Japan to help Myanmar modernize postal services

The Japanese government and Japan Post Co. are expected to help Myanmar modernize its postal system to enhance the quality of its services, according to sources close to the matter.

Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo and Myanmar Communications and Information Technology Minister Myat Hein are expected to confirm the cooperation in a meeting in Japan this week, they said.

Under the deal, Japan is expected to help Myanmar introduce automatic postal code-reading and sorting machines in a bid to enhance the country's delivery efficiency and will also help improve its mail distribution network.

Postal services in some developing and emerging countries suffer problems such as items getting lost during delivery.

Japan Post, under the umbrella of Japan Post Holdings Co., has been offering similar support to Vietnam and Russia to improve their postal system.