In 1st Since WWII, Japan Army Chiefs Visits Burma

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Japan’s Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki addresses the Air Command and Staff College faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, US in August 2012. (Photo: U.S. Air Force Melanie Rodgers Cox/Released)

In a first since World War II, Japan’s army chief is visiting Burma. Chief of Staff of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki arrived in the capital of Naypyidaw on Monday to meet his counterpart and to build closer military ties.

He will meet commander-in-chief of defense services Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing on Tuesday to discuss bilateral military ties and mutual cooperation in security and disaster relief.

Iwasaki will also meet President Thein Sein, who has also rekindled military ties with the U.S., before visiting Rangoon on Wednesday.

Japan had no military relations with Burma under the country’s previous military regime. Burma was under Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945.

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