There is a strong thirst in Myanmar for Japanese fashion, culture and cuisine, according to an exchange mission that visited the booming nation.
It presented its recommendations Aug. 2 to Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba.
The mission was headed by Takashi Shiraishi, president of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
He suggested that all aspects of Japanese culture--even judo--be introduced to Myanmar.
The members visited Myanmar in late June and met with President Thein Sein.
Others taking part were fashion designer Junko Koshino and Yasuhiro Yamashita, a judoka who won a gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
The mission's proposal stressed that cultural and sports exchanges should be considered as the foundation for political and economic cooperation.
Taking a page out of the "Korean Wave" of cultural exports, such as TV dramas and movies from South Korea to elsewhere in Asia, the proposal called for introducing Japanese cultural content, such as pop songs, manga and anime to Myanmar.
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