Lawmakers from the ruling and opposition camps established a group Tuesday to press China to improve human rights in Tibet.
The launch of the group came as the Dalai Lama is visiting Japan.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th to hold the title, addressed some 130 Diet members Tuesday, including from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito.
LDP leader Shinzo Abe said the Dalai Lama shares Japan’s values of freedom and democracy. “We will do all we can to change the situation in Tibet, where human rights are suppressed,” Abe said.