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GSDF activity logs on Iraq operations discovered

  • April 3, 2018
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All papers reported extensively on the revelation by Defense Minister Onodera on Monday that daily activity logs of GSDF logistical operations in Iraq from 2004 through 2006 have been retrieved despite the ministry’s earlier explanation at the Diet that no such reports existed. An electronic copy of the 14,000-page document was reportedly found on a computer installed at a GSDF-affiliated facility in January. The minister offered an apology for providing false information at the parliament. Noting that this was the second incident in which the ministry discovered a document that it had previously claimed did not exist and that the Abe administration has recently been under fire over a document-tampering scandal involving the Finance Ministry, the dailies said serious doubts are being raised about the central government’s management of public records. 

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