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Cablegate: Japan Welcomes Asia Democracy Partnership

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SUBJECT: JAPAN WELCOMES ASIA DEMOCRACY PARTNERSHIP

1. (SBU) Summary: In a July 17 meeting with Deputy Special
Envoy Christian Whiton, MOFA Regional Policy Division
Director Kazutoshi Aikawa indicated initial support for the
proposed Asian Democracy Partnership while saying that GOJ
deliberations were ongoing and that they would provide a list
of questions shortly. He stressed that aid coordination and
focused projects would make the Partnership useful. End
Summary.

2. (SBU) While in Japan to discuss broadcasting issues,
Deputy Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea
Christian Whiton met July 17 with MOFA Policy Division
Director Kazutoshi Aikawa concerning the Asian Democracy
Partnership (ADP). Whiton provided a recap on the design and
goals of the ADP, and updated GOJ officials on recent
developments. Whiton also differentiated the ADP from the
proposed Quad and the Partnership for Democratic Governance.

ADP a Venue for Aid Coordination
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3. (SBU) Aikawa said that Japan generally welcomes the ADP.
He noted that after 60 years of being a model democracy,
Japan was ready to be more forthcoming in promoting democracy
in Asia. Aikawa stated that Japan views the ADP as a venue
for aid coordination, which should start with small focused
projects. He also recommended a "low profile" role for the
U.S. and Japan in the ADP to avoid appearing "high handed."

4. (SBU) Aikawa asked if the ADP would be considered a
"subsidiary" to other democratic associations and added
strongly that the GOJ would like to see the ADP as a
substantive stand-alone organization that would "do real
things." One way to do this, Aikawa suggested, was by
organizing projects that promote transparency, alleviate
social inequalities, fight corruption or organize elections
in countries such as Indonesia. He also stressed that when
promoting democracy, the issue of religion needs to be
included and carefully addressed.

Future Steps
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5. (SBU) Aikawa asked if the U.S. was really serious about
the ADP initiative. He pressed the notion that the U.S.
needs to prove its commitment to other potential ADP
countries. Aikawa also recommended that the USG explain to
China in the near future why it is excluded from the ADP.

6. (SBU) Whiton stated that the ADP has support at senior
levels of the USG and that U.S. view of the ADP was largely
consistent with Japan's. Responding to Whiton's question on
next steps for ADP development, Aikawa advocated for a
meeting of mid-level officials including potential
participating countries. This meeting should take place in a
developing country in the Asian region, Aikawa said,
mentioning Indonesia as a possibility. The GOJ will compile
a list of questions concerning the ADP and transmit it to the
U.S. soon, Aikawa stated.
SCHIEFFER

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