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June 22, 2010

Dalai Lama urges Japanese young people to study English

dalai.jpegThe Dalai Lama spoke at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Saturday and urged Japanese young people to 'study English, and see the world......Whether you like it or not, English is the universal language. Study English and go out. This is very important.' when responding to questions about the increasing number of suicides among young people here.

He went on to say: 'Now, you should participate, wisely, (in) the outside world. But, the youth of Japan remain here, and (are having) some problems here. Go (to the) outside world! To Arabia, Africa, Latin America ... You can make many contributions.' The Mainichi Shimbun commented: 'The Dalai Lama's comments seem to come from his own experience of having to lead a life in exile in India, but creating a circle of support in many places in the world by using English.'

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