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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar soccer goalie seeks asylum after match in Japan

Tokyo will take 'appropriate' steps on the request, government spokesman says

Pyae Lyan Aung, a goalkeeper with Myanmar's national soccer team, gives the three-finger salute to the media at Japan's Kansai International Airport on May 17.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will take "appropriate measures" for a Myanmar national team soccer player who is seeking refuge in the country, the chief cabinet secretary told reporters on Thursday.

Pyae Lyan Aung, 27, said Thursday that he will seek refugee status in Japan after refusing to return home on Wednesday night, fearing persecution in his home country. He was scheduled to depart from Japan from Kansai International Airport but left the team and met with legal advisers, local reports say.

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