Japan Promises Full Backing of Development Efforts in Burma

By Htet Naing Zaw 3 May 2016

NAYPYIDAW — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference here on Tuesday that Tokyo pledged its full-tilt support for development efforts in Burma.

“We’ll cooperate with the Myanmar government to create a climate that will benefit both the people of Myanmar and Japanese businesses,” the foreign minister said, specifically pointing out his country’s ambition to spur job creation, as well as development of the agriculture, education, finance, health care and infrastructure sectors in Burma.

“Japan will do as much as it can to help Myanmar with national reconciliation,” Kishida added, stating a desire to help the former pariah state re-engage internationally.

National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi said she appreciated Japan’s goodwill and generosity toward Burma.

The Japanese foreign minister said he hoped Suu Kyi would visit Japan again. The last time Suu Kyi made the trip was in 2013, after her party won a parliamentary by-election the previous year.

Kishida also met with President Htin Kyaw on Tuesday to talk about developing ties between their two countries, according to the President’s Office.