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Myanmar Crisis

Japan's Kirin to end joint beer ventures in Myanmar after coup

Brewer seeks to sever ties with military-linked company as 'matter of urgency'

Japan's Kirin has been under pressure from activists to end its joint ventures in Myanmar. (Source photos by AP and AP)

TOKYO -- Japan's Kirin Holdings announced it will terminate its two joint ventures in Myanmar, becoming the first Japanese company to denounce the military coup that took place earlier this week.

The military's actions were "against our standards and Human Rights Policy," the brewer said in a statement on Friday. "We have no option but to terminate our current joint venture partnership with Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited... We will be taking steps as a matter of urgency to put this termination into effect."

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