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Hundreds of Japanese Activists Protest Iraq War


Hundreds of demonstrators have marched through the Japanese capital, Tokyo, to protest the war in Iraq.

Activists chanted calls for an end to the Iraq war and carried banners critical of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Organizers say about two thousand people took the streets Sunday, ahead of the fourth anniversary Tuesday of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Japan deployed 600 troops to Iraq on a reconstruction mission - the military's first overseas mission in a war zone since World War II.

Japan withdrew the troops last year but continues to help the war effort by flying supplies and personnel to Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.