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Declassified White House documents show that U.S. President George H.W. Bush strongly urged Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu in 1990 to send Maritime Self-Defense Force units to join the U.S.-led multinational forces during the Gulf War.

A record of telephone talks between Bush and Kaifu on Aug. 13, 1990, was obtained by the National Security Archive, a U.S. think tank. Iraq had invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 and Bush was starting to build an international military coalition to evict the invaders.

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