Japanese court dismissed challenge to deploying troops in Iraq

On April 14, 2006, a Japanese court rejected a suit filed by 3,200 citizens who argued that Japan's deployment of troops to Iraq violated the country's pacifist constitution, which bans the use of force to settle international disputes. The plaintiffs also argued that the Iraq war is a war of invasion which violates international law. They sought $270,000 in emotional damages. The Japanese government defended the deployment of troops to Iraq, saying they are helping with a strictly humanitarian mission that is needed to help stabilize the country. Thousands of similar suits were filed throughout Japan.

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