Japan distances itself from report the envoy helps free U.S. reporter

Japan distances itself from report the envoy helps free U.S. reporter ...

Japan on Tuesday reacted quickly to a visit to Myanmar by its special envoy, whom, according to military-run media, the visit was an attempt to dispel the U.S.-led american journalist Danny Fenster from jail.

Fenster, 37, managing editor of Frontier Myanmar magazine, was freed on Monday three days after being sentenced to 11 years for inciting and inciting violations of law on immigration and unlawful assembly.

During the ongoing internal turmoil of Southeast Asia since the military took over in February, shattered the state and drew the turmoil deep into a massive political war.

The military-owned Myawaddy TV said on Monday Fenster was granted an amnesty following requests from the former state governor and diplomat with longstanding Myanmar ties Bill Richardson, who kindly consulted the country's media for the release of the announcement.

Even though he was surprised, he was credited for the release of Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, who doubles as his special envoy on Myanmar, as well as Hideo Watanabe's former Japanese minister.

Sasakawa and Watanabe have cultivated closeties to the military over the weekend. They both met coup leader Min Aung Hlaing over the weekend, but their Nippon Foundation declined to comment on the talks, citing a political sensitivity.

During myawaddy TV, Fenster was released to respond to a request from Sasakawa, Watanabe and Richardson to "remain the friendships between the countries and to emphasize humanitarian grounds".

The Japanese foreign minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, asked a news conference about Sasakawa's involvement in the release, said that the envoy went to Myanmar in a personal capacity.

Hayashi said he wasn't aware of Sasakawa's meeting with Min Aung Hlaing but said the visit isn't carried out in his capacity as the government representative and his ministry isn't involved in arranging it.

I'd like not to speak any more about these communications," said Hayashi.

It doesn't come to window, but warned that Japan is launching a second strategy for improving Myanmar and resolving Myanmar and in any case intending to improve Myanmar.

The office of Watanabe's Japan-Myanmar Association declined comment. In recent years, Watanabe's Japan-Myanmar alliance grew its ties to creating a special economic zone with Yangon in the area of Myanmar and helped japan buy several thousand dollars.


The longstanding decision to exclude Min Aung Hlaing from the regional summit last month was unprecedented. As a result, a slow entry in the Southeast Asian peace process of the neighbours says the junta doesn't follow.

The decision was a central issue of the decision of the military refusal to grant a special south-east Asian envoy access to the detained leader of Myanmar's government, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Suu Kyi.

One said that Sasakawa was a full-time Japani envoy.

In his trip, Sasakawa met Myanmar's health minister, state media said, to discuss the "conditions for Japan to donate COVID-19 vaccine to Myanmar," and related issues that can be improved on Japan-Myanmar relations".

Sasakawa traveled to the northwestern Rakhine region riven by ethnic tensions where according to media, he said he told junta officials his foundation would donate approximately a thousand dollars to internally displaced people.

It wasn't clear whether the foundation or the Japanese government would provide the vaccines. Sasakawa promised to give Myanmar $3 million worth of COVID-19 vaccines, said the media.

Hayashi did not address the question of vaccine donation directly.

According to the rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, there have been 110,000 arrested since Myanmar's coup and 1260 people killed in violence in response to the arrests of terrorists; most are in protests and a resistance crackdown by security forces and a group of franking people like me.

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