The visiting Dalai Lama on Saturday reiterated that he would like to see a high degree of autonomy for Tibet, Japanese lawmakers said.

The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, who arrived Friday in Japan, made the point in a meeting with House of Representatives member Seishu Makino of the Democratic Party of Japan, who heads a group of lawmakers interested in Tibetan issues, and six other lawmakers.

The Dalai Lama, who China criticizes as the leader of a secessionist movement, told the Japanese lawmakers that he is not seeking independence but a high degree of autonomy for Tibet.

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