Japan condemns use of force on Myanmar civilians

Japan's top government spokesperson has condemned the continued use of force by Myanmar's military and police against civilians.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu spoke to reporters on Monday.

He strongly condemned the situation in which Myanmar's military and police continue to use force, resulting in a growing number of civilian casualties, despite the international community's repeated calls for an end to violence.

Kato said Myanmar's military leadership should remember that the military is an organization for protecting the lives of its people from outside threats.

He added the use of live ammunition against peaceful protests can never be tolerated.

Kato said Japan has been the largest provider of assistance to help promote democratization of Myanmar.

He said Japan will consider how it will handle future assistance, including economic cooperation, and what might be effective to restore calm and a democratic system.

He indicated Japan will take all of these factors into account.