Association Name : Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA)

Country : Sri Lanka

Date of Establishment : 1984

Brief Description of Association :
Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association, established in 1984 is a non profit service organization and functions as the alumni of the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) Now Known as the overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) Japan. The Executive Committee and the membership of JASTECA consists of returned trainees of AOTS scholarship programs, who have volunteered their services to coordinate scholarship activities and also to disseminate the knowledge and expertise gained in Japan to other Sri Lankans.

To be recognised as one of the best managed AOTS Alumni Associations in the world and a leading Association in Sri Lanka promoting human resource development and transfer of technology.


  • To build cultural and business relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka
  • To promote cultural and business links with other countries through the network of AOTS Alumni Societies
  • To contribute to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka
  • To promote the further development of the World Network of Friendship5. To harness the potential and improve the quality of life of our members
  • To harness the potential and improve the quality of life of our members

Name of Contact Person for Correspondence :
President : Mr. NihalSeneviratne( +94-77-7343487 /
General Secretary : Mr. MangalaSamarajeewa (+94-71-4159212 /

Contact Address :
SASAKAWA Memorial Sri Lanka Japan Cultural Centre,
No.4, BalaTampoe Lane, (Former 22nd Lane),
Colombo 3.

Phone :
Tel: +94-11-2337007 / Fax: +94-11-2449057

Email :

Website of Association :

JASTECA role recognized by two Heads of State – Japan and Sri Lanka

Joint Statement between Sri Lanka and Japan by the Heads of State His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa and His Excellency Shinzo Abe recognizes the role played by JASTECA (Japan Sri Lanka Technical Cultural Association)

On the conclusion of the official talks between the Sri Lankan and Japanese delegations, The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe and His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on 7th September 2014, a Joint Statement was issued between Sri Lanka and Japan

In this statement in point No 24 , the two leaders appreciated the role played by Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA) which is an alumni association of the current Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) in introducing Japanese-style management skills and know-how in Sri Lanka.

Meeting with the Hon State Minister of METI

The senior vice Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba and his senior delegation of 5 members was met by the President, Vice Patrons and the General Secretary of JASTECA at a meeting held on 28th July, 2014 at the Residence of His Excellency the Ambassador.

JASTECA informed the Minister of some of the activities of JASTECA with Japan, where training has been given for 3,500 members who are now maintaining and practicing Japanese style of management systems in Sri Lanka. The senior vice Minister of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Mr. Kazuyoshi Akaba was pleased that METI had contributed immensely in developing management skills of such a vast number of personnel from diverse industries.

JASTECA presented to the Hon vice Minister a plaque to commemorate the 30 year relationship of JASTECA and Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry Japan. Picture shows President of JASTECA Athulla Edirisinghe making the presentation. Also in the picture are Nihal Seneviratne, Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya, Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo, Lal De Alwis and Berty Kulatilake.

Meeting with the Hon State Minister of MLIT

Visiting Japanese vice Minister of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Manabu Sakai had a meeting with senior members of the Japan-Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA), which is an associate organization of The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) Japan. Mr. Edirisinghe, President of JASTECA gave details of possibilities of future collaboration between MLIT and JASTECA in providing Human Resource Development and Training in specialized fields. He further stated that JASTECA, through its competent alumni members can undertake special skills development programs in case Sri Lankan manpower is sought for future needs of Japan.

On behalf of JASTECA, Mr Edirisinghe thanked the Vice Minister for his Ministry’s contribution towards the Colombo City Master plan which will eventually result in minimizing the traffic congestion in the city and stated that millions of Sri Lankans will be grateful to Japan for this gesture.

Report on the progress of JASTECA Institute of Management (JIM)

During the past year, JASTECA Institute of Management (JIM), which is the training arm of JASTECA, was able to establish itself as a prominent player in the local management training industry. The glowing reputation of JASTECA, which has contributed immensely towards Sri Lanka’s business sector through the development of Human Resources and Japanese Management, has benefitted the management of JIM when promoting training programs and attracting participants for our seminars.

JIM has conducted an array of training programs on a wide range of topics from June 2013 to July 2014. These programs could be classified as both public programs and in-house programs.

Overall, in both public and in-house training programs, JIM has trained approximately 1500 personnel from both public and private sector organizations in the country during the period under review, which are a significant milestone and an achievement for the institute.

In general, JIM has been able to live up to its vision and mission, which is to contribute significantly towards productivity and efficiency of the country’s corporate sector through the development of human resources.

A Lecture in progress

Participants at a seminar

Japanese Language Education Association (JLEA)

The Japanese Language Education Association (JLEA) concluded yet another successful year conducting Japanese Language education in Sri Lanka as the Premier Japanese Language Education Institute. This was possible due to the dedicated contribution made by both the Japanese and Sri-Lankan teachers resulting in a very high standard of education achieved by the students of JLEA. We are indeed proud of this achievement. Over 1250 students enrolled for Japanese language classes during this period.

Answer scripts of JLPT Examination ready to be couriered to Japan

Pre JLPT Examination, administration work of JLEA in progress

WNF Program

The WNF funding has been extremely useful for Alumni Societies in dispatching trainees to countries other than Japan in order to receive valuable technological training. JASTECA also dispatches some trainees to Thailand which has been extremely beneficial to Sri Lankan trainees in areas such as post-harvest technology, lean management, electronic management etc. And some of them have even benefited tremendously by visiting factories where Toyota Operating System is implemented. On their return to Sri Lanka they are engaged in implementing what they have observed and studied in Thailand.


Fully Funded Programs under New Global Cooperation was introduced by HIDA to AOTS Alumni Societies at the 8th World Convention held in Japan. Since then JASTECA has made use of this extremely valuable programme in spite of the higher cost than the AOTS HIDA sponsored Alumni Scholarships. The objective of the Sri Lankan companies is to expose their senior staff to management concepts practiced by Japanese companies as well as gain the opportunity to listen to world class lectures by highly reputed Japanese professionals.


JASTECA was privileged to have Ms. Mariko Iida as an internee who visited Sri Lanka on a training programme for a period of three months. JASTECA provided internship training to Ms. Ida in the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka. Accordingly JASTECA arranged several training programs in many leading five star hotels in Colombo for her. Sri Lanka has consistently increased the number of tourist arrivals from different parts of the world including Japan. In fact as at end of August, we welcomed the millionth tourist for this year. Thus our target of 1.5 million tourists for this year is achievable. Sri Lanka has doubled the tourist arrivals from Japan. The hospitality organizations in Sri Lanka would welcome Japanese internees who are connected to the hospitality sector. Mariko Ida san appreciated and understood the internship programme in Sri Lanka very much with the strong support from JASTECA.

Ms. Marlko the intern, Mr. Sakishige (JETRO) & Mr. Waragai Yasuaki

JASTECA Awards 2013

The highlight of JASTECA’s calendar is the JASTECA Awards Ceremony which was held on 17th January 2014 for the 18th consecutive year. This comprises of three awards namely, the Taiki Akimoto 5S Award, The Nagasaki Yamamoto KAIZEN Award and the Ian Dias Abeysinghe CSR Award.

Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd Head office won the prestigious Taiki Akimoto 5S Award, NOLIMIT Kandy & Negombo jointly were the 1st runner-ups. The second runner-up was Hatton National Bank PLC – Pettah.

The Nagasaki Yamamoto Kaizen Award was won jointly by NOLIMIT Kandy and Glitz Negombo. New criteria were introduced to select Ian Dias Abeysinghe CSR Award winner and it was won by Commercial Bank of Ceylon.

Taiki Akimoto 5S Award winner Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd accepting the award from His Execellency Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo.

Ian Dias Abeysinghe CSR Award winner Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC accepting the award from His Execellency Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo

Kaizen Award winner NOLIMIT accepting the award from Guest of Honour Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean

SAFAAS Activities

The Executive Committee Meeting was held in Mumbai India, with the opening of new HIDA office. General Secretary of SAFAAS Mr. Gamini Marambe and JASTECA President and Senior vice Patron participated the meeting. 11th SAFAAS convention will be held in Kerala India and New President and the General Secretary was appointed.

JASTECA had initiated to hold a Regional workshop and seminar during January 2015. Details of same have been circulated by the President to all SAFAAS members, Mr. Mitani of HIDA New Delhi Office and HIDA, Japan. Further details will be presented at the SAFAAS Group Meeting in October 2014 in Tokyo. Two renowned resource persons have been identified for a one day workshop and a visit to a world class factory has been arranged on day two of the workshop.

Members’ Night & Dinner Dance 2014

Japan Sri Lanka Technical & Cultural Association organized a Members’ Nite & Dinner Dance “Cherry Blossoms” on Saturday 10th May 2014 at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo.

This event was well attended by members, their spouses and guests. A gathering of over 275 participants enjoyed the evening with a live band in attendance.

His Excellency the Ambassador for Japan in Sri Lanka Nobohito Hobo and Madam Hobo graced this occasion. There were many prizes and surprises for the attendees.

The proceeds of this event will be utilized for JASTECA’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

His Excellency Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo addressing the attendees

Members enjoying themselves

Mr. Edirisinghe President of JASTECA presenting a gift to a winner.

Report on the Donation of 10 Computers to 2 Schools in the Dimbulagala Education Zone

JASTECA on an approval from the Nippon Foundation donated the 10 Personal Computers, which were originally donated by the Nippon Foundation to the JASTECA Computer School to the Kashyapa Maha Vidyalaya in Dimbulagala and Wile Yaya Maha Vidyalaya in Aralaganvila in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka on 30th March 2014. The two schools were selected as needy schools by the Deputy Director of the Zonal Education Office in Dimbulagala , Sri Lanka out of 102 schools which fall under the Dimbulagala, Sri Lanka Education Zone. Mr. Sunimal Weerasooriya and Mr. Chandana Amaratunga attended the handing over ceremonies held at the two schools representing JASTECA.

Donation of computers to Kashyapa Maha Vidyalaya in Dimbulagala and Wile Yaya Maha Vidyalaya in Aralaganvila on 30th March 2014.

Madam Kiyoko Ogawa Scholarship Program-2014

The “15th Madam Kiyoko Ogawa Scholarship Award Ceremony” was held on Sunday 03rd August 2014 at MN/Thatchanamaruthamadhu Government Tamil Mixed School – Madhu in Mannar District. 25 scholarships were awarded to 25 needy students from Mannar District, Sri Lanka. Madam Ogawa, the Donor of the fund participated as the Chief Guest. Out of the 25 scholarships, 17 scholarships were funded by private donors and members of JASTECA. Mr Mangala Samarajeewa took a lead role in organizing the scholarship program as the Chairman of the committee.

JASTECA Team, Zonal Director of Education, Teachers and Students who received scholarships

Madam Ogawa, Mr. Edirisinghe (President of JASTECA) and Mr.Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya (Vice Patron of JASTECA) presenting a scholarship and a gift.

JASTECA Social Network Sub-committee Report – 2014

The JASTECA Executive Committee with the sole intention of bringing its general membership together with their families and to create cordial fellowship for much better inter-action inaugurated the Social Network Subcommittee. The Social Network Committee comprises of members from the general membership. This gives them an opportunity to be closely linked with the Executive Committee and also to bring about new thinking for projects to involve other members.

This Committee conducted a “Sing-along” Musical Evening on 16 August 2014 at the Sasakawa auditorium for the benefit of the members & their families. His Excellency the Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo and Madam Hobo were in attendance.

Participants at “Sing-along”

JASTECA Christmas Party

The JASTECA Annual Christmas Party was held in December 2013 at the Fingara Club, Nugegoda. This was basically organized for the general membership of JASTECA and their extended families.

Children enjoying at the Christmas party – 2013

Quarterly Newsletter

JASTECA has been circulating quarterly Newsletters to all its members. This gives news and details of coming events and social programs as well as the scholarship programs which are available for the general membership. This also highlights interviews with prominent personnel giving views and ideas for the development of the business climate in Sri Lanka for those interested in investing in varied areas of business.

Mr. Nihal Seneviratne (NS) President  
Mr. Athulla R. F. Edirisinghe (AE) Immediate Past President  
Mr. Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya (DW) Vice Patron  
Mr. C. Lal De Alwis (CLD) Vice Patron  
Mr. G. Kulatilake (GK) Vice Patron  
Mr. Nimal Perera (NP) Vice President View Profile
Mr. Gamini Marambe (GM) Vice President View Profile
Mr. Mangala Samarajeewa (MS) General Secretary  
Mr. Sunil Ratnayake (SR) Assistant Secretary  
Mr. Chandana Amaratunga (CA) Vice President  
Mrs. Ramya Ranaweera (RR) Treasurer  
Mr. Nirosh De Silva (NDS) Committee Member  
Mr. Nishan Fernando (NF) Committee Member  
Mr. Jithendra Gunatilake (JG) Asst. Treasurer  
Mr. Daminda Mulgama (DM) Committee Member  
Mrs. Kumari Hapugalle Perera (KHP) Committee Member  
Mr. Kushan Wijewickrama (KW) Committee Member  

Taiki Akimoto 5S Awards Competition - JASTECA