Japan communications minister concludes visit to Sri Lanka

Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo on Monday wound up a two-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other key government officials.

Shindo told reporters that a major focus of his talks was the provision of Japanese information and communications technology to Sri Lanka.

Shindo said the Japanese ICT system had been tested and evaluated by the Sri Lankan government and expressed hope that it would be adopted in Sri Lanka.

The Japanese Embassy in Colombo said Shindo's visit was a follow-up of Rajapaksa's visit to Japan in March. Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso visited Sri Lanka in May.

Apart from President Rajapaksa, Shindo also met with Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during his stay.

The two Rajapaksas are the president's younger brothers and are highly influential in the government.