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Tens of thousands of people took part in weekend protests against a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq, with many criticizing the government of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for throwing his support behind Washington’s threatened use of force.

“Prime Minister Koizumi is supporting a U.S. attack on Iraq. I want to stop the war because Japan would otherwise be a perpetrator,” Itsuka Inagaki, a 21-year-old student, said at a rally Saturday in Nagoya.

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