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MILITARY. That which belongs or relates to the army.

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The handover was made official in a ceremony held in Samawah, the provincial capital, which was also attended by representatives of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.
Grant Newsham, the Tokyo-based Marine Corps Pacific liaison officer to the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, added that Japanese forces have put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.
Moreover, a draft appendix states the Defense Ministry will increase the number of its Maritime Self-Defense Force submarines from 16 to 22 and accelerate studies for procuring new main fighter planes for the Air Self-Defense Force.
The Air Self-Defense Force will contribute 100 members, including 40 that have already been dispatched by a C-130 transport plane, agency officials said.
In addition to Japan's deployment of its Self-Defense Forces, that country has pledged $5 billion in assistance, it chairs the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, and it hosted the October donors' committee meeting in Tokyo.
Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa plans to appoint former Self-Defense Forces chief Tetsuya Nishimoto as his special adviser as the ministry moves toward drawing up a new national defense program outline in late 2010, ministry sources said Tuesday.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Kuwaiti counterpart agreed Tuesday on the need for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to continue their activities in Iraq to help rebuild the war-torn country, a Japanese official said.
The Japanese parliament has been mulling legislation to enable the Self-Defense Forces to protect foreign vessels unrelated to Japan and use force against pirates other than in self-defense.
The defense chief promised to have the Self-Defense Forces continue their activities in Iraq.
Hosoda was discussing the importance of having the ability to protect one's country while commenting on Thursday's 50th anniversary of Japan's Self-Defense Forces when he mentioned Kuwait's situation as an example not to follow.
Japan dispatched the two destroyers -- the Sazanami and the Samidare -- in March under the Self-Defense Forces Law, which authorizes them to escort only Japan-related commercial ships, including foreign-flagged vessels operated by Japanese firms.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada ordered the Self-Defense Forces Friday to ready two of its P-3C patrol aircraft for an antipiracy mission off Somalia.