Japan which has 550 forces in Iraq in a non-combat role is withdrawing. America's virtual colony since the genocidal Nazi-type atomic bombings at the end of World War II, the U.S. has essentially directed and governed Japan's external affairs. Not surprisingly, the MacArthur Constitution that outlawed war and provided a virtual pacifist, defensive approach to deploying forces, has angered the U.S. in recent years. It wants Japan to join America's imperial overstretch and deploy in a more robust manner its S.D.F. at America's bidding. But the empire strikes back as Japan like so many others in the Coalition of the UNwilling, prepares to leave the crusade and redeploy to Northeast Asia where they belong.
Japan's forces were in Samawah in the south and were "protected" by Australia and British imperialist forces. They have been in country since February 2004 and began withdrawing into Kuwait on June 25, 2006 (update). Japan's forces were not allowed to engage in military operations and were confined to engineering, humanitarian and other civil affairs activities. It distressed me that Japan had sent troops to Iraq because I saw it as a manifestation of ending its exemplary record as a global power, at least economically, and morally since the conclusion of the late war on September 2, 1945.