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Dispatching the Self-Defense Forces to provide emergency support to refugees will only heighten anti-Japanese sentiment in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a volunteer aid worker said.

“If people (in Pakistan) see Japanese soldiers in refugee camps, they will consider Japan an ally of the U.S. that they so much hate,” said Tetsu Nakamura, a doctor who left Islamabad for Tokyo just after U.S.-led forces launched retaliatory strikes Sunday against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan.

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