posted on Jan, 30 2004 @ 08:33 AM
Japan Reportedly Paying Y10 Billion (75,052,849 EUR) to Iraqis to Guard SDF
2004-01-26 | TOKYO — The Japanese government is reportedly paying approximately 10 billion yen to Iraqi tribal leaders to provide bodyguards for the
Self-defense Forces in Iraq.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office said: "It is rather cheap if we can buy security for our soldiers with that amount of money. In Iraq,
oil money is distributed to those tribes. It is more important for the Japanese government to make one-time payments to the leaders than to pay them a
salary. That will help their local economy and benefit Japan's foreign policy toward new Iraq."
The first contingent of Ground Self Defense Forces is already in Samawah in southern Iraq. The main force is scheduled to be sent either at the end of
January or in early February.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's main concern has been how to protect the lives of the SDF soldiers. One of the measures that the government
initially took was to have Dutch forces guard the SDF.
I would just loved to have seen a Commander breifing his men & telling them that there new orders in Iraq are......to guard the Japenese soldiers!!
WHat do they have on the Dutch?