Japan stops Afghan war contribution

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From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

The Japanese government has given orders to its navy to terminate a refuelling mission that has supported US-led military operations in Afghanistan for the past eight years, after the legal mandate for the mission expired.

The decision by Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa comes four months after Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama vowed an independent diplomatic course from its key security ally when his government came to power last September.

See also here.

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Germany has given support to the country’s senior Protestant bishop, Margot Kässmann, in her criticism of Germany’s military strategy in Afghanistan – writes Anli Serfontein: here.

8 thoughts on “Japan stops Afghan war contribution

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  2. Japan axes Afghan naval mission

    Japan: The government has wrapped up its eight-year naval refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean supporting the US-led war in Afghanistan, fulfilling a campaign pledge of the new Democrat Party government.

    The right-wing Liberal Democrat Party administration, which was ousted last August, passed a contentious law in 2001 allowing for the ships to be sent in order to get around stipulations in Japan’s pacifist constitution.

    That mandate expired on Friday.



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