Suu Kyi travels to Kyoto on second day of Japan visit

Kyodo

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday traveled to Kyoto in central Japan on the second day of her weeklong visit to Japan.

Suu Kyi rode on a shinkansen train from Tokyo to the ancient Japanese capital, where she resided as a visiting scholar from 1985 to 1986.

At the station, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate received a rousing welcome from compatriots living in Japan as well as many Japanese.

From there she inspected a small hydroelectric power generator utilizing river current at Arashiyama mountain. Suu Kyi listened to an explanation of its operation, and said there is interest in introducing a similar facility in Myanmar.

While in Kyoto, she is scheduled to give lectures at Kyoto University and Ryukoku University, as well as catch up with old friends.

It was only after Myanmar’s transition to democracy in 2011 that Suu Kyi made her first overseas trip in 24 years, visiting Thailand last May.

She has since traveled to Europe, including Norway, Britain and France, as well as to the United States, India and South Korea.

In December 2011, then Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba invited her to come to Japan during their meeting in Yangon.

  • Lindsay L

    Is there anywhere that the public can listen to her speak?