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Japan to Give $96 Million to Ethnic Minorities

6 January 2014

Japan’s government will provide 10 billion yen (US$96 million) in aid to improve living conditions in ethnic minority areas of Burma over the next five years, the Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday. Citing Japanese government sources, the report said that the aid, which will be mostly in the form of grants, would be used to bolster the living standards of ethnic minorities that have suffered during years of internal conflicts in the country. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to provide a total of more than 150 billion yen ($1.4 billion) in loans and grants to Burma to support the development of the resource-rich country and strengthen economic ties between the countries.