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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday pledged ¥91 billion in fresh aid to Myanmar while waiving another ¥190 billion in debt, to support the democratizing Southeast Asian country’s growth.

During the first visit by a Japanese prime minister in 36 years, Abe and Myanmar President Thein Sein agreed to lay “a new foundation for mutual friendship” by boosting cooperation in economic, political and security areas, as well as interpersonal and cultural exchanges.

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