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World powers need to stop Myanmar civil war before it is too late

Japan and international community must think outside the box for solution

Soldiers stand next to military vehicles in Yangon: unrest in Myanmar is only growing as the military and the parallel government in exile both turn to arms.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Roughly eight months since the civilian government was forced out of power in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country is on the brink of a full-scale civil war as the military cracks down on peaceful protests and the parallel National Unity Government -- formed in exile by democratically elected leaders -- calls for open revolt.

The death toll from military airstrikes and targeted burnings is now growing even among noncombatants. The international community, and in particular Japan, must step up its efforts to prevent the crisis from escalating any further.

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