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Kirin CEO: top priority is to continue brewing in Myanmar

Japanese company believes remaining will actually help human rights

Yoshinori Isozaki, Kirin's president and chief executive, told Nikkei Asia in a Dec. 15 interview that the best scenario for the Japanese company would be to continue its brewing business in Myanmar without its military partners. (Photo by Tetsuya Kitayama)

TOKYO -- Japanese beverage company Kirin Holdings wants to "continue its beer business in Myanmar," the company's top executive said as it confronts serious human rights issues in the Southeast Asian country.

"The best scenario is that we keep operating," Yoshinori Isozaki, Kirin's president and chief executive, told Nikkei Asia on Wednesday. "If Kirin exits, I think people in Myanmar will be disappointed."

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