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Japan to suspend new aid to Myanmar 

  • March 31, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ is discussing a plan to refuse the Myanmar junta’s requests for aid for new infrastructure development projects and partially suspend assistance for ongoing projects in response to its security forces’ oppression of demonstrators. The paper speculated that the GOJ is considering suspending economic assistance to Myanmar because there has been no improvement in the situation in the nation despite Tokyo’s call on the junta to stop using violence against demonstrators. However, Japan will continue to provide humanitarian assistance such as medical equipment and food via international organizations. Foreign Minister Motegi stated at a meeting of the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense on Tuesday that Japan is strongly urging the junta to immediately stop using violence, release detainees, and return the country to a democratic system as soon as possible. Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told reporters on Tuesday that Tokyo will make a comprehensive decision on its future economic assistance for Myanmar by keeping a close eye on developments in the nation. The paper wrote that the GOJ is cautious about imposing sanctions on the Myanmar junta and is planning to continue to hold dialogue with it.  

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