• The Associated Press


Thousands of demonstrators marched Friday through downtown Tokyo to protest the war in Iraq and Japan’s plans to support the U.S.-led campaign with nonmilitary aid.

The protests came hours after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi conferred by telephone with U.S. President George W. Bush for the first time since hostilities were launched Thursday. Bush told Koizumi military operations were “going well,” officials said.

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