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Cablegate: Daily Summary of Japanese Press 05/01/07

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SUBJECT: DAILY SUMMARY OF JAPANESE PRESS 05/01/07


INDEX:

(1) Prime Minister Abe offers oil storage to Saudi Arabia

(2) Japan-US foreign ministerial meeting: Aso, Rice agree "patience
is not limitless" toward North Korea; If North does not carry out
commitment, pressure will be applied

(3) Gist of Japan-US foreign ministerial meeting

(4) Meeting of Japanese, US defense chiefs: Revision of Futenma
relocation plan will not be allowed; US side asks for intelligence
protection

(5) Uranium diplomacy makes major achievement: Memorandum with
Kazakhstan; Japan secures supply more than half the amount it
imports a year

(6) DPJ's Edano issues anti-Ozawa statement on lack of
constitutional debate since he became party head

(7) Tomita memorandum commission issues verification report
reconfirming Showa Emperor's dissatisfaction with enshrinement of
Class-A war criminals, and citing it as first class documentation of
Showa Period history

(8) Editorial: Collective defense-Panel's conclusion preordained

(9) TOP HEADLINES

(10) EDITORIALS

(11) Prime Minister's schedule, April 26 & 27

ARTICLES:

(1) Prime Minister Abe offers oil storage to Saudi Arabia

ASAHI (Page 1) (Full)
April 30, 2007

Riyadh, Naoto Maeda

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Riyadh with Saudi Arabian King
Abdullah on the evening of April 28 (early on April 29, Japan time).
During the meeting, Abe proposed that Saudi Arabia use part of the
government's oil storage tanks on Henza Island (in Uruma City,
Okinawa Prefecture). Abdullah told Abe that Saudi Arabia would
examine the proposal through consultations.

The oil storage proposal is aimed to deepen Japan's interdependence
with Saudi Arabia, which is Japan's largest oil supplier, and ensure
a stable oil supply. Saudi Arabia also would benefit from the
arrangement since it will be possible for the country to transport
oil to Asian countries in a couple of days.

The government is considering letting Saudi Arabia use part of the
storage facilities on Henza Island linked to the mainland Okinawa by
road. According to the government, of the stockpile for 90 days that
the International Energy Agency requires of its members, 5.25
million kiloliters of oil, or an amount equivalent to 10 days of
Japan's consumption, would be stored mainly on Henza Island.


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The Japanese government has noted that if Saudi Arabia stores oil in
Japan for commercial use, that amount would be added to Japan's
stockpile that the IEA requires. The government is determined that
Japan is inescapably tied to Saudi Arabia in terms of energy
security.

Since Okinawa is closely located to other East Asian countries, the
Resources and Energy Agency said, "Saudi Arabia will be able to have
a new storage facility from which it can transport oil in two to
three days to the Asian region - it now takes 21 days. It will be
possible to transport it to the West Coast of the United States in a
week." So Tokyo has judged that both countries will benefit.

Attending the meeting includes also Fujio Miterai, chairman of the
Japan Business Federation, which has sent a 180-member delegation
accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is now on a tour of five
Middle Easter countries. After the meeting, Abe and Abdullah
released a joint statement focusing on the setting up of joint
taskforce of high-level officials from the government and private
sector to promote investments by the two countries, as well as on
the strengthening of political dialogue of senior officials.

(2) Japan-US foreign ministerial meeting: Aso, Rice agree "patience
is not limitless" toward North Korea; If North does not carry out
commitment, pressure will be applied

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Full)
Eve., May 1, 2007

By Shuhei Kuromi in Washington

Foreign Minister Aso held an approximately 45 minute meeting with US
Secretary of State Rice at the State Department on the evening of

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April 30 (morning of May 1, Japan time). The two agreed that if
North Korea does not carry out "first stage measures," such as
shutting down its nuclear facility at Yongbyon, as promised in
February at the six-party talks, "our patience is not limitless, and
we should the heighten pressure is need be."

In that respect, the foreign minister after the meeting told the
press corps: "There was talk between Prime Minister Abe (and
President Bush) that if an answer (from North Korea) is not
forthcoming at all in several days, additional sanctions might be
taken." He revealed that additional sanctions were being considered
toward North Korea.

The secretary in the meeting confirmed the position that on the
issue of removing North Korea from the list of terrorist-supporting
countries, consideration would be given to the Japanese abduction
issue. Foreign Minister Aso transmitted his government's plan to
expand "several fold" assistance to Pakistan over the 200 million
dollars provided during the last fiscal year in order to rebuild the
border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is considered a
hot-house for terrorist organizations.

(3) Gist of Japan-US foreign ministerial meeting

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
Eve., May 1, 2007

The following is a gist of the meeting between Foreign Minister Aso
and US Secretary of State Rice that occurred on April 30:


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North Korea problem

Both officials: North Korea must implement the first stage of
measures as quickly as possible. Our patience is not limitless. If
need be, we would then heighten pressure.

Foreign Minister Aso: I would like to confirm the words that
President Bush told Prime Minister Abe that in removing North Korea
from the list of terrorist-supporting states, consideration would be
given to the abduction issue.

Secretary Rice: I confirm that he said that.

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Climate change

Both officials: (This part of the (joint statement of the Japan-US
summit meeting was a important result, and it must be followed up.

War on terror

Foreign Minister Aso: We will greatly increase assistance to
Pakistan, which is on the frontline in the war on terror.

Both officials: It is a common challenge that the US and Japan must
cooperate on.

China

Foreign Minister Aso: The visit to Japan of Premier Wen was
successful. We now would like to further improve Japan-China
relations. We will work on China to play an even more constructive
role in the international community.

(Takuzo Tanaka in Washington)

(4) Meeting of Japanese, US defense chiefs: Revision of Futenma
relocation plan will not be allowed; US side asks for intelligence
protection

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Full)
Eve., May 1, 2007

Yoshifumi Sugita in Washington

In his meeting with Japan's defense minister on the morning of April
30 (Late evening in Japan), Secretary of Defense Gates made this
statement about the issue of relocation the US Marine Corps' Futenma
Air Station (Ginowan City in Okinawa): "It is important that we not
change even one part of last year's roadmap (for implementing US
force realignment, as agreed to by the US and Japanese governments).
We must implement it as is." He sought to check the moves of local
governments that seek a revision of the Japan-US agreement to
construct a V-shaped runway on the coastline of Camp Schwab (Nago
City, same prefecture), the site for the relocation.

In response, Defense Minister Kyuma stated: "In accordance with the
agreement with the US, we will implement the relocation and
reversion as quickly as possible, while obtaining the understanding
of the local communities."

The Defense Secretary, turning to the incident in which a Maritime
Self-Defense Force seamen took out secret data on the Aegis vessel,
pointed out: "The protection of secrets is not just a challenge for

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the Defense Ministry, it is something that the entire Japanese
government must tackle. It is not just the Aegis: in addition to
going ahead with US-Japanese cooperation on the next-generation
mainstay fighter and missile defense (MD), the key also is to
discuss the finer subtleties of intelligence." He strongly urged the
Japanese government to strengthen its system for protecting secrets.
The defense minister apologized for having caused concerns.

On the other hand, the defense minister asked for information to be
provided on such aspects of the F-22 Raptor as its capabilities and
equipment. The F-22 is the US forces' most recent Stealth aircraft,
which has become subject to testing as the next generation mainstay
jet aircraft of choice. Secretary Gates said, "We are prohibited by
law from sales of the F-22, but he added, "From the standpoint of
roles and mission capabilities of the US and Japan, it is worth
considering." He suggested that the idea would be considered. The US
Air Force has temporarily deployed F-22s to Kadena Air Base in
Okinawa, and on April 27, the aircraft carried out joint drills with
Air Self-Defense Force aircraft.

(5) Uranium diplomacy makes major achievement: Memorandum with
Kazakhstan; Japan secures supply more than half the amount it
imports a year

YOMIURI (Page 9) (Full)
May 1, 2007

Astana, Kazakhstan, Chiaki Toyoda

The visit to Kazakhstan by a joint delegation of Japanese government
officials and private companies resulted in 24 memos on Apr. 30,
which is a major achievement in terms of energy security. In
particular, it is significant that the delegation was able to secure
uranium more than half the amount Japan imports a year. Close
cooperation between government and the private sector will become
the key to smooth fulfillment of the contracts. Private companies,
such as Tokyo Electric Power Co. Itochu Corp. and Marubeni Corp.
have exchanged five memos for development of uranium mines and 10
memos for the purchases of uranium with Kazatomprom, a national
atomic company, and other companies.

Long-term import contracts for uranium imports come to 1,600 tons a
year. In addition, Japan has obtained the right to secure 3,000 tons
of uranium a year through the securing of stake in development of
uranium concentrate. Since there appears to be no need to import all
of 4,600 tons, chances are that trading companies will sell surplus
uranium to foreign countries.

Japan's nuclear power generation accounts for 31% of its total
electric power generation. The international price of uranium for
fuel use went up in April this year 16 times the level of the end of
2000. This is attributable to a sharp increase in demand for energy
in China and India. Strengthening ties with Kazakhstan, whose
uranium reserves rank second in the world, is a step forward for
Japan to secure stable supply of uranium supplies.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Amari on Apr. 30 stated, "We
can expect that imports of uranium from Kazakhstan will rise from
the current 1% to 30% -40%." Akira Yokota, vice president of Itochu
Corp., who signed a memo in Kazakhstan highly praised the government
effort noting, "We can do business with Kazakhstan with security, as
there was backing from the government."


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It will be necessary for the government to consolidate rules for
smooth fulfillment of contracts and a framework for monitoring such
a process.

Japanese companies had no choice but to substantively curtail its
stake in the Sakhalin 2 project, a Russian project to develop crude
oil and natural gas in Russia. In order not to make the same
mistake, Nippon Export and Import Insurance, an independent
administrative agency, signed a memo to simplify loan insurance
policy Japan will take out when they obtain stake in Kazakhstan.
This will provide the Japanese government grounds for intervening in
the event of the Kazakhstan refusing to fulfill contracts, citing
the possibility of the state-run insurance agency suffering from
damage.

The government also intends to look into the possibility of the
governments of both countries establishing a point of contact for
settling possible disputes between their respective companies.

The Foreign Ministry yesterday released that it decided to launch
talks with Kazakhstan to sign a nuclear power agreement. Kazakhstan
is strongly urging Japan to transfer its advanced nuclear-related
technology to it. Such an agreement will eliminate the need to
obtain a commitment from Kazakhstan not to proliferate the
nuclear-related technology transferred by Japan each time such a
transfer takes place.

(6) DPJ's Edano issues anti-Ozawa statement on lack of
constitutional debate since he became party head

YOMIURI (Page 4) (Excerpts)
April 29, 2007

On April 28, at a special forum of the Yomiuri International
Conference to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the promulgation
of the Constitution, Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party of Japan
(DPJ or Minshuto), who chairs the party's Constitutional Research
Council, commented on the party's inability to reach a revised
agreement with the ruling parties on the national referendum bill to
set procedures for amending the Constitution. He severely criticized
party head Ichiro Ozawa, saying, "The responsibility lies in Prime
Minister Abe and President Ozawa."

Edano had in mind the revision talks that were promoted by Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP) Lower House Constitutional Research Special
Committee Director Funada and others, but which were thrown aside at
the last stage. His comment was filled with chagrin: "Persons who
had not listened to the debate on the floor of both sides (the LDP
and DPJ) made uncalled for remarks. I am not only referring to those
on the other side (LDP). Since the two major parties will fight for
control of the government, the approaches of the LDP president and
the DPJ president and others are that they must place top priority
on winning the next election. Such persons cannot form an agreement
since the Constitution is connected."

Moreover, he stressed: "As long as the pattern of Prime Minister Abe
versus President Ozawa continues, it is inevitable that the
situation will continue of (not being able to amend the
Constitution). If we quickly change the party heads, I expect the
condition will exist of our being able to have proper debate on the
Constitution, together with Funada and the others."

He continued: "Cabinet ministers, and politicians who aim to become

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party heads, as well as politicians who engage in fishy business
should have nothing to do with the Constitution. I think I will
separate myself from constitutional work for awhile."

On the other hand, regarding Prime Minister Abe's making
constitutional revision a campaign issue in this summer's Lower
House election, Edano was critical, saying: "His statement making
constitutional reform a campaign issue in the summer election was a
nuisance. If it becomes an issue in the election campaign, we will
have to stress our differences (on constitutional issues). That is
why we will not be able to work with the LDP (on amending the
Constitution)."

(7) Tomita memorandum commission issues verification report
reconfirming Showa Emperor's dissatisfaction with enshrinement of
Class-A war criminals, and citing it as first class documentation of
Showa Period history

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 1) (Excerpts)
May 1, 2007

The Tomita memorandum research committee is a panel of outside
experts set up last year by the Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha to look into
the Tomita memos (diary and notebooks) that were left behind by the
late Asahiko Tomita, former Grand Chamberlain in the Imperial
Household Agency. The committee issued its final report on April 30.
The committee starting last October met a total of 11 times to
verify the authenticity of the entire collection of memos. As a
result, the panel has given the collection high marks, stating:
"These are valuable documents for research into the history of the
Showa Period, being one of a few written records from a top official
of the Imperial Household Agency whose point of view is different
from the released documents of lesser officials, such as their
diaries, of which there have been a relatively large number until
now."

In particular, with respect to the statement of displeasure by the
Emperor of the enshrinement of Class-A war criminals, as reported by
this newspaper last July, the report reached the conclusion: "Even
comparing this to other materials and records, the factual material
matches, so there can be no other conclusion reached except that the
Emperor was displeased."

(8) Editorial: Collective defense-Panel's conclusion preordained

ASAHI (Page 3) (Full)
April 27, 2007

This is a race in which the winner has been decided on before the
start.

Prime Minister Abe has set up an advisory panel to study the right
of collective self-defense. The panel is called the "Council for
Rebuilding the Legal Foundation of Security." Its 13 members are all
alike in their positive views about allowing Japan to exercise the
right of collective self-defense.

The panel is expected to come up with a report in the fall of this
year. We can see the report's wording that stands for exercising the
right to collective self-defense.

The prime minister has advocated breaking away from Japan's postwar
regime. For him, the government's constitutional

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interpretation-which has prohibited Japan from participating in
collective self-defense-is probably one of the nation's "taboos to
be broken away from," as well as the Constitution and the Basic
Education Law before its amendment.

Prime Minister Abe, in his book published three years ago, held a
dialogue with one of the panel's members, Hisahiko Okazaki, former
ambassador to Thailand.

Abe: "A military alliance is a blood alliance. If Japan comes under
attack from a foreign enemy, America's young people will shed blood.
However, if we interpret the Constitution as we do now, Japan's
Self-Defense Forces will not shed blood when America is attacked."

Okazaki: "The court didn't decide to interpret that way. That's not
written in the Constitution, either. Simply, that's just what
government bureaucrats said. So the prime minister has only to say
in the Diet, 'Japan has the right, so Japan can do so.'"

Among others on the panel, there are also some people who have made
similar remarks. In 2001, for example, Kyoto University Professor
Hiroshi Nakanishi was summoned to a hearing of the House of
Councillors Research Committee on International Affairs. Nakanishi
stated before the committee: "The government has been taking the
position that Japan will not exercise the right to collective
self-defense. This is based on the government's way of reading and
interpreting the Constitution. In the eyes of foreign countries,
Japan appears selfish. They may think Japan will not commit itself
to any critical security issues while shrinking from danger and that
Japan is only looking after its economic interests."

Indeed, there is also such a view. However, Japan is vested with the
right of collective self-defense but is constitutionally not allowed
to exercise the right. This has been the government's consistent
view. Many experts also embrace it.

However, the panel is just a gathering of specific-minded people. It
will wrap up its discussions in only several months to alter the
government's interpretation. Such an overbearing and one-sided way
of doing things cannot be allowed.

Upon screening and selecting members for the panel, the prime
minister is said to have referred to an advisory panel that was set
up for the Nakasone cabinet and paved the way for Prime Minister
Nakasone at the time to pay homage at Yasukuni Shrine.

On that panel, however, was Takeshi Umehara, a philosopher, and some
other scholars who were opposed to or cautious about the prime
minister's Yasukuni homage. In the end, the panel worked out a
report describing minority views as well. Umehara later recalled:
"There were opinions from comparatively many people against it.
One-third of that panel's members were negative. I think its members
were selected in a very fair way."

All the more because the problem is difficult, the prime minister
should listen to the various opinions of experts so as not to err in
his judgment. That is the very purpose of advisors to the leader of
a country.

The panel set up this time makes no sense. The prime minister should
immediately think twice about his picks for the panel.

Is the prime minister otherwise saying those disagreeing with him

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have no knowledge and he will not recognize them as knowledgeable
persons?

(9) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi:
National Police Agency to offer rewards up to 3 million yen for
information on suspects in heinous crimes

Mainichi, Yomiuri & Sankei:
In poll, 70% see it necessary to review law that assumes baby born
within 300 days after divorce as belonging to former husband

Nihon Keizai:
Hitachi, Denso to offer auto repair services, given increasing
computer-controlled parts

Tokyo Shimbun:
System to watch for abnormal behavior installed for first time in
font of JR Kashiwa Station

Akahata:
LDP in process of forming timetable for constitutional revision

(10) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) 20th anniversary of assault on Asahi Shimbun Hanshin branch
office: Press never gives way to terrorism

Mainichi:
(1) Lake Toya Summit: Discuss environmental issue on vast stage of
nature
(2) Party leaders should hold debate early to demonstrate
capabilities

Yomiuri:
(1) Don't allow high technologies to flow out, but don't hinder
foreign direct investment
(2) Don't forget what purpose biofuel is used for


Nihon Keizai:
(1) Make use of M&As: Both offensive, defensive forces should ask
for views from shareholders

Sankei:
(1) Swiftly resolve difficult tasks and set up medical incident
study group
(2) Revised child-abuse prevention legislation is "lifeline" for
infants

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) What we can learn from Iraq war 60 years after enactment of
Constitution

Akahata:
(1) 78th May Day: Let's protect our livelihood and Constitution by
presenting common demands

(11) Prime Minister's schedule, April 26 & 27

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)

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April 28, 2007

April 26

Noon
Met at US Congress with House Speaker Pelosi and other officials.

Afternoon
Visited US soldiers wounded in Iraq. Offered flowers at Arlington
National Cemetery. Arrived at Blair House.

Evening
Attended dinner party hosted by President Bush and his wife. Stayed
at Blair House.

April 27

Morning
Summit with Bush at Camp David.Held joint press meeting with Bush.

Prime Minister's schedule, April 27 & 28

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)

April 29, 2007

April 27

Noon
Had lunch with President Bush at Camp David.

Afternoon
Visited National Memorial for Japanese-Americans. Held informal
meeting with former JET program members at Japanese Embassy in
Washington, along with his wife Akie.

Evening
Left Andrews Air Force Base on government plane.

April 28

Morning
Arrived at Saudi Arabian Air Force Base in Riyadh. Attended
welcoming ceremony. Attended banquet hosted by Crown Prince Sultan.
Arrived at Guest House.

Evening
Attended Japan-Saudi Arabia economic seminar. Held informal meeting
at the official residence of the Japanese Ambassador with Japanese
business leaders. Returned to Guest House.

Prime Minister's schedule, April 28 & 29

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)

April 30, 2007

April 28

Evening
Attended banquet hosted by King Abdullah at King's Palace in Riyadh.
Arrived at Guest House and stayed there.


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April 29

Morning
Departed from Riyadh Air Force Base on government plane. Arrived at
Abu Dhabi International Airport. Attended welcoming ceremony.
Visited the late President Zayid's grave.

Afternoon
Met with EAU President Khalifa. Attended luncheon hosted by the
president. Encouraged MSDF personnel. Attended economic seminar at
Emirates Palace Hotel.

Evening
Met with Crown Prince Mohammed. Attended banquet hosted by the crown
prince.

Prime Minister's schedule, April 29 & 30

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)

May 1, 2007

April 29

Evening
Stayed at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

April 30

Morning
Visited Japanese school in Abu Dhabi. Left Bateen Airport by
helicopter. Arrived at heliport of Zaabil Club. Met at Zaabil Palace
with Prime Minister Mohammed.

Afternoon
Attended luncheon hosted by Mohammed at Burj al-Arab Hotel. Left
heliport at Dubai Police Academy. Arrived at Abu Dhabi International
Airport. Departed the airport on government plane. Arrived at Kuwait
International Airport. Attended welcoming ceremony.

Evening
Met with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah at his private residence.

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