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Iraq logs reveal true extent of SDF duties--now let’s define them

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Daily logs kept by the Ground Self-Defense Force in Iraq and released April 16 by the Defense Ministry contain some light-hearted entries in addition to accounts of troop activities and local security-related reports.

A July 2006 entry concerns the discovery that Japanese cup noodles were being sold at a kiosk in Baghdad. “Five or six brands were available, including the all-too-familiar Chicken Ramen and Donbei.”

As the stock of Japanese provisions dwindled, a subtle feeling of tension was reported to be building up among the troops. But those cup noodles were a godsend.

“(The tension) dissipated immediately, and our solid-as-steel........

© The Asahi Shimbun