Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nearly anything to piss the right in Japan

is fine with me.

Japan will withdraw the troops it had based in the Middle East in support of the US-led coalition.

Government officials said that some 200 air force troops would be brought home from Kuwait by the end of the year.

They have been deployed to fly goods and personnel into Iraq since Japan withdrew its ground forces from the country two years ago.

Japan's pacifist constitution blocks military operations, but humanitarian troops served for two years.

The pacifist constitution which bars a military, allows humanitarian operations by non-military SFD military personnel. I understand. (Oh wait, the SDF isn't really a military.)

This does not mean that the increasingly close (at the expense of other US allies in the region) military relationship between the US and Japan will cool down a bit. One can only hope though.

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