Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Monday won a desperately needed endorsement from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan for Japan’s engagement in postwar aid missions in Iraq.

Annan, in Tokyo for a five-day visit, held a one-hour meeting with Koizumi at the Prime Minister’s Office.

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