Tibetan Candidate Fails to Win Parliament Seat in Japan

Tokyo-based Tibetan scholar, who contested in the Sunday poll to the Japanese Upper House of Parliament, failed to get elected. The 54-year-old Dr.Pema Gyalpo, resident since childhood and professor of international relations at Japan's Toin University of Yokohama, is a respected figure in his adopted country, where he is a constitutional adviser to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. In an interview, he tells VOA that he had campaigned that Japan should broaden its military capabilities so it can take a larger role in world politics and also counter China's rapidly growing military might. He attributes the success of his opponents for supporting the current pension system. But Mr. Gyalpo is not disheartened. He said that he has got a good taste of politics.