...only P. S. Suryanarayana of The Hindu makes reference to the Prime Minister's use of the term tesshū.
Japan to withdraw all soldiers from IraqP. S. Suryanarayana...a name to remember...and an author who "loves" quotation marks.
SINGAPORE: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of his country's troops from Iraq. No timeline was formally set, but officials in Tokyo later hinted that the pull-out would be completed in about two months.
Mr. Koizumi described the decision as a "redeployment" of Japan's military personnel who were sent to the Samawah region of southern Iraq on an explicit "non-combat mission of reconstruction."
Somewhat offsetting the pull-out move, though, Mr. Koizumi said a unit of Japan's "Air Self Defence Force" would now operate flights to the Iraqi zones of Baghdad and Erbil from neighbouring Kuwait.