Myanmar violence disturbs Japan and calls for reinstalling democracy
Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe
Modern Tokyo Times
The government of Japan is increasingly disturbed by the use of violence by the security apparatus in Myanmar. Hence, unlike Western nations that failed to support Myanmar during the democratic path under State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the military elites need to weigh up the words of democratic Asian nations.
India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and other democratic nations in Asia, who maintained cordial relations with Myanmar despite Western manipulated humanitarian concerns, need a collective approach to the crisis. After all, the legacy of Western encroachment in the Mekong Delta – just like the chipping away of Buddhism by Islam in parts of Buddhist-influenced Asia – is based on imperialism, unequal treaties, demographic changes, and concerning Vietnam in recent history then Agent Orange.
Thus it is important for democratic Asian nations to seek a solution to the complex crisis in Myanmar. This equally relates to pointing out the negative meddling of outside forces if a vacuum exists – be this Western and Islamist intrigues in Rakhine or the increasing influence of China. Therefore, the military and political elites need to tread carefully because the only loser will be Myanmar.
The Foreign Ministry of Japan condemned the recent killings of two protesters by the security apparatus of Myanmar. Equally, Japan is calling on the reinstalling of democracy in this country and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners held under house arrest – and other forms of intimidation.
NHK reports, “The ministry said the Japanese government again strongly urges the Myanmar military to release those who have been detained, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and to swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic system.”
The former leader of Japan, Shinzo Abe, went out of his way to support Myanmar despite Western pressure and meddling. Thus, it is hoped that relations built between the Abe administration and Myanmar will continue to carry weight under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. If so, then the military elites involved in the coup should listen carefully to friends before the enemies of this nation seek to usher in their own intrigues.
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