Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama sent a message to the visiting Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama through a group of Japanese lawmakers Sunday saying he is hoping to meet with His Holiness again, group sources said. Hatoyama avoided directly meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, apparently considering Japanese relations with China, which sees the Buddhist leader as a separatist trying to tear Tibet from Chinese rule. But the message may draw criticism from China.

Tokyo, Japan: Since arriving in Japan on 30 October, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has met with journalists, scientists and Buddhist followers to address a wide variety of issues and spread his message of compassion. His nine-day visit is at the invitation of the Shikuko Buddhist Association and Okinawa Mahabodhi Association.

Noble Peace laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Satuarday in Tokyo, the Japanese capital calls for international media to be allowed to visit Tibet to assess conditions without the presence of armed security officers. "If the reality in Tibet is what the government says and that Tibetan people are happy, then our information is wrong. We would have to apologize and we would cease all our activities," he said. "But if it's not as the government says, then they should take a realistic approach at solving the situation because propaganda isn't going to work."

On 27 October, Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA), Italy's leading news wire service, reported that Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno, had appealed to the Italian Government "for a strong condemnation of Chinese authorities' practice of the death penalty."

Dharamshala: In a recent statement, Zhu Weiqun, the so called the vice minister of the United Front Work Department, the Chinese government department in charge of talks with representatives of His Holiness Dalai Lama, claimed that the CCP had conclusive facts and evidence to prove that last year's riots in Lhasa in protest of the Beijing Olympics were "premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai Lama clique," quoted the CCP-operated news source China Daily.

Dharamsala, India: On the morning of 28 October, Nobel Peace laureates Jody Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, along with PeaceJam co-founder Dawn Engel, held a press conference at the Tibetan exile government's Department of Information and International Relations to announce the launch of the Thank You Tibet! campaign.

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