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Japan to send more aid and poll monitors to Myanmar


Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation (C) Photo: Mizzima

Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation (C) Photo: Mizzima

Japan decided Tuesday to provide 9 billion yen ($75.4 million) to help Myanmar cope with damage caused by severe flooding, as well as to send a monitoring team for the country's general election in November according to a Kyodo News report on 8 September.

Of the total, 4 billion yen will be disbursed in grant aid to help restore infrastructure such as roads hit by torrential rain from mid-July, Japanese Foreign Ministry officials said.

As for Japan's support in Myanmar's general election, Mr Kishida said the delegation of election monitors will be led by Yohei Sasakawa, Japan's special envoy for national reconciliation in Myanmar. The delegation of about 10 members will be dispatched for five days from early November.

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