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Japan urges Myanmar to prevent repeat of raids on embassy, aid staff

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Japanese organisations happily continue joint ventures with this murderous government.

What do they expect, teddy bears?

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Yes, protest and demands will frighten them and they will surely tremble in fear. Japan must have conveniently forgotten that it had signed the "Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations". The authorities of the host country may not enter the premises of the mission without permission of the represented country. Most countries would already stir a huge hitstorm because of this. Japan? We protest and demand. Ridiculous.

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The media often criticize Myanmar’s military regime and foreign companies setting up shop there but they are less vocal about multinationals doing business in far more brutal countries such as China. The power of China money I suppose.

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Where the military conduct genocide what makes the Japanese think they are safe in their embassy?

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Good thing they didn’t try that on US personnel or embassy staff.

You’d be shot dead on sight. There are already treaties in place.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

"Japan urges Myanmar to prevent repeat of raids on embassy, aid staff"

I agree. Don't repeat the raids. Once is OK.

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There are lot of factions in the Myanmar military some of whom are on China's payroll. I would not be suspired if China had a hand in this. It would serve China's interest, if Japan left Myanmar.

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So, what is Japan going to do about these incursions? Cut off all Japanese ODA and private investment in the country?

Doubt it.

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Where the military conduct genocide what makes the Japanese think they are safe in their embassy?

The intrusions were not at the Embassy itself but rather at the homes of Embassy staff. In most cases diplomatic staff live in town with the locals and not on the Embassy grounds. Left unsaid in the article is whether the people involved were Japanese diplomats or local Burmese employed by the Embassy.

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Good thing they didn’t try that on US personnel or embassy staff.

You’d be shot dead on sight. There are already treaties in place.

Probably not. While nations guard their Embassies with armed security, they don't usually guard the homes of individual Embassy staff who live out in town, and the staff are not usually allowed to keep firearms for self defense.

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Translation- Dear Dictators: So long as our Japanese nationals are respected and safe, you can do whatever you want against your own citizens. Just keep our businesses running, utilizing your dirt cheap, union-less labour and lax safety standards, eto...that is to say, utilizing your amazing "comparative market advantages", and surly the clampdown and all those unsightly street deaths will soon be forgotten, right? Mochiron!

Sincerely, Japan, Inc.

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You just can’t dance with the devil without getting your feet hurt. lol

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Besides ineffectual, the protest is also 10 weeks late. The Burmese dictators probably don't even care at this point. I suppose the delay was linked to recovery of the imprisoned Japanese journalist - they wanted to get him back before they lodged their protest?

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"Security personnel forcibly entered the homes of Japanese Embassy and aid staff in Yangon in April . . . "

Ewww! Man, I'd be tempted to sleep on a spare bed or couch inside the embassy. If I had a family with children, I'd stay but send them home immediately. These right-wing goon squads are nothing to mess around with.

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