Guarding Reputations

Hideki Akamatsu deploys his forces on a white board in the operations room. A master sergeant in the 45-man Japanese peacekeeping contingent on the Golan Heights, Akamatsu scribbles details of the vehicles he sent out of the base on this morning's mission. "We are well-trained and we are not afraid," he says. "We are ready to handle anything." What he's handling, however, is nothing more dangerous than the outsourced laundry of the Canadian peacekeepers who share Camp Zirouani with the Japanese. Outside, Akamatsu's commanding officer, Major Shinji Furusho stands watch for the laundry truck to return from the Israeli resort town...

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