TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is planning to visit Bangladesh from Saturday for talks with local officials about the crisis-level outflow of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Monday.
During U.N. General Assembly meetings in September, Kono said Tokyo will provide up to $4 million in emergency assistance to both Myanmar and Bangladesh through international organizations.
More than half a million Rohingya — a persecuted, stateless minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar — have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since renewed violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August.
Meanwhile, Kono is unlikely to attend the Asia-Europe foreign ministers meeting in Myanmar starting next Monday due to the Diet schedule.
Japan will send Kazuyuki Nakane, senior vice foreign minister, on his behalf, the official said.