Referring to the coup d’état by the Myanmar military, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said during a press conference on Feb. 2 that “it is necessary to convey Japan’s position by contacting military officials.” The Japanese government has a connection with the Myanmar military. In August last year, Minister Motegi met in Myanmar with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the top commander of the national army, who effectively seized power in the latest coup. At the time the minister conveyed his intention to support the creation of a democratic country.
During the press conference, the minister reiterated, “The move that runs counter to Myanmar’s democratization process is regrettable and I strongly oppose it.” With regard to Japanese residents in Myanmar, he said, “So far, there is no information that there have been any injuries,” and added, “We are requesting the Myanmar military ensure the safety of Japanese people in the country.”
Regarding the sanctions suggested by the U.S., Minister Motegi said: “I want to see how the situation develops. It is important that Myanmar’s democratization process be restored.” At the same time, he said, “We want to look at cooperation with other countries.”