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Myanmar Crisis

Japan seeks dialogue with Myanmar military after coup

Tokyo's softly-softly approach could open it to criticism

Japan has maintained good relations with Myanmar over the decades. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, met Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing in August 2020 in Myanmar. (Photo courtesy of Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is seeking to strike a delicate balance between maintaining dialogue with the Myanmar military and censuring it for staging Monday's coup.

Tokyo has been in touch with the military through the Japanese embassy in Myanmar, a senior official from the ministry of foreign affairs told Nikkei. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday that he had "grave concerns" about the coup at a budget meeting, adding, "I would like to reiterate my strong call on the military to restore the democratic political system as soon as possible."

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