Thailand’s self-appointed Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha will pay an official visit to Japan on Sunday through Tuesday to strengthen bilateral economic ties and, more importantly, to seek Japan’s endorsement of his government’s legitimacy.

On May 22 last year, Prayuth and the army staged a coup that overthrew the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra. After months of relentless protests against the Yingluck government, which successfully created a situation of ungovernability, the military adopted an old trick: employing a coup to eliminate political rivals.

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