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Nippon Foundation donates vaccine to Myanmar

The Nippon Foundation handed over one million doses of an Indian-made coronavirus vaccine to the Red Cross in Myanmar on Sunday at an international airport in the country’s largest city, Yangon.   The foundation has been working for Myanmar for many years. It decided to donate a total of two million shots to the Red Cross, which has been engaged….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
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No prospects in sight for reopening of Japanese Embassy in Kabul

Tuesday’s Sankei reported that there are no prospects in sight for the reopening of the Japanese Embassy in Kabul after it was temporarily closed last August. The paper said that if Japan were to reopen its embassy while the international community is still trying to determine how to respond to the new Taliban government, it would send the wrong message….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
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Commentary: Biden’s democracy summit raises questions about consistency

TORU TAKAHASHI, Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Headquarters for Asia   BANGKOK — While the world was preoccupied with combating the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, the U.S. has drawn a contentious line in the sand over democratic values.   President Joe Biden invited leaders from some 110 countries and regions to an online Summit for Democracy on Dec. 9 and 10. But the….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
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Kazakhstan asks Japan to cooperate for nuclear-free world

Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)–Kazakhstani Ambassador to Japan Sabr Yessimbekov on Thursday asked Japan to cooperate to realize a world without nuclear weapons as countries that experienced damage from such weapons.   Yessimbekov made the request at a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Kazakhstan suffered radioactive pollution from the former Soviet Union’s Semipalatinsk nuclear test….Read more

  • December 16, 2021
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Kirin CEO: top priority is to continue brewing in Myanmar

NANA SHIBATA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese beverage company Kirin Holdings wants to “continue its beer business in Myanmar,” the company’s top executive said as it confronts serious human rights issues in the Southeast Asian country.   “The best scenario is that we keep operating,” Yoshinori Isozaki, Kirin’s president and chief executive, told Nikkei Asia on Wednesday. “If….Read more

  • December 15, 2021
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Myanmar shadow gov’t seeks help from Japan lawmakers for recognition

TOKYO – A parallel government formed by Myanmar’s pro-democracy forces in its fight against the junta urged a cross-party group of Japanese lawmakers on Thursday to lend support for it to gain recognition in Japan as a legitimate governing body.   Duwa Lashi La, acting president of the National Unity Government of Myanmar, said in a virtual meeting with the….Read more

  • December 9, 2021
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Editorial: Myanmar’s scripted ‘guilty’ ruling on Suu Kyi is unacceptable

Myanmar’s former State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to a four-year prison term. The pro-democracy leader was detained after the military took control of the Southeast Asian country in February, and faces over 10 charges overall.   The case was heard by a military-appointed court, which clearly assumed Suu Kyi’s guilt from the start. The ruling is unfair and totally….Read more

  • December 8, 2021
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Myanmar’s shadow gov’t asks Japan to recognize its legitimacy

TOKYO – The National Unity Government of Myanmar, a group formed in the wake of last February’s coup to represent the pro-democracy movement in its fight against the junta, sent a letter last month to Japan asking to be recognized as a legitimate governing body, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.   In the letter addressed to Prime Minister….Read more

  • December 7, 2021
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Japan concerned over Suu Kyi’s conviction, foreign minister says

TOKYO – Japan is concerned that Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was handed a two-year sentence for incitement and violating coronavirus rules, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Tuesday.   “It is an undesirable move when the international community, including Japan, is seeking Myanmar’s rapid return to a democratic political system, and we are concerned,” he said at a….Read more

  • December 7, 2021
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Sri Lanka awards port project to China after dropping Japan, India

RYOSUKE HANADA, Nikkei staff writer   NEW DELHI — Sri Lanka will tap a Chinese company for a port project in Colombo, its largest city, that had been awarded to Japan and India before the partnership was scrapped early this year.   The decision highlights Colombo’s balancing act and comes a month after Indian conglomerate Adani Group was awarded another….Read more

  • November 25, 2021
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