SLUG: 2-280973 Bush/Terrorism (overnighter)
TITLE=BUSH/TERRORISM OVERNIGHTER (S-ONLY)
BYLINE= PAULA WOLFSON
DATELINE= WHITE HOUSE
INTRO: President Bush meets today (Tuesday) with Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports the Japanese leader came to Washington from New York where he got a first hand look at the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
TEXT: Japan could be a key player in President Bush's efforts to build a coalition against terrorism.
Since World War Two, Japan has stayed on the sidelines of international conflicts. But Prime Minister Koizumi is pushing legislation that would enable Japanese soldiers to play a more active role.
If the changes are approved by the Parliament, Japanese troops will be able to help with intelligence gathering, and deliver supplies and medical services.
It would be a big change from 1991 when Japan was the only American ally to refuse to take a direct role in the Gulf War. Instead, Tokyo offered financial assistance.
The Japanese Prime minister is one of four world leaders scheduled to visit the White House this week. Others include the Prime Ministers of Canada and Belgium and Jordan's King Abdullah. (signed)
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