Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurates ‘Yoga Club’ in Japanese Parliament
Tokyo, Apr 6: In yet another instance of yoga arriving big time in global political arena, yoga has been introduced in the Japanese parliament for the first time.
Lawmakers cutting across political affiliations are now part of a parliamentary league for promoting yoga, which was inaugurated on April 4th by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. On the first day itself, more than hundred parliamentarians joined the parliamentary league for promoting yoga.
The League will be headed by Hakubun Shimomura, former minister for education, culture, sports, and science and technology, who had attended and read the message from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at the World Culture Festival in Delhi in 2016.
Hiroyuki Hosoda, who leads the Japan-India Parliamentary Friendship League, will be the adviser and Yamada Hiroshi, Member of Parliament from the Upper House, will be the secretary general.
Welcoming Art of Living founder Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is the inspiration behind this venture, Hiroyuki Hosoda said he was confident that more and more parliamentarians will benefit from of this.
Addressing the gathering Sri Sri said, “Yoga is not new to Japan, but, we need to revive it again. Yoga helps not only on the individual level, but also can cure the ills of society. For lawmakers and decision makers, Yoga and Meditation will provide mental clarity, intuitive ability, heightened awareness and also help in coping with pressure.”
Hakubun Shimomura said, “Japanese population was seriously affected by cults like Aum Shinrikyo and it turned people away from Yoga. Gurudev Sri Sri will instill the faith in authentic Yoga.
Sujan Chinoy, Indian Ambassador to Japan said that Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar coming to Japan will be a boost in spreading yoga among the general population.
Elaborating on how yoga can benefit the Japanese population, Sri Sri said Pranayama, breathing exercises and meditation can definitely help to reverse the trend of high suicidal tendencies, citing a recent survey shows which shows 25 per cent of Japanese adults have considered committing suicide. He also mentioned that prisoners, police force, school teachers and college students would greatly benefit from yoga.
2017 has been declared as the Year of India-Japan Friendly Exchanges and the parliamentary forum is being seen a significant milestone in the tradition bound Japanese Culture. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the chairman of the Yoga Certification Steering Committee of the Quality Council of India (QCI).