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Japanese cabinet extends military mission

The Japanese cabinet approved legislation to extend a logistical military mission to support US forces in the Indian Ocean by up to one year, officials said. Under the legislation, which has to be approved by parliament, the government would be able to extend the mission until November 2006. Japan, which is officially pacifist, passed a law two months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to allow support for Washington’s “war on terror” in Afghanistan for two years. Full Story

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