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26december20091Dharamshala: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual and political leader, will visit the Japanese Zenkoji Temple in the city of Nagano next June, His Holiness' liaison office in Tokyo announced on 24 December.

The temple authorities declined to serve as the starting point of the Japanese leg of the Beijing Olympic torch relay in April last year, due to concerns over the Chinese crackdown on Buddhists in Tibet.

According to the liaison office, His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented a Buddhist statue to Zenkoji at a meeting in Tokyo on 6 November last year, and the temple invited him at that time.

The Zenkoji Temple hailed the old-bronze Buddha statue as an important cultural and religious symbol.

Next June, His Holiness is planning to hold a service for world peace there, and also to give a public lecture in the city.

During His Holiness’s visit to Japan in November this year, Japanese prime minister Yokio Hatoyama sent him a message through a group of Japanese lawmakers, stating that he hopes to meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader again.

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