Members of the Japan Forum on International Relations, a public-private proposal group, issued an appeal Thursday supporting the U.S. stance on the Iraqi crisis. [Full text of appeal]

The appeal is signed by 39 JFIR members, including Kazuo Aichi, former director general of the Defense Agency; Koji Kakizawa, a former foreign minister; Kenichi Ito, JFIR president; Takashi Imai, JFIR chairman and honorary chairman of the Japan Business Federation; Yuriko Koike, a Lower House member; and Tadae Takubo, professor of international relations at Kyorin University.

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