Japan's Lower House condemns Myanmar coup

The Lower House of Japan's Diet has adopted a resolution condemning the military coup in Myanmar and calling for quick restoration of a democratic political system.

The draft resolution, submitted by a nonpartisan group, was approved with majority support in a lower chamber plenary session on Tuesday.

The resolution says the February 1 coup tramples on efforts and hopes for democratization in Myanmar, and clearly denies justification of the current military regime.

It also harshly criticizes Myanmar's military and police for killing and wounding civilians.

The lawmakers demand that the military's leaders immediately halt cruelty against civilians and release Aung Sang Suu Kyi and other ousted officials remaining in detention.

The resolution also urges Japan's government to do its best to work with the international community for early restoration of democracy in Myanmar.