Monday, January 24, 2005

Japanese military deploys to tsunami-hit Indonesia

Japan's largest military deployment since World War II has arrived in Indonesia to help tsunami victims and improve the country's image in a region wary of its past aggression.
Other foreign troops are scaling down their presence in the badly-hit Aceh region one month after the disaster.
But the three Japanese navy ships carrying 950 Self-Defence Force personnel have dropped anchor in Indonesian waters.
AFP. ABC News.

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Perhaps this is the start of Japan as a regional "builder" towards peace and integration?
Is Japan going to really help Indonesia?
What is Japan's motive?

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