Huge Chelsea blow! Mourinho confirms major Courtois injury

first_img1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will undergo knee surgery which will keep him out for ‘quite a long time’, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Belgian international injured his right knee in training on Thursday and is now set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The news is a big blow for the champions after the 23-year-old played such a vital role during their 2014-15 title-winning campaign.Mourinho will now have to rely on summer recruit Asmir Begovic, who joined from Stoke City to replace Petr Cech as the club’s No. 2. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” The Portuguese manager also revealed that Oscar will miss Saturday’s trip to Everton but could return in time for their Champions League opener at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv next Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois last_img read more

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He must stay! Zouma offers backing to Chelsea boss Mourinho

first_img Jose Mourinho and Kurt Zouma 1 Kurt Zouma says Jose Mourinho must NOT be sacked as he is not the one to blame for Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season. The champions have lost six times in the Premier League already this term and face a battle to finish in the top four.Mourino has seen his future called into question as a result of their woeful run of form and amid reports he has fallen out with senior stars.But, after Chelsea claimed a much-needed win against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, Zouma insisted dressing room morale remains high.“There is no tension and no players are speaking against each other,” said Zouma. “The mood in the dressing room is always good. We are all together with the manager and we want him to stay. “It’s not his fault because he’s not on the pitch. We have to think about our game.”last_img read more

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TEAM NEWS: Liverpool XI to face Sunderland

first_img1 TEAM NEWS: Liverpool XI to face Sunderland Liverpool will look to make it back-to-back wins tonight after a slight wobble in form for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.The German manager has named his team, with the injured Divock Origi dropping out and Belgian forward Christian Benteke has returned to the starting XI in his place.Daniel Sturridge, who said he is fit and ready to go this week, is not in the squad as his manager is being cautious not to rush him back to action.James Milner is out and Jordon Ibe returns to the bench after illness.The home side, meanwhile, have lost all four of their Premier League matches in December and they are seven points from safety ahead of their final match of 2015.Sunderland’s defence may be strengthened in the New Year, with Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone rumoured to be close to joining.Here are tonight’s teams:Sunderland XI: Mannone, Jones, Coates, Brown, Van Aanholt, Cattermole (C), M’Vila, Rodwell, Johnson, Borini, Defoe.Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, Bentekelast_img read more

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Title-winning 4-3-1-2? Incredible if Man United have this line up next season

first_img 11 4. Angelo Ogbonna (centre back) – Smalling’s partner could be Ogbonna. According to The Times, the West Ham man is at the top of United’s defensive wish list and they are prepared to battle Manchester City for his signature. 11 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above to see the full possible Manchester United line up for next season – Having tied him down to a long-term deal after his move to Real Madrid collapsed in the summer, only a record offer for De Gea would tempt United into selling. Expect the Spaniard to remain in between the posts next season. 8. Bastian Schweinsteiger (midfield) – Schweinsteiger’s arrival in the Premier League has been somewhat disappointing, with the German not having the impact expected. Despite this, though, such experience is crucial for the club moving forward. 11 10. Anthony Martial (striker) – Martial’s talent is wasted on the wing. He looks to have lost a little confidence of late, but he must start as a centre forward – where he is at his most dangerous. 11 11. Gonzalo Higuain (striker) – It’s a rarity in the modern game, but United could deploy two up top. There have been few more prolific than Higuain this season, and the Red Devils are reportedly interested in the £62m-rated striker. Finding the back of the net has been difficult for the club this season, suggesting a serious change is needed in attack. 11 6. Ander Herrera (midfield) – The Spaniard has been used sparingly under Van Gaal, much to the frustration of the Old Trafford faithful. He’s one of United’s most creative players and should be cherished. 11 11 11 2. Matteo Darmian (right back) – Darmian hasn’t quite lived up to potential at Old Trafford, with injury largely halting his progression in his debut Premier League campaign. Nonetheless, confidence is high that he is the man to fill the role at right back for the foreseeable future. 3. Chris Smalling (centre back) – The England international has been the Red Devils’ standout performer this term, earning the respect of manager Van Gaal – which is no easy task. The problem has been finding Smalling a regular partner in defence. 9. Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) – The Three Lions captain was written off at the beginning of the season, but has hit back, reminding supporters of his match-winning influence. He’s out of action for the next few weeks with injury, and it’ll be interesting to see his impact, particularly at the 2016 European Championship, upon his return. Manchester United still appear some way off the finished article.The Red Devils have struggled to keep pace with the Premier League’s top four, despite a promising start, having drifted outside of the Champions League spots in recent weeks.While back-to-back victories over Arsenal and Watford have drawn them level with fourth-placed Manchester City, this season has been riddled with disappointing performances.With this in mind, it’s expected that United will address their senior squad in the summer.So, we’ve taken a look at a possible line up for Manchester United next season, featuring a new forward that has 25 goals to his name so far this term – check it out by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 5. Luke Shaw (left back) – It’s disappointing that injury has put the former Southampton defender’s progression back a season, but he could return even stronger. Marcos Rojo doesn’t look convincing and Shaw is firmly considered the long term prospect in this position. 7. Morgan Schneiderlin (midfield) – The Frenchman has been consistent without lighting up the Theatre of Dreams. He might not grab the headlines, but Schneiderlin has been key to United’s stubborn defence this season. last_img read more

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Mustangs encounter too many weapons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMira Costa went into Friday night’s nonleague contest hoping to gain momentum going into next week’s Bay League opener. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Newport Harbor and running back Danny Miller had other ideas as the junior ran for 201 yards and a touchdown to lead the Sailors to a 39-30 nonleague victory at Newport Harbor. Newport Harbor quarterback Andrew McDonald passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns. “He’s a terrific runner,” Mira Costa coach Don Morrow said of Miller. “They have a very good quarterback and wide receiver. They are three good weapons. We knew that going in, but we just didn’t stop them when we needed to.” Mira Costa (2-3) got on the scoreboard first when senior quarterback Sean Kelly hit Jon-Mikal Personius for a 34-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. NONLEAGUE: Mira Costa fails to slow down Newport Harbor. By David Rice CORRESPONDENT Early in the second quarter after Newport Harbor had cut the Mustangs lead to 7-6, Kelly scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw to give Mira Costa a 14-6 lead. But Newport Harbor (4-1) scored on two straight possessions with McDonald finding Henry Pyle for a an 8-yard touchdown pass and J.B. Green on a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Sailors a 20-14 lead. With Newport Harbor leading 20-17 midway through the third quarter, Kelly capped an 80-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard sneak to give the Mustangs the lead, 24-20. “Our offense played well tonight, especially our passing,” said Kelly, who threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 80 yards and two more scores. “This nonleague schedule helped us to get ready for the real season – league play.” With Newport Harbor leading, 31-24, with just more than seven minutes to play in the game and Mira Costa driving, Kelly attempted an option pitch to running back Adrien Dotson. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Dotson did not catch the pitch and Newport Harbor recovered on the Mustangs’ 48-yard line. Two plays later, McDonald gave Newport Harbor a 15-point cushion when he hooked up with Green for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion gave the Sailors a 39-24 lead with 7:42 remaining. Mira Costa drove down the field, scoring with four minutes remaining on Kelly’s second touchdown pass – a 6-yard strike to junior Michael Tam to pull the Mustangs within 39-30. Mira Costa elected to go for a two-point conversion, but Dotson was stopped short of the goal line on a run to clinch the win for Newport Harbor. “We couldn’t afford to turn the ball over tonight as every possession was important in the game,” Morrow said. “After we scored the last touchdown, we decided to go for two because had to at least once to have a chance.” Next week Mira Costa plays defending Bay League champion West Torrance in their league opener.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Trash haulers for commercial customers hit the picket lines

first_imgLos Angeles is the most competitive trash market in the country, and Waste Management is worried businesses will use other trash haulers, Cole said. The company is bringing in workers from California and other parts of the country to replace the strikers. “It’s not acceptable to us that our customers should have to suffer service interruptions because of a strike,” Cole said. On a dust-caked industrial road in Sun Valley, more than 100 workers carried picket signs outside Waste Management’s Bradley Landfill. Picketers chanted and briefly blocked trucks pulling out of the facility before letting the trucks drive by. “We feel that we have proven our point, let’s put it that way, because I know pretty much that they’re hurting, and I hope we come to an agreement soon,” said striking trucker Adam Sanchez, 52, of North Hollywood. Waste Management serves about 12,000 customers in the city of Los Angeles, said Enrique C. Zaldivar, interim director of sanitation for the city. Most of those are businesses – everything from shopping centers to factories – but a few customers are large apartment complexes, he said. Waste Management competes with 140 private trash-hauling companies serving L.A. businesses, Zaldivar said. The city’s own sanitation workers pick up residential trash. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The company made three offers since negotiations for a new contract began in July, Phillips said. The union decided not to recommend ratification of the first two offers, but after the latest offer, union officials told workers they should ratify it, he said. Despite that, the workers voted Wednesday to reject what Waste Management called its final offer. The truckers make up to $17.80 an hour, which is less than trash haulers make in other major metropolitan areas, Phillips said. “We’re not going after a company that doesn’t have the resources to compensate our workers,” Phillips said. “They’re a very profitable, publicly traded company.” SUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. workers went on strike Friday, affecting hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses in Los Angeles County, but mostly just commercial customers in the San Fernando Valley. The strike began about 3 a.m. when union representatives for the sanitation workers turned down the latest contract offer made by Waste Management. “Frankly, I think it’s shocking and it’s disappointing that the workers chose to strike when their leadership was recommending ratifying this deal with Waste Management,” said Kit Cole, a company spokeswoman. About 450 Waste Management workers went on strike Friday at locations in Sun Valley, Long Beach and Compton, said Jay Phillips, president of Teamsters Local 396, the union representing the workers. last_img read more

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97 new laws coming our way

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Arguably his most controversial decision, Schwarzenegger signed a bill requiring semiautomatic handguns made and sold in the state to have technology to microstamp each bullet fired from the gun. Supporters say the micro-stamping requirement, the first in the nation, will help police track down criminals. Opponents, including the National Rifle Association, argued that the technology is unreliable and could be used to implicate innocent people if criminals leave behind stamped cartridges from other guns at crime scenes. In his signing message, Schwarzenegger said he understands the technology is not perfect but hopes it will give police a new tool in solving violent crimes. Under the gun bill, every semiautomatic handgun sold in California will have to stamp each bullet cartridge in two locations whenever it is fired. The stamp would identify the gun’s make, model and serial number. The law will take effect in 2010. LEGISLATION: Bills governor signed address teen tanning, condors, bottled water and more. By Aaron C. Davis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday signed 97 bills and vetoed another 58, creating new laws on topics such as the sale of kangaroo skin and protecting endangered condors, but also halting lawmakers’ efforts on dozens of other fronts, including giving college aid to illegal immigrants and requiring warning labels on cloned food. It does not affect revolvers, rifles or shotguns. It targets only semiautomatics, which the bill’s author, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, said are used in the majority of homicides committed with firearms. Schwarzenegger’s most high- profile veto blocked the so-called Dream Act, a bill that would have made illegal immigrant students who graduate from California high schools eligible for college aid. The governor had vetoed similar legislation last year, but this year Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama drew attention to it, saying Schwarzenegger would compound the immigration problem if he vetoed it. Student groups also had rallied repeatedly on the steps of the Capitol and elsewhere around the state in recent weeks. Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, wrote the bill. California already allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they’ve attended a California high school for at least three years and apply for legal status. The governor’s actions leave 153 bills remaining on his desk. He has until Sunday at midnight to sign or veto the remaining legislation. If he takes no action, the bills become law. Schwarzenegger also signed bills on the following topics: Condors: Hunters will be barred from using led-based ammunition in areas inhabited by endangered California condors, an area that encompasses most of the state’s central coast. Scientists consider lead poisoning a leading cause of death among the scavengers, which often feed on bullet-ridden carcasses. There are only about 127 condors flying freely in the southwestern United States, and about 70 are in California. More than a dozen deaths have been linked to lead poisoning. Opponents of the bill, said the alternative, copper bullets, may be no better for the birds. Kangaroo skin: California will end its unique ban on importing or selling kangaroo-skin products. Schwarzenegger favors exotic-skin cowboy boots and owns snakeskin and alligator boots, but proponents said the bill was not about fashion products. Kangaroo leather is lighter than other leathers and is most often used in law enforcement gear and high-performance soccer cleats. The measure would continue the state’s prohibition on products made from protected kangaroo species but allow the use of leather from more plentiful species. Sexual orientation: Schools will be barred from discriminating based on a student’s sexual orientation, and teachers and administrators will be required to enforce anti-bias laws to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students. Some family values groups lobbied against the bills saying they would encourage teaching about homosexuality. Sperm cleansing: Men with HIV will be allowed to donate sperm to a willing, HIV-free spouse or other recipient if the sperm has gone through a process to minimize infectiousness. Domestic violence: Victims of domestic violence will be allowed to ask judges to grant protective orders for their pets under a bill written by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica. Student voting: State colleges and universities will be required to try to boost voter participation by giving students the opportunity to register to vote when they sign up for classes. Teen tanning: Parents must consent in person to teens using tanning salons in an effort to reduce the number of children exposed to the potentially dangerous ultraviolet light. Gift certificates: Consumers can cash in unspent gift certificates worth less than $10. An estimated $8 billion in gift cards went unspent nationally in 2006. Bottled water: Bottled water will have to come with labels revealing the source of the water beginning in 2009. School food: Elementary and middle schools will have to remove food with artery-clogging trans fats from cafeteria menus and vending machines. The governor vetoed the following: Interrogations: The bill would have forced police investigators to record interrogations of suspects in homicides and violent felonies. Proponents said the measure would have eliminated disputes about what actually happened during interrogations. In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said that although reducing the number of false confessions was a laudable goal, recording every interrogation would put unnecessary restrictions on officers. “I cannot support a measure that would deny law enforcement the flexibility necessary to interrogate suspects in homicide and violent felony cases when the need to do so is not clear,” he wrote. Abandoned babies: The legislation would have given new mothers up to 30 days to anonymously drop off unwanted babies at places such as fire stations and hospitals. The current law allows such drop-offs within 72 hours of birth. It was the second consecutive year Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure and he said the law would put newborns in greater risk by keeping them in an unsafe environment longer. Identity theft: The bill would have required stores responsible for data breaches to repay banks for the cost of replacing compromised credit and debit cards.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Supervisor to ask youths to abstain

first_img“We at Planned Parenthood also believe it’s critically important that parents speak to their teens about matters of sex, relationships and values, and that they convey information about abstinence and about how teens can protect themselves once they become sexually active,” said Mary-Jane Wagle, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. “Not giving that vital information leaves teens in the dark and leads to the kind of public health crisis that the Public Health Institute study documents.” In recent years, the number of sexually transmitted disease cases has increased substantially at the county, state and national levels, including large increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV cases, officials say. By the 12th grade, 65 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and one in five has had four or more partners, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many of the diseases, known as STDs, can cause serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and increased risk of HIV. Johanna Nestor, director of the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs at DHHS, said President Bush initiated the “Parents Speak Up” campaign in his State of the Union address in 2004, urging parents to talk to their children. “The message is to get parents to talk to their children early and often about waiting to have sex,” Nestor said. In recent decades, a national political and philosophical battle has raged over whether children should be told to wait to have sex until marriage, or instructed to use condoms to prevent STDs. Republicans have long called for abstinence education, primarily based on moral reasons. In recent years, more government funds have been dedicated to abstinence education. But for every $9 spent on sex education, only $1 is spent on abstinence education, said Moira Gaul, director of Women’s Reproductive Health at the Family Research Council, a pro-family public policy organization in Washington, D.C. “Clearly, we have an epidemic of STDs in young people,” Gaul said. “And premature adolescent sex has been associated with a number of negative outcomes, including poor academic performance, substance abuse, mental health (problems), as well as increased risk for STDs and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Citing new statistics showing one in five county youth contracted sexually transmitted diseases in 2005, Burke will join others at a pro-abstinence rally outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. Burke, along with actress and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, gospel duo Mary Mary, comedian Michael Colyer and youths from various community-based organizations, will speak after the morning rally. The rally is designed to promote local participation in the national “Parents Speak Up” campaign, which encourages parents to initiate the conversation with their preteen and teenage children about the importance of abstinence. “It’s very important for parents to talk to their preteen and teenage children about the importance of abstinence and the risks of getting some sexually transmitted disease,” Burke said. “We realize teens are often under a great deal of pressure, but parents need to get in there first and explain the real problems.” Burke decided to call for the rally after a recent report by the Oakland-based Public Health Institute estimated more than 1million young people in the state contracted sexual diseases that cost the state more than $1 billion in 2005. In the county, about one in five young people from 15 to 24 contracted diseases that year. HEALTH: Burke decides that sex diseases require a new plan. She’ll speak at a rally. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER Breaking ranks with other officials who for years have promoted condom use among the young to protect them from sexually transmitted diseases, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke today will urge youth to abstain from sex. last_img read more

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Candidate seeks space from N ez

first_img“I’ve gotten all these things done on my own, through my own campaign,” Furutani said. “I stand on my own two feet. Nobody handpicks me, or needs to.” Furutani, a board member at the L.A. Community College District, has worked for the past three years as a consultant for N ez on education and on issues affecting the Asian Pacific Islander community. He has taken a leave to pursue the campaign. Furutani also has served as a Los Angeles Unified School District board member, and has emphasized his experience, saying it will enable him to “hit the ground running.” Gipson has been a councilman for only 21/2 years, but argues that in that time he has been exposed to a broader range of issues relevant to the Assembly district, including crime, economic development and environmental concerns. Furutani reported $287,000 in contributions as of the end of October, mostly from the Asian Pacific Islander community. In the same period, Gipson took in only $75,000, including $30,000 of his own money. Gipson complained that N ez’s support for Furutani is “one of the reasons it’s so hard to raise money in Sacramento.” At the Monday forum, however, Gipson avoided criticizing the speaker and did not highlight the speaker’s connection to Furutani. “That’s not my thing,” Gipson said later, adding he was surprised that Furutani was so critical of N ez. “He made comments I wouldn’t make about my boss.” The only one who trumpeted the issue was Mervin Evans, a perennial candidate who most recently finished last out of 17 contenders for the 37th Congressional District. Raising his voice to a shout, Evans said that N ez was “on shaky ground – shaky as fried ice cream,” and argued that a new speaker should be selected. Furutani, Gipson and Evans are the only Democrats in the Dec. 11 primary to replace Laura Richardson, who was elected to Congress in August. The winner of the primary will go on to a general election on Feb.5, where he will face Republican business owner Evelyn Robertson, Libertarian Herb Peters and Charlotte Gibson of the American Independent Party. The district is overwhelmingly Democratic, meaning the top Democrat in the primary is all but guaranteed to win the seat. gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre N ez’s support has helped Furutani build a 4-to-1 fundraising advantage over his opponent, Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson. Furutani has also won the endorsements of the Democratic Party and the L.A. County Federation of Labor, consolidating his position as the establishment favorite in the Dec. 11 special election. But N ez has recently been taken to task in the Los Angeles Times for charging lavish expenses from European trips to his campaign and for funneling corporate contributions to charities he controlled. In a subsequent interview, Furutani reiterated his criticism of the speaker, saying the stories may prompt N ez’s donors to wonder how their money is being spent. “I think it is a problem the speaker has to address and he is addressing,” Furutani said. “Everything clearly says he hasn’t done anything illegal. But the problem in politics is perception, and that’s the problem I have.” Furutani stressed that he had earned his numerous endorsements without the speaker’s help. Warren Furutani has worked full time as a consultant for Assembly Speaker Fabian N ez and has the speaker’s crucial support in his campaign for the 55th Assembly District. But lately that support has become a potential liability as N ez finds himself caught up in a pair of campaign finance scandals. In recent days, Furutani has worked to distance himself from his employer. “The speaker is in absolutely, definitely a difficult situation,” Furutani said at a campaign forum Monday night, adding that N ez should be “held accountable by his constituents.” last_img read more

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Gates urging Japan to meet its obligations

first_imgTOKYO – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told pacifist Japan today that it had an obligation to take on an expanded role in global security affairs appropriate to its political, economic and military capabilities. In a final public appearance of a week of travels across East Asia, Gates told students and faculty members of Tokyo’s Sophia University that Americans “hope and expect Japan will choose to accept more global security responsibilities in the years ahead.” Gates recalled that before the first Persian Gulf War in 1991, Japan, which is far more dependent on Middle East oil than is the United States, contributed financial support but no military forces. He also said Japan was criticized for what was then dismissively called “checkbook diplomacy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Gates said that today, “Japan has the opportunity and an obligation to take on a role that reflects its political, economic and military capacity.” He applauded the aid Japan provided to stabilization efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, noting that Japan was one of the largest contributors of money for reconstruction efforts in those countries. Japan has also provided assistance in limited military-support roles.last_img read more

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