Daw Aung San Suu Kyi ar­rives in Japan

The Myanmar Times - - News -

FOR­EIGN Min­is­ter Daw Aung San Suu Kyi ar­rived in Tokyo yes­ter­day for talks with Japan’s Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe. This visit is her first trip to Japan since be­com­ing her coun­try’s de facto leader ear­lier this year.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Mr Abe are ex­pected to dis­cuss eco­nomic as­sis­tance and Myan­mar’s peace-build­ing process with its eth­nic mi­nori­ties, ac­cord­ing to a Ja­panese for­eign min­istry of­fi­cial.

Japan hopes to build a bet­ter busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in Myan­mar by of­fer­ing in­fra­struc­ture sup­port as more than 300 Ja­panese com­pa­nies cur­rently op­er­ate in the re­source-rich South­east Asian coun­try.

But the ma­jor donor has been irked by the de­lay in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit, re­port­edly be­cause of Tokyo’s close re­la­tion­ship with the for­mer mil­i­tary-backed gov­ern­ment of U Thein Sein.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been on a whirl­wind of diplo­matic trips since her party took power six months ago, in­clud­ing vis­its to South­east Asian neigh­bours as well as key al­lies China, the United States and In­dia.

Dur­ing her visit to Wash­ing­ton last month, US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama an­nounced he would lift decades-old eco­nomic sanc­tions im­posed on the for­mer mil­i­tary rulers.

At home, how­ever, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has faced crit­i­cism for press­ing ahead with her trips while a cri­sis is un­fold­ing in the north of Rakhine State, where ac­tivists have ac­cused the mil­i­tary of rap­ing and killing civil­ians from the Mus­lim Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity.

Dur­ing her Japan visit, which lasts un­til Novem­ber 5, she will also meet For­eign Min­is­ter Fu­mio Kishida and a Ja­panese busi­ness group.

She will visit Ky­oto Uni­ver­sity where she stayed for about 10 months in the 1980s, con­duct­ing re­search on her fa­ther, an as­sas­si­nated mil­i­tary of­fi­cer who steered the coun­try, then known as Burma, to­ward in­de­pen­dence from Britain. –

Photo: AFP

For­eign Min­is­ter Aung San Suu Kyi (cen­tre) is wel­comed by Myan­mar res­i­dents in Tokyo yes­ter­day.

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