Food self-sufficiency and determination to achieve the target would bring Sri Lanka to a sustainable development with the available resources in the country, said Prof. Shimizu Yoshio from the Shinzu University, Japan. Prof. Shimizu delivering a public lecture recently in Colombo said Sri Lanka’s attempt in this regard is also commendable.
Speaking on the theme – ‘The Development of Industry and Economy of Sri Lanka - from the perspective of Japanese Experience’, he said development should be gained without harming the culture and traditions of the country via a practical plan, which associates its own products. Japanese professor, who spoke on the Kansei engineering theory that aims the development of products and services by translating customer’s psychological feelings and needs into product’s design domain, said Sri Lanka has already begun the process with the organization like ‘Maubima Lanka’.
He was asserting that Japan experienced its development during 1950 to 1985 and entered the international market from 1985, but, not yet an independent nation. “Japan does what America wants. Many Japanese know this reality but they won’t discuss this in public. The great opportunity that Sri Lankans have is being fully independent,” he said. Quoting some UN Articles, he said those ‘enemy’ articles restrict the Japanese position. “That’s why Japan remains silent on many occasions. We can’t speak even in favour of Sri Lanka as we are bound by these Articles of the UN,” he said.
The Professor, who expressed his surprise on Sri Lanka not producing less expensive and least technologically driven three wheelers on their own, urges Sri Lanka to produce three wheelers soon. He also pointed out that government should take bold decisions to discourage foreign products inside the country. He explained, in Japan, imported rice is enforced a tax of 778%. “Tax on Imported sugar is 328%, 360% for imported butter and 252% for wheat. I encourages local farmers as well as the products”, he added.