Japan's foreign minister has urged Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to ensure the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the country.
Taro Kono, who is visiting Myanmar, met the country's state counsellor on Friday for the first time since he took office last August.
Kono urged her to improve the human rights situation for Rohingya people who have fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
He said Japan will give 3 million dollars in emergency aid to Myanmar to help provide the refugees with daily commodities such as generators and water purifiers.
Kono also pledged some 20 million dollars in assistance through an international organization to encourage job training for women.
Later, he said at a joint news conference that the return of the refugees needs to be handled carefully, and in a way that promotes reconciliation, not division. He added that Japan will offer "maximum assistance."
Aung San Suu Kyi said she knows the international community has great interest in the Rohingya issue. But she added that it is a broad issue.
She said promoting reconciliation and friendship between communities is very important, and that it is up to the people of Myanmar to decide how to go about doing that.