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Japan Calling For Iraq War Inquiry


By jimstaro - Posted on 05 February 2011

Japan parliament calls for Iraq war inquiry

Feb 4, 2011 - The war on Iraq is still raging in this building, but in a far different manner than it did in Iraqi towns and cities. Some one hundred members of parliament are demanding that the government investigate Japan's support of the war.

They are not happy about the lukewarm reaction to their request and they feel the Japanese people deserve more.
Japan, in 2004 under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, supported the war on Iraq and pledged 5 billion dollars for what it called the reconstruction of the country.

According to the Foreign Ministry, 1.5 billion dollars of grant aid have already been obligated and 3.5 billion dollars in yen loan projects have been taking shape one by one. Additionally, Japan agreed to cancel approximately 6 billion dollars in public debt owed to Japan by Iraq. Japan dispatched 600 Self-Defense Forces to Iraq under a special measures law.

When the forces were dispatched to Iraq, polls showed that the majority of Japanese opposed the decision largely on the basis that settling international disputes violated the Constitution. {continued}

Good on ya', Japan! Please do! Look into what really happened and report back to the world. The truth needs to be told so a) those responsible can be held accountable and so b) we don't repeat such horrors and tragedies again.

Mo Rage
the blog

But I'm afraid that this is not going to amount to much. There was a Japanese political representative, MP or what the title was, who started a Japanese international tribual on the war waged on Iraq, but this seems to have not yet amounted to any serious consequences. Maybe Japan, the government will come around to making or passing the right judgment, but I doubt that it'd have any serious weight. The Japanese government supports US basing in Japan when this is unconstitutional according to US law and probably is according to international law.

Japan is not a country to freely and democratically make its own decisions.

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