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Japan's Kirin seeks end to Myanmar ventures 'within a year': CEO

Brewer to cut ties with military-linked partner, fearing reputational damage

Kirin Holdings President & CEO Yoshinori Isozaki defended the decision to invest in Myanmar, saying its military-linked partner "should have followed the rules." (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings is seeking a "swift end" to its alliance with a company affiliated with Myanmar's military, Kirin's CEO said, as protests against the military coup continue to rage in the Southeast Asian country.

"I want to end our relationship with the [Myanmar] military," Kirin President and CEO Yoshinori Isozaki said in an interview with Nikkei on Thursday. "I want to settle it by spring, and definitely within a year."

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