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Nearly 90 percent of residents in the southern Iraq city of Samawah and vicinity welcome the deployment of Japanese troops to aid in reconstruction work there, according to a poll released Monday.

But about 40 percent of respondents to the poll, which Kyodo News commissioned a local newspaper to conduct early this month, said they were opposed to any operations by the Ground Self-Defense Force perceived as supporting the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.

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