Japan to cancel US$4.7 million grant for education center in Myanmar

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October 16, 2007 03:15

Japan has canceled a multimillion dollar grant for a business education center in Myanmar to protest the death of a Japanese journalist during a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Yangon, a news report said Tuesday. The Japanese government earlier had said it would suspend some of its assistance to Myanmar in response to the death of Kenji Nagai during the Sept. 26-27 crackdown by Myanmar's military rulers. Kyodo News agency cited Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura as saying Tuesday that Japan decided to cancel a grant of up to 552 million yen (US$4.7 million; €3.3 million) for the center, slated for the Yangon University campus. The center, which was to be set up under an agreement between the two countries in 2005, was supposed to offer economics, management and Japanese language courses, as well as promote bilateral ties and economic reform in Myanmar, according to Japan's Foreign Ministry.


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