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Both Japanese Candidates Back Afghan Mission

From an outraged Washington Post:

Two candidates to succeed outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda, right, and former Foreign Minister Taro Aso smile during their joint news conference at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007.

Japanese Candidates Back Afghan Mission

Saturday, September 15, 2007

TOKYO — The front-runner to become Japan’s next prime minister vowed Saturday to extend his nation’s support for U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan.

Ruling party veteran Yasuo Fukuda also said he would take a softer line with North Korea over its past abduction of Japanese nationals, a row that has threatened to upset negotiations over the communist country’s nuclear weapons.

The Sept. 23 Liberal Democratic Party ballot to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who abruptly resigned earlier this week, will pit the liberal Fukuda against the more hawkish former Foreign Minister Taro Aso.

Both candidates have said Japan cannot afford to drop out of the global war on terrorism and pledged to push to extend the country’s naval mission in the Indian Ocean.

“Our mission is highly regarded by the international community. We must win understanding for the need to extend,” Fukuda told a joint press conference Saturday.

Since 2001, Japan’s navy has been providing fuel for U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan under an anti-terrorism law that has been extended three times…

Mr. Fukuda is ever so slightly less hawkish about the war than his rival, so now our unbiased watchdog media is touting him in every article.

Of course the reporters know or care nothing about Japanese politics. They simply want the more defeatist candidate to win, no matter how small the difference.

Any port in a storm.

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