March 6, 2006
the sponsorship of Mr. Tonooka and the co-sponsorship of Shimpu
Party, long-time supporters of the freedom and independence of
Southern Mongolia, Tibet and East Turkistan, a “Support the
Independence of Southern Mongolia” Meeting was held on March 4, at the
Garden Palace Hotel in Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto City.
According to the press release posted on the Shimpu Party
website, after welcoming messages by the organizers and brief
introductions by members of the Inner Mongolian People’s Party,
the president and the executive director of the Party’s Japanese branch
were invited to speak about the previous day’s closed-door
meeting that decided to move the Party’s headquarters from the
United States to Japan as well as organizational plans for
continuing the independence movement.
At the meeting, S. Shinjilt, representative of the IMPP European
Branch, pointed out that the Southern Mongols were guaranteed by
the Chinese Communist Government’s National Constitution to
enjoy “high autonomy” and allowed to keep their congress,
military and national flag when the Autonomous Region was
established in 1947. However, today, Shinjilt said, the Southern
Mongols are left with autonomy in name only and the Autonomous
Region receives fewer benefits from the Central Government than
any province or municipality in all of China.
Participants from Japan included Ms. Sato Nagiko, honorary
consul of East Turkistan Government in Exile, Mr. Okamura
Akihito, member of Yishin Seitou - Shimpu Party, and Mr.
Morishita Toshio from Kanazawa Province. During the
question-and-answer session, not only IMPP members were asked
about the present situation of Southern Mongolia and current
status of the independence movement in different countries but
also the IMPP president himself was asked to comment on “Gen-kou”,
a Japanese term referring to the Mongol invaders sent by
Khubilai Khan who attempted twice but failed to put Japan under
the Mongol rule.