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Cablegate: Media Reaction Q Fta - Tokyo

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION Q FTA - TOKYO


LEAD STORIES: Most Tuesday morning papers front-paged the
free trade agreement reached Monday between the US and
South Korea.

1. "US-ROK FTA: Japan's Turn Now" The liberal Asahi
editorialized (4/3): "South Korea and the US have
concluded a free trade agreement (FTA). Although the
sensitive issue of opening the South Korean rice market
was shelved, the conclusion of these drawn-out and
difficult negotiations will jolt Japan's conspicuously
inward-looking trade strategy. After the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994,
the US concluded FTAs with Singapore and other small
countries, so the birth of a US-ROK FTA is the first such
major achievement in a long time for Washington. This is
also the largest such agreement that South Korea has ever
made.... South Korean President Roh made the decision to
conclude the FTA in the face of strong opposition from
South Korean farmers in the hope that the nation's
industries will become more competitive over the long
term. With his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) set to
expire on July 1, President Bush's trade policy would
have been at a dead end if the US failed to reach an
agreement with South Korea.... Some say that the US,
after having opened the South Korean market, might now
take action to conclude an FTA with Japan. While things
are still at the stage of economic leaders in the US and
Japan proposing a start to negotiations, it is highly
likely that Washington, which attaches importance to its
relations with a growing Asia, will strengthen its trade
strategy toward Japan."

SCHIEFFER

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