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Myanmar military receives Japan aid for bridge construction

Yokogawa Bridge pays local conglomerate $1.3m for subcontracting work

The Bago River Bridge project will link the Thilawa Special Economic Zone on the outskirts of Yangon to the city center. (Photo obtained by Nikkei)

BANGKOK -- Japan's Yokogawa Bridge has paid a company linked to Myanmar's military approximately $1.3 million for a bridge project built with foreign aid, Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday.

The payment was made to Myanmar Economic Corp., one of two major holding companies under military control. The Bago River Bridge is being built with official development assistance from Japan, with MEC involved as a subcontractor.

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