Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Japan on April 13, 2013, marking her first trip to the country in 27 years. The 67-year-old was invited to visit the country by the Japanese Foreign Ministry. The politician was invited so as to improve ties between the two nations, as she holds good influence in Myanmar, as well as on the world stage.


Suu Kyi, after arriving at the airport, attended a gathering in of the Myanmar democracy activists in Tokyo, who are based in Japan. Kyi received a warm welcome and appealed to her supporters that they must make use of all that they learnt from their time in Japan, which will mark the betterment of a fast-reforming Myanmar.

The politician said, “Whether you return to Myanmar or not, please always appreciate the gratitude of your host country for allowing you all the chance to live here and learn, and nurture your kids”. The country of Myanmar has marked a shift towards democracy from oppressive military regime and Japan has helped to assist Myanmar in its democratic and economic reform.

Kyi will be calling for a greater investment during her meetings, which have been planned with prime minister Shinzo Abe and foreign minister Fumio Kishida.