The Dalai Lama, however, planned to hold a news conference before continuing on to Seattle. His Tokyo visit was described as nothing more than a "stopover."
Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura told a regular press conference Thursday there was "no specific reason" why the Tibetan spiritual leader would not meet with officials.
China, however, probably would not like such a meeting. When the Japanese stop was confirmed, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, "We have consistently opposed his going to other countries and carrying out separatist activities, under whatever name or in whatever capacity.''
Japan has urged the Dalai Lama and Chinese officials to get together for peaceful talks.