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The Japanese government has been supporting the ethnic peace process through development assistance focusing on improvement of people’s livelihoods.

In June of 2012, the Japanese government appointed Sasakawa Yōhei, the chairman of the Nippon Foundation as the Ambassador for the welfare of ethnic minorities in Myanmar to coordinate its assistance for the ethnic peace process. The Japanese foundation has been working closely with the UNFC on their plans for the peace process. They were also requested by the UNFC to act as a foreign mediator during negotiations with the government.


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Humanitarian Assistance

nippon foundationNippon Foundation donated $3M emergency aid and to support education and health care development in rebel-controlled areas, beginning with an initial aid package of $300,000 and the monitoring of its distribution. U Aung Min said that the Japanese government eventually plans to provide another $300M in support for refugee relief programs, $60M of which will come directly from the Nippon Foundation. The aid package was officially launched on Dec. 22, 2012 in Mon state.

December 22, 2012: NMSP
$70,000 worth of emergency supplies. included 50 tonnes of rice, medical supplies for hospitals and 500 boxes of traditional medicine.
January 12, 2013: PNLO
Donated 1200 bags of rice
February 12, 2013: KNU
US$30,000 of emergency supplies to displaced people in Kayin State. 70 tonnes of rice​


Clarification on Media Reports About the Nippon Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar 2013.02.21

Nippon Foundation Conference Raises Hopes for Peace in Myanmar 2012.10.19



‘Trust-building Is Vitally Important’ Irrawaddy – Tuesday, March 26, 2013

UNFC Cooperation

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Peace Mediation

peace mediation20/02/2013: UNFC-Govt meeting; Chiang Mai, Thailand​
07/12/2012: CNF-Govt Meeting Myanmar Peace Centre, Yangon

Timeline of events

April 24, 2012: Three UNFC Central Committee members met with the Japanese Nippon Foundation and some government officials in Tokyo to discuss the ongoing conflict and peace talks with the Myanmar government.

​June 2012: Sasakawa Yōhei was appointed as the Japanese government’s goodwill ambassador for the welfare of ethnic minorities in Myanmar. During a trip to Myanmar the same month, Yōhei met with President Thein Sein and National League for Democracy (NLD) opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sept. 23, 2012: The Nippon Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UNFC for the relief plan.

Oct. 6, 2012: The Nippon Foundation signed a MOU with the Myanmar government allowing them to carry out humanitarian aid relief in the ethnic areas.

Mid-October, 2012: A twenty member UNFC delegation, with representatives from 10 ethnic minority groups, worked out the details of the relief plan with the Nippon Foundation during the Conference on Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar Ethnic Groups in Tokyo. This was followed by a press conference at the Nippon Foundation’s head office where they presented an outline of the plan on Oct.18.

Dec. 22, 2012: The project was launched during an official ceremony in Mon state capital Mawlamyine, during which representatives from the foundation gave emergency supplies worth $70,000 to the New Mon State Party (NMSP). The supplies included 50 tons of rice, medical supplies for hospitals and 500 boxes of traditional herbal medicine.

Jan. 12, 2013: Nippon Foundation donated 1,200 bags of rice to Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) peace group at Taunggyi Hotel in Taunggyi, Shan state.​​

Projects Implemented by the Nippon Foundation Group in Myanmar (as of January 2013)

YearNo. of projectsBudget (US$)

Breakdown of Projects from FY2012 (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013)

PurposeBudget (US$)Launched
1 Provide emergency food and medical support to internally displaced people3,000,000December 2012
2 Implement medical services for residents of remote areas (mobile clinic)5,000,000September 2012
3 Distribute prosthetic limbs for residents of isolated areas2,500,000January 2013
4 Establish a prosthetist/ orthotists training center6,000,000January 2013
5 Distribute traditional medicine boxes700,000Ongoing
6 Support a medical clinic on the Thailand-Myanmar border95,000Ongoing
7 Support fundraising activities of the medical clinic on the Thailand-Myanmar border20,000November 2012
8 Offer training on cultivation of medicinal plants500,000January 2013
9 Donate used welfare vehicles1,000,000Vehicles arrived in Yangon in September 2012
Support for the disabled
10 Offer leadership training and establish self-help groups for the disabled73,300Ongoing
11 Prepare for the holding of an international arts festival for the disabled30,000Ongoing
12 Assist the Institute on Disability and Public Policy100,0002013
13 Establish an international network to provide secondary education for the disabled in the ASEAN regionPlanning2013
14 Support tertiary education for the visually impaired100,0002013
15 Build an educational center for children with disabilities1,800,0002013
16 Assist school construction to provide regional development and agricultural instruction (Shan state)700,000Ongoing
17 Construct schools and put in place facilities for health and sanitation education (Rakhine state)5,000,000Ongoing
18 Regional development through school construction and (Ayeyarwady state)Planning2013
19 Hold an international workshop to educate female leaders25,000Preparation stage
Training for public officials
20 Train public officials156,000Ongoing
21 Invite Myanmar members of Parliament to visit Japan to study its political system116,000Ongoing
22 Support the chairing of the ASEAN Summit250,000Ongoing
23 Offer training of state government officials1,500,0002013
24 Dispatch skilled volunteersPlanningPreparation stage
25 5th ASEAN Traditional Medicine Conference200,000September 2013

Total Amount of Rice and Medicine Delivered (As of October 31, 2013)

Items(A) Budget(B) Amount delivered(B)/(A)%
Rice (US$)2,676,0371,245,30247%
Medicine for clinics (US$)633,829134,42321%
Total (US$)3,309,8661,379,72542%

Amount of Rice and Medicine to Be Delivered to Each Area (as of October 31, 2013)

State/RegionNo.NSAGs areaRiceMedicine
Budget (kg)Amount delivered to date (kg)budget (units)Amount delivered (units)
Shan State1SSPP/SSA478,625100,00000
Kayah State7KNPP344,656300,00012125
Kayin State8KNU1,106,185936,92015024
Mon State
Tanintharyi Region
10KNLA PC120,000120,00000
12KPDF (KNDF)15,00015,00000
Bago Region13KNLA Kon-phe30,00030,00000
Rakhine State14ALP103,89827,000183
Chin State16CNF209,312120,00000
Sagaing Region17NSCN-K60,00060,00000
Kachin State18KIO2,116,109000

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