The Japanese government has decided to offer 15 million dollars in emergency aid to Bangladesh, where a large number of Rohingya minority Muslims have fled from neighboring Myanmar.
The Cabinet on Friday approved a plan to provide the aid through the UN World Food Program to help transport food and goods to the refugees.
Foreign Minister Taro Kono will make a 3-day visit to Bangladesh starting on Saturday. He plans to have talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart and visit refugee camps.
Kono told reporters that he will do his utmost to help improve the situation of the Rohingya Muslims there, as many are suffering due to a lack of daily commodities.
He said a dialogue has begun between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar, and that he wants to back up this move.
More than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh due to fighting between Myanmar's government troops and Rohingya armed groups in the western state of Rakhine.