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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Burma

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PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - BURMA


1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Monday morning included
China's fivefold increase in exports over the past six
years since its accession to the WTO in 2001.

2. "Empty Promise of Democracy Will Not Work" The
liberal Asahi editorialized (2/24): "Burma's military
government has announced that it will establish a new
constitution and call a general election in 2010. Under
ordinary circumstances, we would have welcomed this as
a step toward democracy. However, there are too many
problems with Burma's plans.... Burma was the subject
of harsh international criticism following its bloody
crackdown on monks who had been staging antigovernment
rallies. The Burmese government's announcement appears
to be aimed at reducing the international pressure....
The military government should immediately release
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of a national
referendum in May in order to create an environment
where the opposition is free to campaign. If the
government fails to do so, it will inevitably be
criticized for holding a sham election. Such an
election is unacceptable as a democratic procedure.
Concern about Burma's path toward democracy was
expressed at an ASEAN foreign ministerial. The
international community, including the UN and Japan,
needs to increase its commitment to the nation."

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