This video is on the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Abe, predecessor of Fukuda, about the Afghan war issue.
From Associated Press:
Japanese proposal would scale back naval support for US operations in Afghanistan
HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer
Released : Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:57 AM
TOKYO-Japan could scale back its support of the U.S. in Afghanistan by ending naval assistance to vessels involved in ground missions there under a ruling party proposal that officials predicted Sunday would gain parliamentary approval.
Since 2001, Japan’s navy has been providing fuel for coalition warships under an anti-terrorism law that has been extended three times. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has strongly pushed for another extension to the mission.
However, Fukuda has been forced to make concessions because of strong resistance from the opposition bloc, which controls one of parliament’s two chambers.
A new draft law, submitted to the opposition Friday, would limit the mission to naval refueling and supplying of water to vessels participating in the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom’s maritime patrol missions in the Indian Ocean.
“Under the new law, there will be no refueling to ships providing support for ground operations (in Afghanistan),” Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said Sunday on a public broadcaster NHK talk show.