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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - War On Terror; Apec

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - WAR ON TERROR; APEC


LEAD STORIES: Top stories this morning included a
decision on Monday by the government of Japan to submit
new legislation in the current Diet session to extend
the MSDF refueling operation in the Indian Ocean.

1. "Six Years After 9/11: Unity Against Terrorism Still
Needed" The conservative Sankei editorialized (9/11):
"Six years have passed since 9/11.... Not only
Americans but people the world over remember the shock
of that day. There is as yet no end in sight to the
fight against terrorism.... Is there no way to stop the
violence and bloodshed? The will of the international
community to eradicate terrorism is being tested six
years after 9/11.... The US has at times acted on its
own since that day, and its mishandling of the
situation in Iraq has widened the gap between
Washington and Europe and the UN. The US, however, is
now focusing on international cooperation.... There is
a long way to go before terrorism is eliminated. It is
a fact, however, that anger over the spread of
terrorism is growing in both developed and developing
nations irrespective of religion and culture. The
international community must not miss this opportunity
and must strengthen unity."

2. "APEC Agreement on Energy Conservation" The top-
circulation, moderate Yomiuri editorialized (9/11):
"Although APEC was able to set a minimum numerical
target for curbing greenhouse gases, the debate among
APEC members illustrated the difficulty in convincing
developing countries to take part in measures to fight
global warming.... There is growing competition between
the US and Europe over leadership in the creation of a
post-Kyoto framework. While the US only wants to set
energy-conservation goals in order to urge developing
nations to take part, the EU wants to directly control
CO2 emissions. To be effective, any new framework must
include the US, China, and developing nations, and the
creation of one will top the agenda at next year's G-8
summit."

SCHIEFFER

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