Japan supports Iraq and decided to offer loans for building bridges and roads destroyed by military actions, money will be also used for rebuilding an oil port and for construction of a gas liquefaction refinery. Iraq informed 2 days ago that its military forces would take from coalition forces in the southern province of Al-Muthanna, the 1st such move in the war-torn country, which paves the way for the departure of Japanese troops.
Japan has promised to Iraq loans for the region which capital is Samawa. This action is considered help for the new government.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced in a news conference:
"Japan has provided encouraging support and even if the Self-Defense Forces withdraw from Samawa, we want to continue that support,"
"As a responsible member of the international community, Japan will continue considering and carrying out what it can do for the stability of Iraq,".