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Suu Kyi calls for Japanese investment in Myanmar: Reports

Published on Apr 16, 2013 7:58 PM
 
Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech before students at the Kyoto University in Kyoto, western Japan, on April 15, 2013. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday called for Japanese investment and economic aid that would create jobs in the Southeast Asian economy, news reports said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday called for Japanese investment and economic aid that would create jobs in the Southeast Asian economy, news reports said.

The 67-year-old head of the National League for Democracy, now on her first visit to Japan in 27 years following more than 14 years of house arrest, made the request during her meeting with Japanese lawmakers in Tokyo.

"The people cannot improve their livelihood without a job," Myanmar's pro-democracy icon told the lawmakers, according to Kyodo News.

She also requested Japan's government assistance in securing clean drinking water and irrigation water for farming, building roads, supplying electricity, and the enhancement of a medical and healthcare service.

 
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