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Dalai Lama cancels November visit to Japan, citing doctor’s advice to rest

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL)

(TibetanReview.net, Oct06, 2017) – Citing advice from his doctor, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has cancelled a planned Nov 2017 tour of Japan, reported the Kyodo News agency Oct 4.

The report said the Tibetan leader was to visit Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Kumamoto prefectures over Nov 10-21. He was also to attend a religious ceremony in connection with a deadly earthquake that hit the Kumamoto region last year.

The report cited the Dalai Lama’s Tokyo representative office as saying the 82-year-old Tibetan leader was advised to refrain from long-distance travel and take a rest instead.

Earlier, in August this year, the Dalai Lama cancelled what was to be his first ever visit to the south African country of Botswana for a peace conference and a meeting with its President, citing fatigue after hectic schedules in Ladakh and other parts of India. He also postponed an Oct 2017 visit to Emory University in the USA, citing physical exhaustion.

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet, having devolved his historical political and administrative powers to the elected exile Tibetan leadership. However, Tibetans still look up to him for guidance in all spheres of their affairs and as a symbol of their national identity.

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