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Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 04/06/07

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SUBJECT: JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS 04/06/07


1) Top headlines
2) Editorials
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule

US ties:
4) Former Ambassador Baker meets Prime Minister Abe, concurs on
strengthening bilateral cooperation over North Korea issues
5) LDP lawmakers to lobby against US congressional resolution over
comfort women
6) Defense Minister Kyuma to ask US to provide F-22 stealth fighter
data for FX selection

Fallout from Aegis data leakage:
7) Police likely to quiz MSDF lieutenant commander today over Aegis
data leaks
8) Classified info contained in Aegis data taken out
9) Aegis data shared by MSDF echelon, used for in-house briefings

Political issues:
10) Prime Minister Abe to set up expert panel on collective
self-defense, eyes strengthening bilateral alliance before leaving
for US
11) Prime Minister Abe to launch expert panel to study collective
security
12) Campaigning for Diet by-elections kick off in Okinawa, Fukushima

13) Tokyo Gov. Ishihara still ahead of all other candidates in
gubernatorial race
14) 46% favor constitutional revision in Yomiuri poll
Economic topics:
15) Japan's business leader urges FTA with US
16) Japan, China experts to meet on East China Sea gas field project


Articles:

1) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi:
Revised domestic violence prevention law to protect victims from
intimidation

Mainichi:
Civil code over 300-day birth registration by divorced women to be
revised

Yomiuri:
Companies received 1,207 unreasonable demands last year

Nihon Keizai:
Government aims for 70% of young, married women in workforce in 10
years

Sankei:
Police authorities to interview MSDF lieutenant commander as early
as today on suspicion of Aegis data leakage

Tokyo Shimbun:
Kumamoto City gives hospital "baby hatch" OK

Akahata:
Severe judgment should be given to political parties that decided

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substantial increase in residential taxes

2) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) Professional baseball leagues must reveal backdoor money paid to
amateur players in the past
(2) Tsunami came to Solomon earlier than warning

Mainichi:
(1) Dismantling of Takamatsuzuka tomb: Repair and preservation
needed so that we will not regret later
(2) Seibu Lions scandal: Amateur players also responsible

Yomiuri:
(1) Poll on Constitution: Drive to revise top law must stay on
course
(2) Aegis system intelligence: MSDF must not spill the beans

Nihon Keizai:
(1) Lessons from DaimlerChrysler
(2) Take advantage of change in diplomatic environment in Middle
East

Sankei:
(1) Another North Korean abduction of Japanese nationals: Abduction
issue has yet to be resolved
(2) Seibu Lions' shady fund: Professional baseball leagues must
clear up their own houses

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Expansion of baseball backdoor money scandal: Amateur players
must make clean start
(2) Concealing of nuclear plant accidents: Need for perfect safety
measures

Akahata:
Final stage of campaigning for unified local elections: JCP protects
people's lives and livelihoods

3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

Prime Minister's schedule, April 5

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)
April 6, 2007

10:00
Handed official notifications appointing former Mitsubishi
Corporation Vice President Hidetoshi Kamezaki, former Mitsui Ferry
President Seiji Nakamura members of the Bank of Japan Policy Board.

10:27
Met with actress Noriko Sakai and table tennis player Ai Fukuhara,
who serve as goodwill ambassador for the Japan-China cultural and
sports exchange year. Nippon Keidanren Chairman Mitarai, chairman of
the implementation committee of the exchange year, was present.

10:55
Met with State Minister for Innovation Takaichi and Toyota Motors
Chairman Katsuaki Watanabe, chairman of the experts research council
of the IT Strategic Headquarters IT New Reform Strategy Appraisal.

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11:25
Met wit former Prime Minister Nakasone, chairman of the
Parliamentarians' League to enact a new constitution.

14:30
Met with former US Ambassador to Japan Baker.

15:10
Met with State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Ota.

16:15
Met with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Matoba, followed by Cabinet
Intelligence Director Mitani.

17:01
Security Council meeting. Then met with Foreign Minister Aso. Then
IT Strategic Headquarters meeting.

19:10
Returned to the official residence.

4) Abe, Baker agree to strengthen cooperation on North Korea issue

SANKEI (Page 2) (Full)
April 6, 2007

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call from former US
Ambassador to Japan Howard Baker yesterday at the Prime Minister's
Official Residence. Baker expressed his gratitude for Japan having
decided to extend the Iraq Special Measures Law for two years. He
also said, "The United States is interested in possible progress" on
the relationship between Japan and China. Abe then responded:
"Building up concrete bilateral cooperation in a broad range of
areas, we will expand common strategic reciprocal relations."

Abe and Baker shared the view the Japan and the US would strengthen
bilateral cooperation in dealing with the North Korea issue and
cooperate in resolving the abduction issue.

5) LDP lawmakers to lobby against a US house "comfort women"
resolution

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
April 6, 2007

The Parliamentary League to Consider Japan's Future and History
Education (chaired by former Education Minister Nariaki Nakayama), a
group of lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP),
decided to send some members of the league, including Yasuhide
Nakayama, chair of the league's subcommittee, to the United States
before the US House of Representatives takes a vote on a resolution
calling on Prime Minister Abe to apologize for former comfort women.
The purpose of their US visit is to work on congressional members
not to vote for the resolution.

The parliamentary league has been actively calling for a review of
the so-called Kono statement (a government statement issued in 1993
by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono). In order to avoid
affecting Prime Minister's planned tour of the US starting on April
26, members of the league are expected to travel to the US after the
prime minister's visit.

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6) Kyuma to seek information on F-22 for determining next mainstay
fighter

YOMIURI (Page 2) (Excerpts)
April 6, 2007

Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma decided yesterday to ask during the
Japan-US defense ministerial talks to be held in Washington on April
30 for information on the F-22 Raptor, a new US stealth fighter jet,
as a candidate to become Japan's next-generation mainstay fighter
jet. Japan has not been able to obtain information on the F-22
because its exports are prohibited under US law. The defense
minister intends to ask the US to relax its law to provide Japan
with information on the F-22, a promising candidate.

According to the Mid-Term Defense Buildup Program (FY2005-2009), the
Air Self-Defense Force is to procure seven aircraft as the follow-on
model of the F-4 fighter. The Defense Ministry plans to determine
the new model by next summer. Besides the F-22, Japan is studying
six other models as candidates including the Eurofighter that was
jointly developed by four European countries and the F-35 stealth
fighter now under joint development by the United States, Britain
and other countries.

For determining the winner, the Defense Agency needs information on:
(1) operational conditions, (2) detailed capabilities and
characteristics, and (3) a logistical support system involving
military personnel and the maker. Japan has received replies about
three of the six models and has completed field surveys. Surveys
have not been conducted on the remaining three models that include a
model under development. Although the United States is expected to
lift the ban eventually on exporting F-22s, the defense minister has
decided to refer to the model because information on it is not
available at present due to US legal constraints.

7) Police to question MSDF lt. cdr who drafted Aegis data that
leaked out

SANKEI (Top play) (Excerpts)
April 6, 2007

Police authorities, including the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, have
decided to question as early as today a Maritime Self-Defense Force
lt. commander who is believed to have drafted highly confidential
data on the Aegis system that have found their way to a 33-year-old
male MSDF petty officer 2nd class under the command of Escort
Flotilla 1, who took the information out of the office. Police
authorities believe that MSDF personnel, including the petty officer
2nd class, accidentally leaked the data in the process of copying
private files. Accidentally leaking data on the Aegis system that
are classified as special defense secret (tokubetsu bouei himitsu)
is subject to punishment. For this reason, they have recognized the
need to closely question the lt. commander about the process from
how the data was compiled to how they were leaked out.

Undergoing the questioning is a lt. commander in his forties who was
responsible for the management and maintenance of the Aegis system.
According to investigators, the file containing the secret
information bore his name as the creator. The prefectural police
have found out that he is an incumbent lt. commander working at an
SDF facility in Tokyo.

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The leaked information falls under the category of special defense
secret in the Secret Protection Law under the Japan-US Mutual

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Defense Assistance Agreement specifying how confidential SDF
information must be handled. According to the law, such acts as
illicitly detecting, collecting, and leaking information by persons
handling such information in the line of duty could face up to 10
years in prison.

According to the prefectural police, the lt. commander belonged to
the Program Operational Unit responsible for the management and
maintenance of pivotal data on the Aegis system from September 1997
through March 2000. When the system was shifted in March 1998, he
was sent to the US Navy that developed and manufactured the Aegis
system to acquire the necessary operational knowledge.

According to the MSDF and other sources, the lt. commander after
returning from the United States was assigned to a post responsible
for explaining the new system to MSDF maintenance personnel. Police
believe that 800 pages of data that leaked out had been compiled at
that time as a briefing material.

8) MSDF intelligence leak: Data include special defense secrets

ASAHI (Page 38) (Full)
April 6, 2007

An investigation by the Kanagawa Prefectural Police into a case in
which a petty officer 2nd class, 33, who is a crewman assigned to
the destroyer Shiane under the command of Escort Flotilla 1 based in
Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and who took home secret information
on an Aegis ship, found that the leaked information was data
compiled by the program development department as presentation
materials and that the files contained special defense secrets of
more than 10 pages.

According to investigative authorities, the petty officer 2nd class
bought the external hard disk, which contained the information,
three years ago. Regarding the route through which he obtained the
information, the petty officer said that he obtained it from his
colleague. As reasons for obtaining such information, he said that
he wanted to keep the information at hand, as he was interested in
military intelligence on destroyers.

According to the prefectural police, this colleague in his thirties
is not a crewmember of the Shirane. He is not in a position to
access information on Aegis ships. He has reportedly refused to
provide information in voluntary questioning, saying, "I have not
handed such information to anybody."

For this reason, the investigative authorities are cautiously
investigating the case, because the confession by the petty officer
has many ambiguous points.

9) Senior officer creates Aegis files as explanatory materials for
MSDF senior officials around 1998

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 1) (Full)
April 6, 2007

A Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) petty officer second class, 33,
who is a crewman of the destroyer Shirane based at the port of

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Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture, has now been found to have taken
home a floppy disk containing data on records about destroyers and
Aegis vessels. The Defense Ministry classifies such data as
confidential. According to the Kanagawa prefectural police

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yesterday, the data in question was created as explanatory materials
about the renewed Aegis system for MSDF senior officials.

The materials reportedly were created around 1998 by an MSDF
lieutenant commander. The materials are believed to contain highly
confidential information, such as the core part of the Aegis system,

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which is classified as "special defense secrets (tokubetsu boei
himitsu).

In lecturers on the operation of the Aegis system, such explanatory
materials, handled as predesignated secret, are distributed to
senior officials and are collected after the lecture.

In police questioning, the lieutenant commander reportedly said that
he and the petty officer had no connections at work and that he had
received the data in exchanging information with his colleague. But
his explanations have changed again and again. In addition, the
Aegis data was not found in that colleague's personal computer. The
prefectural police and the MSDF Shore Police Command are
investigating the route of the intelligence leak.

10) Abe to strengthen "Japan-US alliance" ahead of his visit to US
by establishing expert panel by end of month to discuss propriety of
use of right to collective self-defense

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Excerpts)
April 6, 2007

Nakahiro Iwata

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday decided to launch by the end of
the month a panel of experts aimed at studying cases relating to the
use of the right to collective self-defense. The United States is
anticipating Japan will authorize the exercise of the right to
collective self-defense as part of its efforts to strengthen the
Japan-US security alliance. The Abe administration also plans to
introduce today in the Diet a bill revising the Security Council
Establishment Law aimed at setting a Japanese-style national
security council (NSC) modeled after the US. Ahead of his planned
visit to the US late this month, Abe is hurriedly paving the way for
Japan to work in much closer cooperation with the US.

Abe has emphasized the need to study the right to collective
self-defense: "We need to rebuild a legal basis for security that
will meet the needs of the times in order to further contribute to
the peace and stability of the world." In essence, his notion comes
to strengthen the Japan-US alliance.

The right to collective self-defense is a right to fight back
against an enemy if an ally comes under attack from that enemy.
Japan is not allowed at present to exercise that right. So, if Japan
is attacked by a foreign country, the US will defend Japan, but
Japan cannot take part in any counterattack if the US is attacked by
another country. Abe's idea is to change this sort of "unilateral"
alliance to a "bilateral" one binding on both sides.

Former Deputy Secretary of State Armitage and other US officials
have also contended: "Japan's ban on the use of the right to

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collective self-defense has shackled the Japan-US alliance."
Pro-Japanese Americans' expectations of Abe allowing the exercise of
that right also have served as encouragement for him to move to do
so.

But the question of allowing the use of the right to collective
self-defense involves a review of the current interpretation of the
Constitution and will be certain to split public opinion. Presumably
for this reason, Abe has until now promoted discussions of the
question in a "quiet manner," but he has now decided ahead of his
planned US visit to make his idea crystal clear and translate it
into action.

By announcing that idea, Abe also aims to make it a campaign issue
in this July's Upper House election. It has long been under taboo to
make the Constitution and security affairs campaign issues, but Abe
is apparently going to demonstrate his imprint without avoiding
subjects that could split public opinion in two.

11) Government to set up panel to review collective defense,
focusing on use of police authority

YOMIURI (Page 2) (Excerpts)
April 6, 2007

The government has decided to set up an expert panel by the end of
this month to discuss four scenarios in connection with exercising
the right to collective self-defense under the current Constitution,
with the aim of reaching a conclusion as quickly as possible. Prime
Minister Abe, before coming into office, insisted on studying the
issue. The government also hopes to underscore its efforts to
enhance the effectiveness of the Japan-US Security Treaty ahead of
the prime minister's planned first visit to the United States
starting on April 26.

The four scenarios under which Japan would be allowed to exercise
the right to collective defense are: (1) Japan intercepts ballistic
missiles heading toward the US under the missile defense (MD)
system; (2) the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) fights back when a naval
vessel navigating along with a Maritime Self-Defense Force warship
is attacked on international waters; (3) SDF troops rush over and
counterattack if troops from another country are attacked in a joint
operation with a common purpose, like reconstruction assistance in
Iraq; and (4) SDF personnel use weapons to remove obstructions to
the execution of their duties in United Nations peacekeeping
operations (PKO).

On the first scenario, US Ambassador Thomas Schieffer urged Japan's
quick response in a press conference last October.

The government cites as the ground for allowing intercepting a
missile "the use of police authority" to "protect the safety of the
people from a dangerous projectile flying above Japan." "Protecting
Japan from enemies" falls under the category of exercising the right
to individual self-defense, so Japan is not allowed to intercept a
missile passing over Japan, because it is unknown where it is
heading. The panel is expected to discuss if "police authority" can
be invoked to shoot down a missile that is apparently heading toward
the US.

In the course of discussing counteractions on international waters
or during Iraq reconstruction aid operations, the government has so

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far interpreted that the use of weapons in the case of SDF troops
being free of risk might be deemed as the exercise of collective
defense and infringe on the Constitution. Even so, there is the view
that in a case where a counterattack by an attacked country is
recognized as legitimate self-defense and is not designated as "the
state of war," SDF troops' use of weapons should be interpreted as
the use of minor self-defense, and not as the use of collective
defense. In the Iraq Reconstruction Assistance Special Measures Law,
SDF members are allowed to use weapons to protect those under the
control of these SDF members, even if they do not take joint action.
An expansion of this scope is also likely to be discussed.

12) Three new-face candidates run in Upper House by-election in
Okinawa and Fukushima

YOMIURI (Page 2) (Full)
April 6, 2007

As of 5:00 p.m. yesterday, the deadline for entry into the
now-announced House of Councillors by-elections in Okinawa and
Fukushima prefectures, three candidates have filed their candidacies
for each by-election. The voting will take place on April 22.

The by-election in Okinawa will be a race among three new-face
candidates backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and
the LDP's junior coalition partner New Komeito, supported by four
opposition parties, Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan), the
Japanese Communist Party (JCP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP),
and the People's New Party, or backed by no parties. The by-election
in Fukushima will be contested by three new-face candidates: one
backed by the LDP, another on Minshuto's ticket, and the remaining
one on the JCP's ticket. In the two races, the ruling and opposition
camps will rock horns. In Okinawa, the candidates -- Yoshimasa
Karimata and Aiko Shimajiri who have set up their own political
organizations -- are backed by political parties.

The two elections will take place to fill Upper House seats that
fell vacant after two Upper House members ran in the gubernatorial
elections last November. All the more because the outcome of the two
races will affect the setting of the lower threshold for victory in
this summer's Upper House election, political parties intend to make
all-out efforts for the two Upper House by-elections.

13) Tokyo gubernatorial race: Ishihara still lead other candidates

MAINICHI (Page 1) (Excerpts)
April 6, 2007

The Mainichi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based poll of voters in
Tokyo on April 4-5 and also interviewed voters to probe public views
on the Tokyo gubernatorial election as campaigning entered the final
stage. Like the results of the previous survey on March 31 and April
1, incumbent Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, 74, has an edge on all other
candidates. However, former Miyagi Gov. Shiro Asano, 59, has
slightly boosted his support rate. Of the respondents, 77%, up four
points from the previous poll, said that they would definitely go to
the voting, which will take place on April 8. The figures showed the
growing public interest in the race.

14) Poll: 46% in favor of constitutional revision

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Abridged)

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April 6, 2007

A total of 46% favor revising Japan's postwar constitution, while
39% do not, the Yomiuri Shimbun found from its recent face-to-face
nationwide public opinion survey conducted March 17-18. Those for
constitutional revision outnumbered those against it for the 15th
straight year. However, the proportion of pro-revision respondents
dropped 9%age points from last year's survey. It declined for the
third year in a row. Meanwhile, the proportion of anti-revision
respondents increased 7 points from last year.

15) JCCI President Nobuo Yamaguchi urges quick progress of Japan-US
FTA talks

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 9) (Full)
April 9, 2007

Commenting on a possible impact of the conclusion of the US-South
Korea free trade agreement (FTA) talks, Japan Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (JCCI) President Nobuo Yamaguchi during a press
conference yesterday noted, "Japan will be slightly disadvantaged in
trade with the US. Industry circles want the government to promptly
promote FTA talks, including talks with the US." He thus called for
an early conclusion of a Japan-US FTA.

He then said: "FTAs will have a major impact on Japanese
agriculture. However, looking to 20-30 years ahead, it will not be
good to continue the current protective policy based on high
tariffs. It will be in the interests of Japan to make a plan quickly
and implement countermeasures."

Kakutaro Kitashiro, director of the Japan Association of Corporate
Executives (Keizai Doyukai), has also expressed concern about the
US-South Korea FTA, "It will have an impact on Japan's
export-oriented industry, such as the electric and auto
industries."

Touching on the issue of reforming the public servant system,
Yamaguchi insisted, "Amakudari (literally "descent from heaven" or
government bureaucrats' post-retirement practice of moving into
public corporations or private businesses) that leads to influence
peddling must be eliminated, but competent human resources must be
used. I am concerned that rushing to reform the system may have an
adverse effect on Japan."

16) Japan-US expert meeting on gas field development

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)
April 6, 2007

Tokyo and Beijing will hold a technical experts meeting in Beijing
starting this afternoon to discuss joint development of natural gas
fields in the East China Sea. Shin Hosaka, director of the Petroleum
and Natural Gas Division of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency,
and others will take part in the meeting from the Japanese side.
Participants will pursue boiling-down talks with Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao's visit to Japan scheduled close at hand for Apr. 11.

SCHIEFFER

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