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Showing posts with label Japan. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Japan: Rohingya repatriation possible upon democracy resumption in Myanmar

Dhaka Tribune  
BSS
November 23, 2022
File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Reuters

Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs TAKEI Shunsuke said sustainable repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas would be possible after resumption of democracy in Myanmar.

He said this while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Japan: Myanmar situation preventing full-scale Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka Tribune
UNB
November 14, 2022 

Myanmar needs to halt violence, release detainees and restore democracy, says Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki
File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki on Monday said it is unlikely to see a full-scale Rohingya repatriation anytime soon due to the situation in Myanmar at this moment.

"It'll be very difficult to see repatriation of Rohingyas on full-scale soon. Unless you see the improvement of the situation in Myanmar, it'll very difficult for us to see their repatriation to Myanmar," he said.

The ambassador said Japan is communicating with the Myanmar military and Myanmar needs to halt violence, release detainees and restore democracy there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Japan to contribute $3.5M in aid to Rohingya in Bangladesh

 AA
SM Najmus Sakib
DHAKA, Bangladesh
21.09.2022


Partnership agreement with UN refugee agency signed to help persecuted people living in Cox’s Bazar, Bhasan Char camps with essential services

Japan will provide $3.5 million to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and on Wednesday it inked a partnership agreement with the UNHCR to help the persecuted people living in two camps with essential services.

Bangladesh currently hosts over 1.2 million Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar's Rakhine State following a brutal military crackdown in August 2017.

Since the beginning of the emergency in 2017, Japan has been a steadfast supporter of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, contributing over $170 million to UNHCR and other UN agencies and NGOs in Bangladesh, including through this new funding.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Danger Awaited in Myanmar. So He Made a Daring Bid to Stay in Japan.

The New York Times
By Ben Dooley and Hisako Ueno
July 3, 2021


After defying Myanmar’s military rulers at a soccer match, Ko Pyae Lyan Aung decided to seek asylum. But he was being watched.

Ko Pyae Lyan Aung at a practice field in Osaka, Japan.Credit...Shiho Fukada for The New York Times


OSAKA, Japan — The soccer player’s plane was at the gate. Ahead of him stood his last chance at safety.

The athlete, Ko Pyae Lyan Aung, had come to Japan with Myanmar’s national team. On the field, before the first match, he had flashed a gesture of defiance — the three-finger salute made famous by “The Hunger Games” — against the military junta that had ousted his country’s elected government. He was now afraid of what might happen if he returned home.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Could Japan draw Myanmar's military junta chief to a UN peace initiative?

THE HILL
BY CHARLES CRABTREE,
OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
06/24/21

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL
© Getty Images

What should the Japanese government do about Myanmar? Since the military junta under commander in chief Min Aung Hlaing ousted democratically-elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, violence has erupted across the Southeast Asian nation. The new Tatmadaw regime has killed over 800 people, reportedly arrested more than 80 journalists, and detained thousands more politicians, pro-democracy protesters and human rights defenders without due process. In response to this and other abuses, mass protests have erupted across the country, often inciting further violence by state security forces.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bangladesh, Japan agree to work together for tackling Covid-19, Rohingya crisis

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
June 09, 2021
Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki calls on Bangladesh's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at his office on June 8, 2021. Photo: Collected


Bangladesh and Japan have agreed to work together to tackle the challenges of Covid-19 and Rohingya crisis.

The consensus came when Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at his office yesterday (Tuesday).

They comprehensively discussed the bilateral relations and issues of common concerns, says a foreign ministry statement today.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Japan should not follow the Western policy on Myanmar: Diplomat op-ed

Reuters
May 26, 2021,
Military troops and police go on patrol at Kayah state, eastern Myanmar, Sunday, May 23, 2021

Japan should play a bridging role to Myanmar's junta rather than following the Western policy of regime change, said a senior official at the Japan-Myanmar Association, which has strong ties with Myanmar's military.

"I argue that Japan must position itself as a bridge between the Tatmadaw and the United States and other democratic countries rather than blindly aligning itself with the Western policy of regime change," Yusuke Watanabe, the association's secretary general, said in an opinion piece for the Diplomat magazine.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

On Myanmar, Japan Must Lead by Example

THE I DIPLOMAT
By Yusuke Watanabe
May 26, 2021

“Japan must position itself as a bridge between the Tatmadaw and the United States and other democratic countries rather than blindly aligning itself with the Western policy of regime change.”

 As the inimitable Shwedagon Pagoda blazed in the sun in all its glory, I blithely set about my morning stroll in Myanmar’s budding former capital, Yangon, scarcely expecting the impending cataclysm. It was the fateful early morning of February 1, when the country’s decade-long democratization progress screeched to a sudden halt. The sight of military vehicles inundating Yangon’s bustling morning traffic aroused in me an eerie sense of déjà vu vividly colored by the memories of Myanmar’s past crucibles.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Military junta removes two dissident diplomats stationed in Japan

AsiaNews.it
Francis Khoo Thwe
05/20/2021

Critics of the violence against the democratic opposition, the two envoys asked the Japanese government for help. Japanese companies present in Myanmar say Tokyo is too "weak" with the Burmese generals. The military has recalled about 100 rebel diplomats to their homeland since the coup.

Yangon (AsiaNews) - The military junta has removed two diplomats stationed at the embassy in Tokyo. The two envoys boycotted the mission's activities in protest against the coup that overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy in February.

Their removal was reported this morning by Kyodo News, citing Burmese diplomatic sources.

The regime of General Min Aung Hlaing already sacked the ambassador to the United Nations in February, and last month dismissed the envoy to London.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Alarmed by inaction, lawmakers push Japan to embrace rights diplomacy

the japan times
BY SATOSHI SUGIYAMA
STAFF WRITER
Apr 6, 2021



Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi go to meet Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, and Lloyd Austin, U.S. Secretary of Defense, at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on March 16. | POOL / VIA AFP-JIJI


As Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gears up for his trip to Washington late next week, one potential discussion topic could throw a wet blanket over his excitement: Japan’s role in advocating for human rights through diplomacy.

As much as Tokyo is elated over having the first foreign leader to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in person since his inauguration and reaffirmation of Washington’s commitment to national security cooperation, there are worries that the meeting could be used by Biden to compel Suga to augment the Japanese government’s contributions to defending human rights in Asia.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Japan to provide $10m in emergency aid for Rohingya, host communities

Financial Express
FE Online Desk 
March 18, 2021


The Japan government has said it will provide 10 million US dollars in emergency grant aid to support the displaced Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh.

Of the total grant, 5 million US dollars will be provided to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), 4.3 million US dollars to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and 0.7 million US dollars will be provided to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for humanitarian assistance, according to a press release of Japanese Embassy received today (Thursday).

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Japan just talks the talk on Myanmar

ASIA TIME

By TEPPEI KASAI
MARCH 15, 2021


Tokyo's passive diplomacy will only embolden the Tatmadaw, which continues to commit grave abuses with impunity.

Myanmar people living in Japan and others protest near Shibuya Station in Tokyo on February 28, 2021. Protesters demanded the release of the nation's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others. Photo: Taketo Oishi / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP

Since the Myanmar military seized power on February 1, the Japanese government has expressed its “grave concerns” over the coup. It has called on the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, to “swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic political system,” and demanded the release of National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and all others arbitrarily detained.

Japan also expressed condolences for protesters killed by security forces, while “strongly” condemning the “violence against civilians.”

Such statements are important, but when compared with the concrete actions taken by other Group of Seven democracies, it’s clear that Japan is not yet using its full weight to pressure the Myanmar military. It has in effect taken a “wait and see” approach.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Japan to give $19 mil. grant aid to support Myanmar's Rohingya

The Mainichi
March 9, 2021 (Mainichi Japan)
In this Feb. 15, 2021 file photo, Rohingya refugees heading to the Bhasan Char island prepare to board navy vessels from the south eastern port city of Chattogram, Bangladesh. (AP Photo)


TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will contribute $19 million in emergency grant aid via international organizations to support Myanmar's Rohingya people who have fled homes in the country's Rakhine State to escape persecution and violence by the military, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Japanese officials said Tokyo will maintain humanitarian assistance to Myanmar even as it condemns the military coup on Feb. 1 that ousted a democratically elected government and saw State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders detained.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Japan's Myanmar Dilemma: How Hard To Push Against Military Coup Leaders? March 2, 202112:00 PM ET

npr
ANTHONY KUHN
March 2, 2021

Myanmar people and supporters march during on Feb. 14 in Tokyo to protest the military coup.Eugene Hoshiko/AP


SEOUL — The military's killing of at least 18 protesters on Sunday in Myanmar has increased pressure on foreign governments to use their influence to push for the release of the country's elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, from detention, and restore some measure of democratic rule.





Among Asian countries, Japan is one of the most influential. How it decides to handle Myanmar's coup could have a major impact on the Biden administration's bid to put democracy and alliances at the heart of its foreign policy.

Japan, UNHCR sign $10m deal to help Rohingya

THE NATION
Anadolu
March 02, 2021


Japan and the UN Refugee Agency signed an agreement over the weekend to provide around $10 million for improving access to clean water at camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees have been taking shelter following a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017.

The funds will be used to support the improvement of water supply and distribution systems for Bangladeshi host communities and Rohingya refugees in the Teknaf upazila, or administrative region, of Cox’s Bazar, the Japanese embassy in Dhaka and UNHCR said in a joint statement.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Japan Faces Dilemma On Decision To Get Involved With The Coup In Myanmar

NPR
February 25, 2021


Transcript
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

The Biden administration wants to put democracy at the core of its foreign policy. The coup in Myanmar a few weeks ago is an early test, and the administration has slapped sanctions on the coup leaders. Washington also wants other countries to follow its lead. Japan has some real influence in Myanmar, and NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports, this puts Japan in a tough spot.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Probe into Japan beer firm's links to Myanmar rights abuses 'inconclusive'

 MYANMAR TIMES
AFP
11 JAN 2021

A customer picks up a can of Kirin beer at a liquor shop Tokyo, 19 January 19, 2009. Photo: EPA-EFE

 

Japanese beer giant Kirin said Thursday an investigation into whether money from its joint ventures with the Myanmar military had funded rights abuses was "inconclusive".

Myanmar stands accused of genocide at the UN's top court after a brutal 2017 crackdown by the military forced 750,000 northern Rakhine Muslims to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh.
 
After mounting pressure from rights groups and UN investigators, Kirin Holdings last year asked consultancy group Deloitte to determine how the money from its business tie-ups with Myanmar military-owned breweries had been used.

"Unfortunately, the assessment was inconclusive as a result of Deloitte being unable to access sufficient information required to make a definitive determination," Kirin said.

It is "wholly unacceptable" for any proceeds from the joint ventures to be used for military purposes, its statement added.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Want repatriation of Rohingyas to begin this year, Bangladesh Foreign Minister writes to Myanmar

INDIA TODAY
Sahidul Hasan Khokon
Dhaka
January 4, 2021


While stating that he has written to his counterpart in Myanmar in this regard, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh wants to initiate the repatriation of Rohingyas this year.

File photo of Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen (Picture Courtesy: Twitter @AKAbdulMomen) 


Bangladesh has written to Myanmar over the issue of repatriation of Rohingya Muslims. The announcement by Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen comes days after the UNGA passed a resolution in this regard.

While addressing a press briefing on Sunday, AK Abdul Momen said he wrote a letter to his counterpart in Myanmar on the occasion of the New Year. "In the New Year, a letter has been sent to the State Council office in Myanmar," Momen said.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Japan wants start of Rohingya repatriation process next year: envoy

The Daily Star

UNB, Dhaka
December 24, 2020 

 
Photo courtesy: UNB

 

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki today said they want to see the start of Rohingya repatriation process next year.

"We would like to see the start of repatriation process next year. Japan will continue to help," he told diplomatic correspondents at DCAB Talk at Jatiya Press Club.

Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) hosted the DCAB Talk with its President Angur Nahar Monty in the chair. DCAB General Secretary Touhidur Rahman also spoke.

The Japanese Ambassador said they are communicating directly with top military officials and at the government level on the Rohingya crisis.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Japan’s Kirin Suspends Payments to Myanmar Military Firm

THE I DIPLOMAT
November 12, 2020

The Japanese beverages firm Kirin has suspended dividend payments to a tentacular Myanmar business conglomerate linked to the country’s military, the company announced this week. In a statement on November 11, Kirin Holdings Company, announced that it had suspended all dividend payments from two Myanmar beer ventures to Kirin and the Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (MEHL).

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