Japan claims its piece of Iraq action

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Wed Jan 1 09:08:06 MST 2003


Japan Today
January 2, 2002
Gov't to draft new law to support U.S. in war on Iraq

TOKYO - The government plans to draft a new law to
pave the way for Tokyo to provide noncombatant support
to the U.S. military in case of a U.S. attack on Iraq,
a national newspaper said Wednesday.

The Mainichi Shimbun said the Japanese support is
expected to focus on fuel supplies to U.S. Navy
vessels and cargo shipment as in the case with Tokyo's
support to the U.S. military in the U.S.-led war
against terrorism in Afghanistan.

"There is a need to demonstrate the Japan-U.S.
alliance is strong," a government official was quoted
as saying.

Japan currently provides the U.S. military involved in
the war against terrorism with logistic support under
a law on support for antiterrorism activities, but a
possible U.S. war against Iraq would not be covered
under the law.

The Mainichi said the government is also considering
mapping out a law to provide logistic support to
U.S.-led forces to be stationed in Iraq after the war
and supply assistance to refugees in neighboring
countries. (Kyodo News)


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