We never forget the relationship with Japan & Sri Lanka gave from the former president Junius Richard Jayewardene.
Junius Richard Jayewardene (Sinhalese: ජුනියස් රිචඩ් ජයවර්ධන,Tamil: ஜூனியஸ் ரிச்சட் ஜயவர்தனா; 17 September 1906 – 1 November 1996), famously abbreviated in Sri Lanka as JR, was the leader of Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1989, serving as Prime Minister from 1977 to 1978 and as the second President of Sri Lanka from 1978 till 1989.
The friendship between Sri Lanka and Japan was consolidated over six decades ago with the great speech made by J. R. Jayawardene, the then Minister of Finance, at the Conference held on the Treaty of Peace with Japan(commonly known as the Treaty of San Francisco or San Francisco Peace Treaty), between Japan and part of the Allied Powers, was officially signed by 48 nations on September 8, 1951, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, United States. It came into force on April 28, 1952.
J.R. defended Japan in its hour of need when many western nations demanded payment for reparations for damages caused during the Second World War. At that time Japan was struggling to achieve economic stability immediately after the Second World War and such payments if made would have affected the economy of Japan adversely.
This treaty served to officially end the Second World War to formally end Japan’s position as an imperial power and to allocate compensation to Allied civilians and former prisoners of war, who had suffered Japanese war crimes. This treaty made extensive use of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to enunciate the Allies' goals.
In Sri Lanka, there is a memorial center of J. R. JAYEWARDENE and the national people know the contribution to Japan. But most of Japanese don't know the fame of J. R. JAYEWARDENE.
Why? It is because It took a long time since his party UNP had turned over to the opposition party, so it was hard for the government to advertise his fame.
Now is the time for everyone to know his achievement for Japan and should be reported to future generations. Ven. Pelpola Vipassi Thero was a brain truster of J. R. JAYEWARDENE. And J. R. JAYEWARDENE trusted him very much and taught him the way of life.
So Ven. Pelpola Vipassi Thero started his step steadily. He set up the memorial ceremony to praise the president on 22nd July in Minakami-machi (former Tsukiyono-machi), Gunma Prefecture. Because when J. R. JAYEWARDENE had died, he gave his right eye's cornea to Sri Lanka person and also the left eye's cornea to Japanese woman in Gunma Prefecture.
From that day, the project of building the Japan memorial centre of J. R. JAYEWARDENE has started.
Ven. Pelpola Vipassi Thero said that all we need is inheriting J. R. JAYEWARDENE's fame to future generations.
Goal of Construction Fund Amount: 20M USD
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