Lecture given by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

April 17, 2013

Date of activity: April 17, 2013

On April 17, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Leader of the Opposition in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient gave a lecture in the Ito Hall of the Ito International Research Center on Hongo Campus at 10:00hrs attended by around 400 students and members of the academic and administrative staff, filling the hall.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed by a warm and big round of applause following which she gave a lecture entitled “Democracy and Expectations on Young Leaders of the World”. In her lecture she spoke that democracy itself does not mean rights, but by everyone taking and fulfilling their responsibility it will lead to the realization of democracy, which ensures the individual’s rights. She called on the youths of Japan, who do not always actively participate in voting at elections that are free and fair, not to be indifferent to elections and to make use of these elections which are the first steps to achieving democracy. Furthermore, she advised the youths that to become a good leader, they must first be a good follower, having responsibility for their actions and the importance of expanding their knowledge.

Following the lecture, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi kindly answered questions put forward by several students, sometimes humorously. At the end of the event, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with flowers and a commemorative gift by students representing Todai.
The event was a great success, and it is available through the “Todai TV” on the following website.

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