Japan pledges to assist Lanka both financially and technologically

By Ifham Nizam

The Japanese Government would continue to support Sri Lanka technologically and financially in keeping with global technologies by 2016, Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Nobuhito Hobo said yesterday.

Ambassador Hobo, speaking at the inaugural Integral Services Digital Broadcasting –Terrestrial (ISDB-T) Seminar in Colombo, said during his visit to Japan in March this year, President Mahinda Rajapaksa showed a keen interest in adopting the Japanese digital broadcasting system in Sri Lanka after studying the technical aspects.

He also said that the Japanese homemade system would be ideal to promote the government language policy, referring to Sinhala, Tamil and English.

Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary, Dr. Charitha Herath said that the Sri Lankan government had been working with many different technologies to take Sri Lanka to the digital platform of the future.

He said that in that technological advancement was needed and ISDG-T would be an option. "We need to go through it and study it," he added.

He also said that ministry would go through all proposals and come out with an appropriate solution shortly.

The living standard in Japan became better along with improvement of the quality of the television broadcasting. Japan completed digitalization of TV broadcasting in 2011 and discovered that digital broadcasting had infinite possibilities for the future, said Dr. Takachi Keisuke, Director International Economic Affairs Division, Global ICT Strategy Bureau.

He said that ISDB-T was an integrated service which had technical, social and economic benefits.

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