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Regarding the Jan. 13 article “Japan to give ¥6 billion in aid to four Mekong River nations”: The official campaign against North Korea over the abduction issue continues, but it seems the Japanese government has completely forgotten about the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai at the hands of the Myanmar military during the popular demonstrations of last September. Its decision to give ¥6 billion in aid to four Mekong region nations, including Myanmar, shows that Tokyo is still eager to please the generals in their new capital of Naypyidaw.

donald m. seekins