As former deputy chief Cabinet secretary and House of Councilors member Kosei Ueno prepares for the Upper House election scheduled for mid-July, he is nagged by one major concern: the security situation in Iraq.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi plans to dispatch up to 600 Ground Self-Defense Force troops to Iraq, despite ongoing attacks on foreign soldiers by terrorists and insurgents.

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