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Nippon Foundation head Sasakawa aided American journalist’s release from Myanmar 

  • November 20, 2021
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Saturday’s Asahi ran its one-on-one interview on Thursday with Sasakawa Yohei, chairman of the Nippon Foundation and Japan’s special envoy for national reconciliation in Myanmar. Sasakawa said that at the request of the United States, he directly urged Min Aung Hlaing, the top commander of the armed forces of Myanmar, at an in-person meeting on Nov. 13 in Naypyidaw to release Danny Fenster, the managing editor of the online news magazine Frontier Myanmar, who had been detained since May. Sasakawa said he was asked by a visiting senior U.S. government official to intercede with the Myanmar military for the release of Fenster. Kyodo News also reported on its interview with Sasakawa on Thursday, during which he said the U.S. government sought his help to win the freedom of the American journalist. 

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