Policy chiefs of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its two non-Cabinet allies expressed dissatisfaction with a Foreign Ministry plan to resume official development assistance to Myanmar, saying there has been little improvement in the country’s democratization.

The three policy chiefs also complained that the Foreign Ministry failed to explain its plans to the ruling parties earlier; they learned about the ministry’s plan through newspapers on Thursday. They will discuss next week whether to approve a 2.5 billion yen loan to Myanmar to help repair a runway at Yangon’s international airport, according to Seiichi Mizuno, policy chief of New Party Sakigake.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.