NAY PYI TAW, October 11
The Myanmar Tatmadaw goodwill delegation led by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met with Myanmar students pursuing education at International University of Japan (IUJ) in Niigata this afternoon. The delegation is in Japan on goodwill visit. Together with the Senior General were Lt-Gen Nyo Saw of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Chairman of Japan-Myanmar Friendship Association Mr. Hideo WATANABE, Myanmar Military Attaché (Army, Navy and Air) Col Tin Soe and members and they arrived at the IUJ. The Senior General and party were welcomed by Rector of IUJ Dr. Hiroyuki Itami, head of the faculty of post-graduate international relations studies Dr. Aung Myo, Tatmadaw officer trainees and students of Myanmar. Dr. Aung Myo conducted the Senior General and party round the exhibition hall of the history of the university and lecture halls. The Senior General then cordially met with Myanmar students, and delivered address.
In his address, he said Myanmar scholars are sent to Japan to develop human resources required for the country. They must try to learn technology and knowledge for the improvement of their life, and should effectively apply their learned technical know how and knowledge at the respective fields for the progress of the nation and the people. They should have conviction in trying hard to become youths reliable for the country and to realize their goal. Every student has the equal chance to become the cleverest in pursuing education. But depending on luck, intellectual power, hard work and health there can be differences in their rankings. Myanmar scholars must stay away from drinking and indulgences to the most possible degree as they are hazardous to health. Self-indulgence will only ruin their life. So, they should be careful in spending money. They should do regular exercise to become fit and healthy. They should try to success-fully realize their goal and to become persons reliable for the country. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presented gifts to Dr. Hiroyuki Itami and Dr. Aung Myo and food-stuff and cash awards for Myanmar students.
Documentary photos were then taken. The International University of Japan (IUJ) started establishment of the institution in 1976 and was recognized as private international relations post-graduate school by the Japan’s Ministry of Education on 16 January 1982. The university started admission of students in 1983. It set up two faculties for the post-graduate international relations studies and the post-graduate international management studies. These courses are being attended by officer trainees from Myanmar Tatmadaw and those from civilian ministries. A total of 338 students from 59 countries including Myanmar are attending the courses at the university.
The Senior General and party went to Yabukami 2 Power Station and Kamijo Power Station in Niigata Prefecture and observed generation of hydropower and storage of water. Managing Executive Officer Mr. Sadahiro Ohno and officials of Tohhoku Electronic Power Company conducted them round the stations. The Senior General raised questions for further information.
Then, they exchanged commemo-rative gifts. Yabukami 2 Power Station and Kamijo Power Station are branches of Tohhoku Electronic Power Company. Yabukami 2 Power Station was built in July 2013 and it started operating in 2016. The station was installed with the medium-scale electronic turbine to generate 4.5 megawatts. It generates 10,716 megawatts per year to electrify some 3,400 households. Kamijo Power Station was built in 1927. Its operation period lasts for 92 years till today. The station was installed with the two medium-scale electronic turbines to generate three megawatts each. It produces 12,007 megawatts per year to supply electricity to about 3,800 households. Afterwards, the Senior General visited Sekijyosan Saifukuji Temple in Urasa City of Niigata Prefecture. The main building of the temple was built in 1534 AD. The new building decorated with ancient sculptural works was constructed in 1857 AD.
This morning, the Senior General and party made a trip to Urasa City by Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo railway station to observe rail transportation system of Japan. They proceeded to Hakkaisan Japanese traditional Sake brewery in Minami Uonuma City where Managing Director Jiro Nanun explained production processes of Japanese traditional Sake. After hearing the clarification, the Senior General raised questions for further in-formation.
Officials conducted the Senior General and party round the brewery. The 98-year-old Hakkaisan Japanese traditional Sake brewery applies traditional methods of Uonuma region in producing Sake for giving domestic Sake taste to consumers. The brewery produces about 3 million 1.8-litre bottles of Sake per year, five percent of which are exported to America and Southeast Asia. The Sake is made of the best quality paddy from Niigata Prefecture and specialty clean and quality water from springs from the region. Production of Sake needs to take a period from 10 months to one year for getting high quality. The products are kept in cells under adjusted temperature systematically and it is distributed to the market.