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Myanmar junta efforts to restore calm 'unworkable': ex-Japan envoy

More crackdowns and detentions on horizon as crisis goes from 'bad to worse'

Then-Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Tateshi Higuchi, left, meets with Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing in October 2017, in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.

TOKYO -- Myanmar has fallen deeper into turmoil since the military staged a coup on Feb. 1. Brutal crackdowns on anti-government protesters have claimed more than 700 lives so far.

In a recent interview, Nikkei asked Tateshi Higuchi, Japanese ambassador to Myanmar in 2014-2018 and former superintendent general of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, about where the Southeast Asian country is likely headed and how Japan should deal with it.

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