Japan to Send Cash And Troops to Iraq
Bucking Polls, Koizumi Will Back Bush
TOKYO Oct. 10 — Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will make a direct pledge to President Bush of both money and troops for Iraq when the two leaders meet in Tokyo next week, Japanese government sources said Friday.
Koizumi’s offer to Bush, who will kick off a swing through Asia with a stop in Japan on Oct. 17, is designed to end lingering U.S. doubts about Japan’s commitment to the U.S.-led effort in Iraq. Koizumi was one of the few Asian leaders to clearly support the war, and his administration has pledged on several occasions to chip in both troops and money.*snip*