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The Embassy Lecture Series 2014: Embassy of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

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the Embassy of Nepal in TokyoOn December 17th (2014), a wintery day, H.E. Madan Kumar Bhattarai from the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo, gave a very spirited lecture for the students at Hakusan campus. He began by stating how pleased he was to be able to have such an opportunity to exchange ideas with academics and students. This, he said, was a welcome break from his usual routine as a practicing diplomat.

H.E. Ambassador Bhattarai mentioned early in his lecture that of his total of 37 years of diplomatic experience only three years have been spent in Japan. However, he stated that Japan has been possibly the best country that he has had an opportunity to serve. His enjoyment is derived from the sheer honesty, modesty, simplicity, and sophistication of the people of Japan.

He said he was impressed with the establishment of Regional Development Studies which since 1997 has emerged as a most promising discipline with converging studies in regional planning, economics, environmental issues, international relations, and international cooperation.

Speaking on Japan-Nepal relations, he emphasized that both countries can be very proud of their present status. He said that Japan is one of Nepal’s most important development partners. Throughout history, the relationship has always been cordial.  Only for a short period during the Second World War did Nepalese troops fighting for the British come up against the Japanese army. Today, there are no issues to be resolved between these two countries. Both countries, he stressed, have strategic locations. Nepal is located between two of the largest Asian land masses, between China on one side and India on the other while Japan is a collection of islands.  Both countries share similarities including Buddhism. The birthplace of Buddha was in Lumbini, a village in Nepal.

the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo

Ambassador Bhattarai provided both historical and political overviews of Nepal. Regarding bilateral ties, he began with the year 538 with the entry of Buddhism to Japan via China and Korea. More recent developments included the first visit of Nepalese students to Japan which took place between 1902 and 1905.  He reviewed the chronology of imperial visits and other great milestones that have taken place over the years.

Lastly, he reviewed economic relations and the amounts of grant aid and technical cooperation including Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) extended to Nepal by Japan.  The lecture included a wealth of data including the numbers of Japanese tourists visiting Nepal and the increasing number of Nepalese now living In Japan.

The lecture was very informative and heightened student interest in visiting Nepal.

the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo

Robert Hughes (Associate Professor, Department of Regional Development Studies)

Embassy of Nepal, Tokyo