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In a recent article, we are informed that the United States and Japan are making contingency plans in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan. The article stresses Japan’s contributions to any such conflict as “rear-area support for U.S. forces,” and also various humanitarian tasks.

In the Iraq war, Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have provided logistic and humanitarian services, yet Ground Self-Defense Force units were protected by soldiers of other nations. Additionally, geographical factors and weapons limitations have negated attacks on Japanese soil by anyone in Iraq.

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