sri Lanka is far more exposed and vulnerable to environmental disasters and sea level changes due to its EXTREME EXPOSURE at the tip of the South Asian land mass. There is no land on either side of the island to buffer or protect it from shocks or Tsunamis that originate far away! Because of this it will be more difficult to reclaim land from the ocean because of this. Also, sea level rise can magnify a COASTAL COMMUNITY NATURAL DISASTER when there is erosion upstream and down stream of the Colombo port city project.

      The Chinese Colombo port city should be ABOLISHED and ALL the environmental groups and JVP must join to educate the Sinhala Modayas and PROTEST the ENVIRONMENTAL disaster that this will mean for coastal communities along the western, southern and northern coasts – a SLOW TSUNAMI!

  • 0

    We live in “interesting times” and that is an ancient Chinese curse…”May you live in interesting times” !

    Certainly we do not have the required personnel to handle these situations, due to the fact that intellectuals and even those with a semblance of a backbone to question orders and authority or express a different opinion, have had no place in the working environment for decades now.

    It is not just the Government sector but also the mercantile sector.
    Another important question, does anyone retire anymore ? Qualified , competent youth have no place unless their parents own the business…and you wonder why we have to hire foreign experts ?!!

    Everyone has gone abroad, everyone who is capable of guiding this Country that is.

  • 1

    Charitha, always write to educate most not aware of all these old true stories. Thanks Charitha. I heard about the San Francisco speech of our late President J.R. Jayawardena, but not in details. I worked with Japanese and they always talk very highly about Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans.
    As Charitha end his narration by using Americans who are clueless about our history, Rajapaksa regime will not be able to develop a very strong Foreign Service. G.L.Peiris’s looking at Africa It’s the most costly excercise in our FS. I served in Africa for nearly two decades and African have very little knowledge about Sri Lanka or who we are. The think Sri Lankans are part of the Indian crowed and as they don’t look at Indians very favourably, Sri Lankans get the chop.

  • 1

    Interesting, informative article, Charitha.

  • 0

    Chritta Rawttha has realized that important of both investment and Trade with East Economies are giant in Global ongoing market segments.
    In fact ongoing process of reintegration and diversification of Global economy, in different level that turn into new Mode of International Division of Labor and Production and Financial new market led by NEW Actors.

    We have to approach and treat of priority that Finical and Monetary policies and capital market is key factor of highly reinforce shrewd Global economy as Sri lankans.
    Not that how many war heads or how armies power in Big/rich nations in their hand not that decisive factor of economy capital market is concern in West. The values of Democracy not decided by power but by the capital market.
    We do not missed in seldom study and research on this capital market studies, that who reinforcement CAPITAL AND INVESTMENT by which are leading countries and nations in present Global context of economy.

    The Global economy has turn into NEW Integration by 21st century but that divorce OLD alliances led by US and EU nations ,new alliance had been already being in to exist. Most crux of matter Global economics of New alliances are still unknown and invisible time being.

    But the sorry to say that politicians of UNP do not understand (certain UNP) economic critics, while their misreading and misdigonaist value of Chinese capital market and developing consumer market in world; the UNP immature and extravagant critics has irresponsibly underestimated by misreading or not understanding at all present political order of new system had been already come into being by beginning this 21st century -that China, India, Japan, Brazil and Russia are few of them.

    What ever their( New Nations) political-Economic-social order is immaterial to us as long as Capital & Investment will serve for Nation Building and created wealth that help us to development of our Capital and investments market by rapid scale of development of Our national economic growth. China and Japan timely nation holding cash in hand in Inter- national Capital market Giants;their presently in our soil are well come that needless to say we are friendly with them.

    We indeed their assistance and Investment of Capital and Technology to be served driving our National economy into NEW LEVEL OF SUSTIATABLE DEVELOPMENT OF CAPITALSIM in Sri lanka.

    For me who ever party in power does not matter as long as serve turn nation into new path and model of development is important.

  • 0

    Charitha., you probably do not have balls to say this with many business interests with Rajapaksas.

    These PRC loans with high interest rates are accepted by Rajapaksas at any cost with commissions going like 15-22% for the first family and as Premadasa did, it will really really hard to dislodge this regime with billions of dollars in their kitty to buy votes and do all sorts of gimmicks in a decisive election.

    Let your buddy RW know this and its possible this MARA regime will give a 3 Wheeler for every remote household or something like that since they can afford even that much money.

    Rajapaksas are not the very same Mr. 10 percents anymore., they are the equivalent of a multi national company with global reach with money laundering., stock market manipulations, drugs and ethanol, land grabs, got all the LTTE gold reserves and armory as well as kickbacks from these mega projects and we are talking about USD5-10 million at their disposal in future election vote buying as well as rigging.

    UNP need some serious brains to stop this Jil-mart from the Medamulana bunch of rich-rogues who are just like the Somali pirates., Charitha – are you guys ready?

  • 0

    Very good article. Thanks.

  • 0

    “Prime Minister Abe reiterated that “it is a result of that speech that Japan exists today ””
    If Siri Lankan guy’s, President of SL later, speech could build a country like Japan, why the hell he didn’t do similar thing to country he led? Instead of one, JR should have done 10 great speeches and made SL respectable country (not beggars country which cannot feed itself)

  • 1

    If a newcomer from Sri Lanka arrives in Japan and takes connecting train, he/she will be greeted by JR in bold letters and instantly come to conclusion it has something to do with JRJ but of course not, it stand for ‘Japan Railway’ but it beautifully coincides with economic might of Japan has something to with JRJ and Treaty of San Francisco. This even may be a turning point of Japanese history many Japanese had conveniently forgotten.

    This very Finance Minister elected as (executive) president with landslide victory in 1979 election and he changed colours entirely against his own people- namely Tamils and Muslims.

    He said in San Francisco:
    ”We believe in the words of the Thathagatha – the Great Teacher, the Buddha, whose message has ennobled the lives of countless millions in Asia, that ‘Hatred ceases not by hatred but by love’.”
    He further said, ‘We extend to Japan the hand of friendship.
    The Great Teacher, the Buddha, whose message has ennobled the lives of countless millions in Asia, that ‘Hatred ceases not by hatred but by love’.”

    I’m appalled to think, is this very person who extend his friendship to Japan and stunt the audience in San Francisco with the message of ‘Love’, just after three decades instigate hatred towards Tamils and Muslims did nothing to prevent killing of innocent civilians and mega scale looting of innocent Tamils in 1983 ethnic cleansing which occurred before his very eyes!!!

    When JRJ showed green flag to open a Israeli Embassy, the Muslim ministers and his long time pale A.C.S. Hameed vehemently oppose the proposals the Jewish State could shatter the peace and harmony the country enjoys and he very arrogantly answered to Hameed ‘stay or go Israelis will come’.

    Yes Indeed, JRJ changed the cause of the history of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as well. With the might and executive power, he thought he could do whatever he think and he did with very selfish motives. What if he had been an allied leader with more power on his shoulders???
    There won’t be a country to call ‘Japan’ today!!!!!

  • 0

    Very good article. Very informative.

  • 1

    Queer the same guy you glorify was responsible for unleashing the totally unBuddhistic genocidal acts of 1983 which in turn led to a 27 year old war!

    JRJ’s other foolish endeavor was aligning himself with the West and antagonizing India; this led to India arming training and financing the Eelam separatists. But the biggest non-buddhist acts were deliberately allowing the 1983 riots; depriving his biggest rival’s civic rights, rigging elections, having a bogus referendum, using the rubber stamp 5/6th majority parliament to pass egregious laws including laws that saw the TULF expelled from Parliament etc.. And you were an active decisive member of that regime. If he were a real Buddhists he would not have created this damned constitution you are all struggling to fix now. If he were that Buddhist he would not have jailed people like Vijaya Kumaratunge and tried to blame him for violence started by his party; if he were that Buddhist he would not conjure up cock and bull stories of “naxalites” and antagonize India. This is not a defence of the Family Incorporated regime of SL now but pointing out your obvious bias towards your greatest ideological guru and benefactor.

  • 2

    Japan helped to protect the inhabitants from the trap set by the West with the current UNP Christian Faction Leader Ranil.

    China helped to finish off Prabakran.

    Just add up the value in Dollars of all the items which Ratwatte himself has listed.

    Compare that with the silly USD 5 Billion promissory note of the White fellas.

    Thank heavens Ranil was kicked out.

    Other wise USD 5 Billion for one third of Srilnaka would have gone down as the land deal of not just the 20th century but the whole History..

    Incompetent , Worthless says Mr Ratwatte.

    But the boss of HSBC says SL’s achievements post Nanthikadal have no comparison.

    And he wants his bank to be a major player going forward.

  • 0

    ” and to end the Allies’ military occupation of Japan and return sovereignty to that defeated nation. “

    The so-called allies may have left Japan, but the US military has no such intention. 900+ military bases around the world tells it’s own story. The occupying military is NOT subject to Japanese law, and the demands of the Japanese population that the US vacate it’s bases get brushed off. We cannot talk of Japanese sovereignty with an unwelcome ‘guest’ still in occupation of some part of it’s land. The ‘Treaty’ is therefore more like the one imposed on us by the Indians under Rajiv G.

    It is gratifying to learn that little Sri Lanka made some small contribution to ameliorate the post war condition in Japan and allow it to grow into the industrial behemoth that it is today. We benefit from the fact that the Japanese have long memories. Thank you Charitha.

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