. 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a Cabinet session on
, the Government of
named Nippon Foundation Chairman
as its special representative to help achieve ethnic reconciliation in
. The newly created post has no fixed tenure.
Chief Cabinet Secretary
said at a news conference that with the appointment of Sasakawa,
"will work to facilitate the process of reconciliation between
's government and ethnic minorities," which he said is expected to make progress.
Sasakawa's official title is "Special Envoy of the Government of
for National Reconciliation in
." With his status as a national civil servant with special duties, Sasakawa will represent the Government of
in contacting the
government, ethnic minorities and the governments of other countries in a bid to attain national reconciliation.
The Nippon Foundation, a
-based philanthropic organization, has long assisted
through such means as combating Hansen's disease (Leprosy) and building schools since the days when that country was under military rule. In
, Sasakawa was assigned by the government to act as "Goodwill Ambassador for Welfare of the National Races in
He has since taken the lead in offering assistance such as the supply of rice and medical goods to the areas that are home to the minorities. Upon being named the Special Envoy, Sasakawa said "there would be no unification and democratization of
without reconciliation among the different ethnic groups," adding that he would perform his duties fully aware of the heavy responsibility placed upon him.
Sasakawa's appointment by the Government of
is comparable to similar responsibilities given in 2002 to
, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, to represent
to help achieve peace and reconstruction in