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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar coup presses Japan to retreat from Abe-era business push

Southeast Asian country's crisis jeopardizes billions of dollars in investment

When then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Myanmar in 2013, he brought executives from about 40 companies and organizations. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's ties with Myanmar, long shadowed by memories of World War II, are today shaped by businesspeople like Shinsuke Goto, who now faces the decision of whether to stay in the Southeast Asian country after a decade of helping business put down roots.

The Harvard Business School graduate and former investment banker at Daiwa Securities started an independent consultancy, Trust Venture Partners, in Yangon in 2016. Trust Venture finds local partners for foreign companies and opportunities for investment in a country once touted as "Asia's last frontier."

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