Tamils - a Trans State Nation..

"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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Tamil  Struggle for Freedom: Japan

Indian Ocean Sea Lanes

 Japan until 2004 was the second largest importer of oil in the world. It was then overtaken by China. The United States is the largest importer.

" The Indian Ocean is a critical waterway for global trade and commerce. This strategic expanse hosts heavy international maritime traffic that includes half of the world�s containerized cargo, one third of its bulk cargo and two third of its oil shipment. Its waters carry heavy traffic of petroleum and petroleum products from the oilfields of the Persian Gulf and Indonesia, and contain an estimated 40% of the world's offshore oil production... The Ocean features four critically important access waterways facilitating international maritime trade - the Suez Canal in Egypt, Bab-el-Mandeb (bordering Djibouti and Yemen), Straits of Hormuz (bordering Iran and Oman), and Straits of Malacca (bordering Indonesia and Malaysia). These �chokepoints� or narrow channels are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them. " The Indian Ocean Region: A  Story Told with Pictures

Japan's aid not conducive to peace in Sri Lanka - Tamil National Alliance, 2 July 2007
Japan has no immediate plans to follow lead of other donor countries and freeze aid to Sri Lanka, 10 June 2007
Japan, which provides over 60% of Sri Lanka�s foreign aid,  has no plans to cut its support, 26 May 2007
Japanese envoy Mr.Yasushi Akashi meets Head of the Political Wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) S.P. Thamilchelvan in Kilinochchi, 14 May 2005
Japan to provide $240m loan to Sri Lanka, 5 November 2004
"ISGA the base for future peace talks" - Akashi, 19 May 2004
Japan reiterates continued support for peace process, 5 December 2003
Japanese envoy Mr.Yasushi Akashi meets Pirapaharan, 8 May 2003
LTTE to boycott Japan aid conference in June , 12 April 2003
Japan's Cheque Book Diplomacy - Nadesan Satyendra, 15 May 1992



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