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Special Envoy of the Government of Japan Yohei Sasakawa Visits Myanmar

November 20, 2015
Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, visited Myanmar from November 19 to 20 and met with H.E. Mr. Thein Sein, President of Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Mr. Tin Oo, Patron of the

National League for Democracy (NLD), Mr. Tin Aye, Chairman of the Union Election Commission (UEC), and Mr. Aung Min, Minister for President Office 4, respectively. The overview is as follows.


(1) Special Envoy Sasakawa conveyed the following message for Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the NLD, from Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, to Patron Tin Oo.

(i) I offer my sincere congratulations on the NLD’s victory under the leadership of Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi. Japan’s public and private sectors will both cooperate on all fronts for Myanmar’s democratization and development, while working with Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi.

(ii) I hope to realize a visit to Japan by Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi soon, so that the NLD and Japanese officials can exchange views on Myanmar’s democratization and development and on strengthening the Japan-Myanmar relationship. I look forward to seeing Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi in Japan in the near future.

(2) In response, Patron Tin Oo explained that he is pleased and encouraged to hear Prime Minister Abe’s message that the public and private sectors will together cooperate on Myanmar’s development, and stated that he will be certain to convey the message to Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi. Patron Tin Oo also commented that the NLD is grateful for Japan’s support thus far, and requests further support with Myanmar’s nation building. Patron Tin Oo explained that Japanese companies setting up businesses in Myanmar will be welcomed.


(1) Special Envoy Sasakawa told President Thein Sein that the success of the recent general election is an indication of the major success of the political reforms that arose from the President’s leadership, and expressed respect for the leadership that the President has displayed with the various reforms.

(2) In response, President Thein Sein explained that he will respect the general election result and work on a transfer of power that achieves the best outcomes. The President stated that he will continue to work on peace with ethnic minorities even in the current administration’s remaining term, expressed gratitude for Japan’s support with economic development and domestic peace, and asked Special Envoy Sasakawa to pass his best wishes on to Prime Minister Abe.

3. Special Envoy Sasakawa also met with Chairman Tin Aye and Minister Aung Min and exchanged views on the future political situation in light of the election result.

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