Myanmar opposition leader and newly anointed Most Influential Person of the Decade Aung San Suu Kyi rounded off her visit to Japan with a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Thursday.
According to the Japan Times, the two agreed education of the young is key to Myanmar’s future development.
“During their 35-minute meeting at the prime minister’s office, Abe praised Suu Kyi for her achievements in promoting democracy in Myanmar,” the report said. “He also pledged to keep providing government official development assistance to build social infrastructure in Myanmar and help promote private-sector investment, according to a Japanese official who attended the meeting.”
The weeklong stay in Japan was Suu Kyi’s first visit to the country in 27 years.
Japan recently cancelled a significant amount of Myanmar debt, as well as offering new interest-free loans and pledges of investment, most notably at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone south of Yangon.
- Japan contributes half of WFP’s Myanmar program
- Japan cancels $3.58 billion Burma debt
- Suu Kyi calls for Japanese investment in Myanmar