A senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official has visited Myanmar to see how the country is preparing for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii on Saturday visited a site in the western state of Rakhine where construction is underway for a facility to accept refugees returning from neighboring Bangladesh.
He was briefed on a plan to construct more than 600 buildings, each of which can house 8 families. Myanmar officials told Horii that the facility will be able to accommodate up to 30,000 people. They said all the buildings will be completed by around the end of March.
Japan has pledged to provide diesel generators and solar panels after the repatriation begins.
Horii told reporters that Japan will provide support so that everyone can live safely.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after fighting broke out between Rohingya militants and Myanmar’s security forces last August.
The two countries have agreed on the repatriation, but many refugees say they don’t want to go back because they could be persecuted again.