Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has offered to help Bangladesh improve the conditions at a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
Kono met Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday.
Kono said he hopes they can closely cooperate to achieve the early return of the refugees. The ministers agreed to call on Myanmar to take concrete steps to begin the process.
The Japanese foreign minister had earlier visited a refugee camp housing more than 900,000 Rohingya who have fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar.
He inspected water facilities built with Japanese support, and was also briefed on how the refugees are trying to prevent landslides. Kono told the camp's residents that Japan hopes to help them return home safely.
Kono told reporters there are many children in the camp who need proper education. He said Bangladesh's burden is huge, and international assistance is necessary.