Koizumi unable to name noncombat zones in Iraq

TOKYO, Japan - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) responds to questions from Naoto Kan (L), leader of the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan, in a face-to-face debate in the Diet on July 23. Koizumi admitted he could not name any place in Iraq that can be defined as a noncomb on July 23. Koizumi admitted he could not name any place in Iraq that can be defined as a noncombat zone, where Self-Defense Forces (SDF) can be sent to help rebuild the country if a government bill on the matter is passed. (Kyodo)

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