Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Japan after 27 years
Democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar arrived in Japan today, his first visit to the country where she spent time as a research fellow there nearly three decades.
A group of Burmese supporters gathered at Tokyo’s Narita airport to greet Suu Kyi, now opposition leader of his country, but were denied the chance to meet her as she came through the back door .
“I respect her as my mother,” a Burmese women said in an interview with public broadcaster NHK. “I want to tell him that I support him strongly.” During his six-day trip, is expected the Nobel laureate to hold meetings with some of the approximately 10,000 Burmese living in Japan, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
This is the first visit to Japan since Suu Kyi to spend time as a researcher at Kyoto University in 1985-86. But a leader of about 200 Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar in Japan expressed disappointment after learning his community was not sought at hosting events Suu Kyi.
The Rohingyas have been described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. The apparent tension between the groups in the expatriate community Myanmar highlight the growing problems between Muslims and Buddhists in the house threw a shadow over the vaunted political reforms in recent years.
Activists expressed disappointment that Suu Kyi, 67, Nobel laureate who has been locked up for 15 years by the former junta, has remained largely silent on several episodes of communal carnage.
Connecting Suu Kyi in Japan comes from his father, General Aung San, who led the movement for the independence of the country then known as Burma against the British colonial rule. In late 1940, he spent several months in Japan, the Imperial Army – then involved in a brutal campaign of conquest across Asia – had offered assistance, including cash, weapons and hand- force.
Two years later, he established a Japanese government back, but in 1945, had sought help from the British to free Burma from colonial rule of Tokyo.