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Japanese form unti-SLORC Organizati
- Subject: Japanese form unti-SLORC Organizati
- From: waterly@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 21 Dec 1996 11:44:00
Subject: Japanese form unti-SLORC Organization
c The Associated Press
TOKYO, Dec. 21 (Kyodo) -- A group of Japanese supporting the restoration
of democracy in Myanmar formed a multinational group here Saturday, called
the People's Forum on Burma, forum officials said.
The forum, with some 100 members, received a letter of felicitation from
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the officials said.
Made up mostly of Japanese and Myanmarese dissidents with some Americans
and Filipinos, the forum will enhance Japanese public awareness of what is
happening in Myanmar, said Shogo Watanabe, one of the founding members.
Watanabe, a lawyer helping Myanmarese seeking refugee status in Japan,
said the civic group will make public statements on various Japan-Myanmar
issues from time to time.
He said such a group is needed as the Japanese government has done little
to help Myanmarese who have fled military persecution in their country and
are seeking refuge in Japan.