The Japanese government is continuing its diplomatic approach to the worsening political violence in Myanmar , although there are stirrings of unrest at home over Tokyo's failure to take a firmer line with the military junta that seized power from the democratically elected government in February. On Wednesday, Tokyo announced that it will withhold new economic assistance to Myanmar in order to pressure the military regime to halt its violence against civilian protesters demanding a return to democracy. Yet, Tokyo remains committed to engagement with the generals for several reasons, say analysts. "Japan has worked hard to build strong ties with Myanmar, a policy that can be traced back to the 1980s, when other countries were refusing to engage with the military government there," Akitoshi Miyashita, a professor of international relations at Tokyo International University, told DW. That assistance has continued until recently and primarily took the form of large amounts of … [Read more...] about Why is Japan not taking a firm stand against Myanmar junta?