Both candidates in Japan leadership race support Afghan mission extension

September 15, 2007 08:33

Both candidates in the race to replace outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to push for an extension of Japan's naval mission supporting US-led military operations in Afghanistan. Japan's navy has been providing fuel for coalition forces in Afghanistan under an anti-terrorism law that has already been extended three times. But the country's main opposition party is trying to block a further extension, saying coalition military operations there have not been properly approved by the United Nations.

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