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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - East Timor

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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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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - EAST TIMOR


1. LEAD STORIES: Several Thursday morning papers front-
paged the announcement by the Financial Services Agency
that the total losses incurred by Japanese financial
institutions from the subprime loan crisis came to
about 600 billion yen as of the end of last year.
Ambassador Schieffer's separate meetings on Wednesday
with Foreign Minister Koumura and Okinawa Governor
Nakaima on the alleged sexual assault by an
Okinawa-based Marine also received front-page coverage.


2. "Attack Reflects Difficulty toward True
Independence" The liberal Tokyo Shimbun editorialized
(2/14): "East Timor President Horta was wounded in an
assassination attempt at home. The shooting came
despite the continuing UN peacekeeping operation in the
country. The international community must step up its
engagement in the country, which is still at an early
stage of nation-building.... Given that domestic
security is closely related to the state of the
economy, the international community should take note
that police activities alone are not enough to improve
the situation in East Timor. Japan in particular needs
to help that country increase its industrial output and
promote employment."

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