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3 Japanese soldiers commit suicide back home from Iraq
www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-09 13:08:11

 

    TOKYO, March 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Three soldiers of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force once stationed in southern Iraq committed suicide between early 2004 and last summer after returning home, Japanese media reported on Wednesday.

    The Ground Self-Defense Force's Ground Staff Office said it's uncertain whether or not the suicides were related with their Iraq mission.

    "We will not reveal details because of their privacy," Kyodo News quoted Defense Agency officials as saying.

    Meanwhile, the number of GSDF suicides during fiscal 2004 to March 2005 reached 64, and a simple comparison showed the suicide rate of those returning from Iraq is higher, reports said.

    Japan has stationed some 600 ground troops in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah for a non-combat reconstruction mission since early 2004. About 2,800 of the troops have returned home in rotation so far.

    In order to ease stress caused by fears about terrorism in Iraq,the GSDF has dispatched psychiatric experts to Samawah to conduct counseling and offered psychiatric care to those who returned, officials said. Enditem

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