Motegi: Japan to call for dialogue in Myanmar

Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu says Japan will urge Myanmar's military and opponents of the coup to engage in dialogue to resolve the ongoing turmoil.

Motegi told the Lower House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday that Japan would use sanctions if they lead to an immediate solution, but things aren't so easy.

He added that he does not believe it would be productive to impose sanctions just because other countries are doing so.

Motegi said that in the end, the opposing camps in Myanmar need to engage in dialogue and explore a path for a resolution, with the international community backing such efforts.

He indicated that Japan will work to realize dialogue among the military, the party led by detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and militant groups of various ethnic minorities in Myanmar.