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Myanmar general meets with Japan lawmaker for 1st time since takeover

  • August 12, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:23 a.m.
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Min Aung Hlaing and ex-cabinet minister Hiromichi Watanabe discuss bilateral ties

 

Nikkei staff writers

 

BANGKOK — Myanmar’s Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing on Thursday met with a sitting Japanese lawmaker for first time since the military took control of the Southeast Asian nation in February 2021.

 

Hiromichi Watanabe is a member of Japan’s lower house and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He has served as minister in charge of reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

 

Watanabe and Min Aung Hlaing discussed how to bolster bilateral ties and encourage investment at their meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar state television reported.

 

The Japanese Embassy in Myanmar said it was aware of the meeting. The embassy said that the meeting was arranged by Watanabe himself and that it was not aware of the agenda or other details.

 

Former Posts and Telecommunications Minister Hideo Watanabe has also visited Myanmar multiple times since the takeover, meeting with Min Aung Hlaing. Hideo Watanabe now chairs the Japan Myanmar Association, a nongovernmental organization with offices in Tokyo and Yangon.

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