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The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, speaks at a press conference in Tokyo on May 28. (AP Photo)

Japan will allow residents of Myanmar to stay for an additional six months as an emergency measure as violent military-led raids continue to take place in the Southeast Asian country, officials said Friday.

The measure includes 35,045 Myanmar residents living in Japan Nationals, including 13,963 who are working on a government-sponsored internship program, said the immigration service.

Those seeking “specified skilled worker” status can extend their stay to one year, it said. The new category was created in 2019 as Japan increasingly relies on foreign workers to make up for the aging and declining workforce.

The government also said two Myanmar diplomats in Tokyo were hired by their country’s military junta for supporting the anti -Putsch movement were released and can keep their diplomatic visas issued by the overthrown government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Also on Friday, the United States’ special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met with the Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and discussed support for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations efforts to have an all stakeholder dialogue on ending the violence in Myanmar.

Burgener said it had consulted with all parties and ASEAN leaders and hoped in two or three Weeks to share more details.

The February 1 coup returned for years e progress towards democracy in Myanmar after five decades of tough military rule. It met with widespread popular opposition that the military tried to use force to silence, including the killing of protesters and the detention of activists and journalists.

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