CHIBA (Kyodo) A Ground Self-Defense Force sergeant caught shoplifting in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, earlier this month has told investigators he did it because he “did not want to be deployed to Iraq,” officials said Tuesday.

The 38-year-old sergeant first class belongs to the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade based in Funabashi, Chiba.

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