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Statements/ Demands

Japan and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. "Joint Statement." Burma/Myanmar, May 26, 2013.

Purpose: Laying a foundation for taking the relationship between Japan and Myanmar to a higher level.

Main Issues: Support for Myanmar's reform; Mutual prosperity; Enhancement of People-to-People and cultural exchanges and Strengthening of political and security cooperation.



Seekins, D.M. Burma and Japan Since 1940: From "Co-Prosperity" to "Quiet Dialogue". Copenhagen: Nias Press, 2007.

About: "Modern Myanmar/Burma is very much a creation of World War II, when the British colony was occupied by the Japanese, and its immediate aftermath. Today the military regime continues to survive despite strong opposition at home and abroad. The Japanese government, which gave massive amounts of development aid to Burma before 1988, has pursued a policy of 'quiet dialogue' as a non-confrontational way of promoting economic and political reform." [Amazon]

Research Papers

Kudo, Toshihiro. "Myanmar and Japan: How Close Friends Become Estranged," Institute of Developing Economies" (2007).
Summary: "Independent Myanmar and Japan had long held the strongest ties among Asian countries, and they were often known as having 'special relations' or a 'historically friendly relationship.' However, the birth of the present military government (SLORC/SPDC) in 1988 drastically changed this favorable relationship between the two countries." [Author]


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