Japan Parliament Urged To Support Afghanistan Mission

Ambassadors from ten nations will conduct a joint briefing session for the Japanese parliament in an effort to persuade the Diet to continue Japan’s support for the war in Afghanistan. They will emphasize the important role Japan is playing in fighting terrorism and the need for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force to continue its operations in the Indian Ocean. The Japanese government supports this effort but the opposition Democratic Party, which now controls the upper house of the Diet, is firmly opposed to such anti-terrorism activities and wants Japan out of the fighting in Afghanistan.

The Japanese people are still living with the legacy of World War II which caused tremendous death and destruction to the nation. Some Japanese regard being involved in fighting in Afghanistan as a violation of the constitution written in post World War II years which forbid military action.