Japan Urged to Cancel Real Estate Projects in Myanmar

Japan Urged to Cancel Real Estate Projects in Myanmar

Several human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, have urged Japan to cancel real estate projects in Myanmar. The project involved the Myanmar Ministry of Defense carrying out harsh and brutal actions against masses of demonstrators opposing the military coup.

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Human rights organizations argue that Japan has failed to assess the risks associated with doing business in Myanmar. "We strongly condemn the fact that Japanese public funds may end up in the hands of the Tatmadaw (the term for Myanmar's military)," Mekong Watch Executive Director Yuka Kiguchi said Thursday (15/7).
 
The human rights organizations say, through rent payments, the Y Complex real estate project benefits Myanmar's Ministry of Defence. Japanese companies and government officials say they think the rent, paid by intermediaries, will ultimately go to the Myanmar government, not the military.

Earlier, Reuters reported that private Japanese companies and state entities were involved in building a multi-million dollar hotel and office on land belonging to Myanmar's Ministry of Defence. Last week, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Thomas Andrews said the Myanmar military had committed crimes against humanity.

He urged the international community to do more to stop the abuses. "The military junta's widespread and systematic attack on the people of Myanmar is a crime against humanity," Andrews said while speaking before the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday (7/7).