Japan: NGOs call Japanese firms to quit Myanmar project
"Japanese firms urged to quit Myanmar project" 15 July 2021
International human rights groups are urging Japanese businesses to withdraw from a commercial real estate project in Myanmar. They say the complex is being constructed on land leased from the country's military.
Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Now, and three other groups issued a joint statement at a news conference on Thursday (15 July), calling for a halt to the business entities' participation in the project. They say the commercial complex is being built on military-owned land in Yangon by the Japanese firms and a local company.
The Japanese participants include general contractor Fujita, real estate company Tokyo Tatemono, and a public-private fund, the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development, or JOIN.
A Fujita official told NHK on behalf of the Japanese companies that the lease fee is paid to the local firm that rents the land from the defense ministry, which is part of Myanmar's government. The official said they think the ultimate beneficiary is not the defense ministry, but Myanmar's government. The official added that they will continue to watch the situation closely and consult with the other stakeholders.