Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda on Wednesday welcomed the Defense Agency’s decision to halt regular news conferences involving top officers of the Air, Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Forces.

The decision, announced Tuesday, has angered reporters and drawn harsh protests from the press club at the agency, with the government planning to dispatch a main unit of the Ground Self-Defense Force to help reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

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