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Suu Kyi to Visit Japan Next Year

30 July 2012

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Japan next year on her first visit since being released from house arrest in November 2010. Suu Kyi announced her plans to Japan’s goodwill ambassador to Burma for the welfare of ethnic minorities, Yohei Sasakawa, who met her at the weekend in the capital Naypyidaw. A member of Sasakawa’s delegation said on Sunday that the Nobel Laureate declared her intention to visit when Japan’s famous cherry blossoms bloom, which means roughly at the end of March. He asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to release information. Suu Kyi was invited to Japan during a visit to Burma last December by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.—AP