Japan extends $3.5 million to help Rohingya - Foreign Minister Kishida

AFP, Manila Bulletin -- Japan extended $3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have been sailing the vast Indian oceans trying to survive while looking for possible shelters.

Japan helps Rohingya

The "boat people" fled Myanmar due to severe discrimination; They are not even considered as citizens, thereby denied of their basic needs and rights.

Japan is committed to "helping national reconciliation efforts on various fronts in Asia" (AP), including the case between Myanmar government and "ethnic minority groups", Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a public address on Saturday.

The money will be used to provide food and shelter for the Rohingyas. Some will be utilized to fund researches to analyze the group's maritime movements.

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