Japanese investors keen on Ayurveda
Japanese investors are keen on investing in the country while
strengthening cordial links between Japan and Sri Lanka, a former
Japanese Parliamentarian and a front line investor Zenjiro Kaneko said
in an exclusive interview with the Daily News.
Kaneko was the Head of the Japanese delegation which visited the
country recently to look into investment opportunities.
He said even Sri Lankan investors are able to invest in various
sectors in Japan.
“Japanese investors are ready to assist Sri Lankan investors to
invest in Japan by introducing them to new methodologies and technical
know-how,” Kaneko said.
A Japanese delegation comprising 10 Japanese investors was on a five
day visit to identify investment opportunities in the country,
especially in the indigenous medical treatment sector. The delegation
studied the possibilities of introducing Ayurvedic medicine among
Elders’ Homes in Japan.
This idea was mooted by the Consul General for Sri Lanka in Japan
Medagama Gamage Sunil, a Sri Lankan entrepreneur in Japan.
Kaneko said Sri Lankan traditional Ayurvedic medicines will be
introduced in elders’ homes for bodily diseases, skin diseases and bone
fractures since the Ayurvedic system is among the best healing methods
in the world.
Yukinori Takahashi. a member of the delegation who is the owner of
one of the five main elders’ homes in Japan, said he plans to
manufacture medicine using Sri Lankan herbs and Ayurvedic methods
blended with novel Japanese technology.
Delegation members said they plan to start over 500 Ayurvedic spa
centres in Japan.
They also plan to start Ayurvedic spa centres in Sri Lanka.
The delegation held discussions with Indigenous Medicine Minister
Salinda Dissanayake, Ayurvedic Drug Corporation officers and Ayurvedic
The Japanese investors will also invest in various sectors.