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Poll: Japanese Roundly Oppose Extending Troops in Iraq

A new public opinions poll finds Japanese are strongly opposed to extending their country's humanitarian mission to Iraq.

The poll published by the Mainichi newspaper Monday showed three out of four Japanese (77 percent) are against the extension while only 18 percent support it.

The survey also found that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's approval rating has climbed to 56 percent, a gain of five points, since shortly before general elections last month.

The gain came despite recent reports that the prime minister intends to extend Japan's Iraqi mission.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.