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Japan pledges support for Myanmar peace


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged support for establishing peace in Myanmar during a meeting with representatives of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Japan last week.

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida, centre, and UNFC representatives meet in Japan on April 2, 2013. PHOTO: Naing Han Thar
Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida, centre, and UNFC representatives meet in Japan on April 2, 2013. PHOTO: Naing Han Thar
“The [Japanese] prime minister promised to help [Myanmar] by holding political dialogue between the Myanmar government and ethnic armed groups; alleviating poverty in Myanmar; and, improving the living standards of the people in Myanmar,” said Nai Hong Sarwho, a member of the UNFC, who attended the meeting between representatives of UNFC and the Japanese Prime Minister in Japan.

The Nippon Foundation, a Japanese philanthropic organization, sponsored UNFC delegates for their second visit to Japan, where the UNFC delegates met Shinzo Abe for about 30 minutes.

Nai Hong Sar, who also is a member of the New Mon State Party, said, “The prime minister’s speech was memorable; he said that after Japan surrendered in World War II, it [Japan] was poor and at that time, Myanmar gave rice to Japan, so Japan remember it with gratitude. So, Japan wants Myanmar to be peaceful,” he said.

The group's seven-day visit to Japan commenced on March 31.  A total of 23 members of various ethnic groups made up the UNFC delegation to Japan.  

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