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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Unrest in Tibet

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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 - UNREST IN TIBET


1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Wednesday morning
included the largest opposition party's decision to
reject the GOJ's second nominee for governor of the
Bank of Japan.

2. "Hu Government to Be Tested over Tibet Unrest"
Business-oriented Nikkei editorialized (3/19): "The
government of Hu Jintao began its second term following
the recent reelection of President Hu and Premier Wen
Jiabao, setting forth into a situation in which China's
international reputation has been damaged by the unrest
in Tibet.... The Beijing government under the
leadership of Hu and Wen should be fully aware that the
international community is closely watching China. The
Hu administration should immediately take measures to
realize democratization, including freedom of speech
and press."

3. "China Should Not Close Door to Dialogue" The
liberal Asahi's editorial said: "...Complicated issues,
such as freedom of religion and autonomy for Tibetans,
as well as the economic disparities between Tibetans
and ethnic Chinese, lie behind the recent unrest. It
will be impossible for the Beijing government to put
down the protests only by force while refusing
dialogue.... It is necessary for China to clarify what
has happened in Tibet and to hold a serious dialogue
with Tibetans in order to reach a peaceful solution....
There is a wide gap between the Chinese authorities and
the Tibetan government in exile over such issues as the
number of casualties. The actual situation in Tibet is
unknown, as foreigners have been kept out of the
region. China should accept international investigators
if it claims that things have returned to normal in
Tibet."

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