01 May NLD seeks closer ties with Japanese opposition party

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called for closer co-operation between the National League for Democracy and Japan’s centrist opposition Democratic Party of Japan, a central executive committee of the NLD said on April 30.

Dr Zaw Myint Maung said the leader of the National League for Democracy leader made the call at a meeting with a DPJ delegation led by former prime minister Yoshihiko Noda at the NLD’s Shwegongaing headquarters earlier the same day.

As well as discussing future co-operation, the Japanese delegation was interested in understanding the NLD’s views on a range of issues, Dr Zaw Myint Maung said.

NLD MP U Zay Yar Thaw (PyithuHluttaw, Pobbathiri Township, Mandalay Region) told Mizzima the meeting also covered potential future communication between the Japanese and Myanmar parliaments and general issues of friendship between the two countries.

President U Thein Sein met Mr Noda in Nay Pyi Taw on April 29 and it was reported on the president’s website that they discussed the Thilawa Special Economic Zone and the upgrading of the Yangon-Mandalay railway. Both projects are being developed with assistance from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency.