It kind of undermines the value of sending troops to Iraq if you need another country's troops to protect them:
Britain agrees to protect Japanese troops in IraqTrue, Japan's troops are barred from participating in combat under Article 9 of Japan's pacifist postwar constitution. But can't its "Self-Defense Forces" handle their own self-defense?
Friday, January 21, 2005 at 07:24 JST
TOKYO — Britain indicated Thursday it will help ensure the security of Japan's Self-Defense Forces in Samawah, southern Iraq, after the Dutch military currently protecting them leave there in March, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
"Britain will fully cooperate in ensuring the security of the SDF," Straw was quoted as saying. About 600 troops from the Ground Self-Defense Force are stationed in Samawah on an aid and reconstruction mission. (Kyodo News)