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Side with citizens, not military, Myanmar expat urges Japan, ASEAN

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Japan has expressed no criticism for the military regimes that rule Egypt and Thailand, for example--regimes that have shot and killed protesters in the street--so why should Japan now denounce Burma's dictatorship? Are there good military dictatorships and bad ones?

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If you live in Japan and are from another country, you should focus in the corruption in the country you reside.. it your home country. If you want to be involved in your home country, go back there.

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Japan has only one option.

That option is to condemn the military murdering their own people!Anything less is unconscionable!

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One reason countries like Myanmar stumble from one corrupt junta to the next is that the educated people who ought to be the foundation of the country’s future keep leaving. It’s so, so brave of an ex-pat from Myanmar living in Japan to show loyalty to her country of birth and comment on the politics of the country she abandoned. If she cared so much about Myanmar, she would have stayed and tried to make a better country. Instead, she took the higher salary, safety, and comfort of Japan.

The absence of people like her due to emigration by the wealthy and educated is a big part of the reason why the country’s politics will always be a mess.

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One reason countries like Myanmar stumble from one corrupt junta to the next is that the educated people who ought to be the foundation of the country’s future keep leaving. It’s so, so brave of an ex-pat from Myanmar living in Japan to show loyalty to her country of birth and comment on the politics of the country she abandoned. 

Most people have to make real life decisions and decide what is best for them and their family. A Burmese person is more valuable to his/her family working in Japan than being dead in the street in Myanmar. Until you have faced a similar situation yourself, it's not so brave to suggest they are cowards or selfish.

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Wonder why Myanmar expat was silent when Myanmar military genocide their Myanmar's Rohingya people???

And Myanmar expat urges Japan, Side with citizens, not military,!!!

Why this double standard?

Human rights equal for everyone and there is no priority issue due to race & color.

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Human rights equal for everyone and there is no priority issue due to race & color.

Wonder why Myanmar expat was silent when Myanmar military genocide their Myanmar's Rohingya people???

Now, Myanmar expat urges Japan, Side with citizens, not military,!!!

Why this double standard?

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Hold on a moment!

It is not that easy; people looking for change have to speak out.

Speaking out in Myanmar gets you killed!

People have little choice but to flee their own country.

Many years ago my family helped some Burmese stay in the UK.

I won’t forget their lack of choices when coming to my father asking him for help.

Life is not that simple but it is for Japan to make the right choice and condemn the military regime

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""some Myanmar people living in Japan are urging their host country to suspend aid to the Southeast Asian nation as part of international pressure on the military to restore the democratically elected government.""

I will say it again, where were you people when Your country military and government murdered, raped women and young girls on their family watch then burned their homes and forced thousands of Muslims minority to leave their land , I did NOT hear you urging Japan or any other nation to STOP THE KILLINGS??? YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

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Quite right they should. There is no other moral choice.

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Just Remember the Rohingya Muslims and how your country Raped, Killed, Burned their home, then Took their land and forced to flee to Bangladesh, you should be asking Japan to condemn these actions first.

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kurisupisu:

Japan has only one option.

That option is to condemn the military murdering their own people!

Japan does condemn the military actions:

"外務省は28日夜、ミャンマー各地で治安部隊の発砲によって多数の死傷者が出たことを受けて吉田朋之外務報道官の談話を発表した。「国際社会の度重なる呼びかけにもかかわらず民間人に対する暴力が継続されていることを強く非難する」と強調した。

「民間人が死傷し、拘束者が発生している事態を憂慮している」とも訴えた。拘束されたアウン・サン・スー・チー氏らの解放と、民主的な政治体制の早期回復も改めて国軍に求めた。"

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQODE283MB0Y1A220C2000000/

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Why is it Japan’s responsibility to wade into a local conflict that is half a continent away? Because Japan has let in a few refugees, those refugees can now demand that Japan play global police and intervene on behalf of one side or another in a partisan conflict? That’s nonsense.

The previous Myanmar regime was committing genocide. Being led by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate does not wash away the brutal crimes. The current regime is shooting protesters. There is no morally good side in the Myanmar conflict. Japan supporting one side over the other would only make Japan morally complicit in the crimes.

Japanese people are better off with a government that takes care of Japan’s domestic problems. Taking a strong position on foreign political conflicts only serves to enable the war hawks who want to use Japan’s military overseas. Once Japan declares the military junta illegitimate and in violation of international law, then what? Would not Japan be obligated to take action? The pretense of a moral, humanitarian mission is what has seen the American military escapading around the world for over a century. There’s nothing moral about globalism. Quite the contrary.

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mikeylikesit:

Why is it Japan’s responsibility to wade into a local conflict that is half a continent away?

Because "if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

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Too much money to be made from investments, factories and cheap labour. I highly doubt Japan will cut off all aid to Burma as these activists suggest.

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Reality check:

Suspending aid to Myanmar won't do nothing=0 care by their military and dictatorship.

When was the last time suspending aid to a dictator/military made them resign?? Never! Sounds like a fantasy and delusion for a country and leader that should have been better prepared for such an event.

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@Socrates

Thanks for that but surely PM Suga should be joining other world leaders not just his underlings?

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Suga-pressed-to-condemn-US-Capitol-assault

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What proof do the military have that the election was flawed?

If they so believe, then hold another one, right NOW!!!

Failure to hold a new election now means that they are afraid they will lose again.

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Yah, as if "urge" and "condemn" ever worked. The coups loving generals around the 3rd world countries could not care less, they are backed by CIA, KGB, Chicoms, Mossad, etc.

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Why is it Japan’s responsibility to wade into a local conflict that is half a continent away?

Japan's economic stake in Myanmar through its investment is larger than all other countries combined. That's why.

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