Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 05/23/08

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1) Top headlines
2) Editorials
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule (Nikkei)

New "Fukuda Doctrine":
4) Prime Minister Fukuda in landmark foreign policy speech lays out
new comprehensive approach to Asia (Nikkei)
5) Gist of Fukuda's foreign policy speech (Yomiuri)
6) Prime Minister Fukuda in foreign policy speech draws a line with
the previous administration's stances (Tokyo Shimbun)
7) Fukuda in policy speech aims to reverse the tide against his
administration (Yomiuri)
8) METI minister stresses that economic / environmental community
will be centered on Japan, ASEAN (Nikkei)

9) Secretary Rice, Foreign Minister Koumura discuss the North Korea
issue in a telephone conversation (Nikkei)
10) Now there are two competing parliamentary policy groups in the
Diet that take opposing stands, hardliners vs. conciliators (Asahi)

11) Senior Foreign Ministry official says Six-Party Talks likely to
restart next month (Asahi)
12) South Korean official: Japan not opposed to U.S. removing North
Korea from list of countries sponsoring terrorism (Asahi)

13) Ambassador Schieffer to golf with Aso, other LDP bigwigs

14) Ainu group demonstrates, calls of government to grant them
"indigenous rights," based on UN declaration (Asahi)

15) Ruling parties complete draft bill that would toughen the Child
Pornography Law by making simple possession a punishable crime

Defense affairs:
16) National Defense University head Iokibe present private proposal
for reforming the Defense Ministry (Yomiuri)
17) Yamada Corp. former head Miyazaki tells Upper House committee he
gave 100 million yen to defense procurement fixer Akiyama (Yomiuri)

18) Ruling parties boycott Upper House committee session that heard
testimony by Yamada Corporation's former head Miyazaki (Asahi)

19) Former Prime Minister Koizumi, DPJ's Kan give stumping speeches
in Tokyo (Tokyo Shimbun)



TEPCO increases quake intensity limit at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear
plant by five times

Mainichi: Sankei:
Wooden strips inscribed with poetry from Manyoshu found

Yomiuri: Tokyo Shimbun:

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Education Ministry eyes increasing number of teachers by 25,000 in
five years, to cope with increased classes;

Prime minister proposes disaster, disease prevention network in Asia
in readiness for new strains of flu

Scandal involving Defense Ministry: "I felt pressure form former
Defense Minister Kyuma," testifies Miyazaki, former senior managing
director of trading house specializing in military procurement


(1) Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant: Estimated intensity limit has
been reversed
(2) Space development plan: Eliminate waste, secure transparency

(1) Summoning of former senior managing director of trading company
specializing in military procurement: Now it is time for Kyuma to
(2) Relocation of Tsukiji Market to Toyozu: Food safety cannot be

(1) Crude oil price reach highest reaches peak: Find breakthrough
with energy-conservation aid
(2) Baby hatch: Increase consultation centers

(1) How can new Fukuda Doctrine be optimized?
(2) Defense Ministry reform plan devoid of its initial intention

(1) Permanent law on SDF dispatch: Rush to map out outline during
current Diet session
(2) Consumer affairs agency: Priory should be given to efficacy
instead of organizational theory

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Economic slowdown: Strength and identity needed in overcoming
(2) Defense Ministry reform: Military interest left unquestioned

(1) Doshu or regional bloc system: Proposed road map will to destroy
local autonomy

3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

Prime Minister's schedule, May 22

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Met at the Kantei with Vice Health, Labor and Welfare Minister
Edogawa, Social Insurance Agency Director General Banno, and
Internal Affairs Ministry Administrative Evaluation Bureau Director
General Seki.

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Met LPD Administrative Reform Promotion Headquarters chief Chuma,
Secretary General Miyazawa, and others. Later met Economic and
Fiscal Policy Minister Ota, with Assistant Deputy Chief Cabinet
Secretary Saka present. Ota stayed behind.

Met Internal Affairs Minister Masuda and Decentralization and Reform
Promotion Committee Secretary General Miyawaki. Masuda stayed
behind. Followed by Assistant Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary

Had lunch with reporters assigned to the Prime Minister's Office.

Met Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers members who just returned
to Japan and others, with Japan International Cooperation Agency
President Sadako Ogata present. Followed by finance Minister

Met Education Minister Tokai and Vice Minister Zeniya, with Chief
Cabinet Secretary Machimura present. Later met LDP Parliamentary
League to Consider Measures to Boost Schools' Quake Resistance
Chairman Kawamura and others.

Met President of Laos Choummaly.

Attended a meeting of ministers responsible for producing monthly
economic reports.

Attended a banquet of an international conference "Asia's Future" at
the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

Returned to his official residence.

4) Fukuda proposes building network to prepare for new strains of
influenza in Asia

NIKKEI (Top Play) (Excerpts)
May 23, 2008

Prime Minister Fukuda revealed in a speech at a banquet of an
international conference yesterday the nation's new diplomatic
doctrine based on increased cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region
and an initiative to build a network with nations outside the
region. He proposed an initiative to build a network involving
emergency aid agencies and research institutes to better prepare for
disasters and pandemics in Asia. As a countermeasure against new
strains of influenza, the government plans to double its financial
aid to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make it
possible to stock Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs for one million

In the speech titled: "Toward the day when the Pacific Ocean becomes
an inland sea - five commitments to Asia as our partner," Fukuda

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proposed removing the mental barrier existing between the East and
the West. He reiterated the need for the countries along the Pacific
Ocean to take down fences and promote cooperation. The prime
minister also expressed Japan's willingness to seek boundless
possibilities with its friends in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new diplomatic doctrine looks back over the Asian situation
developed since his father, the late Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda,
announced the Fukuda Doctrine in 1977. The concept, which can even
be called "the new Fukuda doctrine," calls for promoting a resonance
diplomacy that places emphasis on both the Japan-U.S. alliance and
relations with Asia. It also stressed the stance of viewing the
economic growth of China and India as giving a good opportunity for
the countries in the region to strengthen collaboration, and not as
a threat to them.

Fukuda presented the priority areas Japan should address in order to
promote regional cooperation as five commitments. The five are: (1)
Absolutely support ASEAN's efforts to build a community; (2)
strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance; (3) make Japan a peace-fostering
nation; (4) beef up human exchanges; and (5) fight climate change.
Regarding the Japan-U.S. alliance, Fukuda emphasized a common asset
for the Asia-Pacific region. He indicated his willingness to promote
regional cooperation based on the alliance.

Five commitments cited in Fukuda's speech

(1) To absolutely support ASEAN's efforts to build a community by
establishing a representative of Japan to ASEAN in the near future.
(2) To reinforce the Japan-U.S. alliance to make it as an instrument
of stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
(3) To make Japan a peace-fostering nation by quickly building a
network to better prepare for disasters and pandemics in Asia.
(4) To build infrastructure to promote intellectual and generational
exchanges, significantly expanding exchanges between college
students, with those in Europe as a model case.
(5) Fight climate change, offering cooperation to realize a
low-carbon society.

5) Gist of Asia policy speech by Prime Minister Fukuda

YOMIURI (Page 4) (Full)
May 23, 2008

The following is a gist of an Asia policy speech delivered by Prime
Minister Yasuo Fukuda on May 22:


Japan will firmly support ASEAN's effort to establish a community by
2015. The government will appoint an ambassador and permanent
representative of Japan to ASEAN after the association's charter
comes into force. Japan will endeavor to eliminate economic
disparities in Asia over the next 30 years.

Strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance

Japan will strengthen its alliance with the United States a common
asset in the Asia-Pacific region. The Japan-U.S. alliance signifies
a stabilizer in the region.

Peace-fostering nation

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Japan will endeavor to bring about peace as a peace-fostering
nation. Pursuing disaster cooperation diplomacy, Japan will work
closely with other countries' emergency relief organizations in the
wake of a major disaster. Japan will expedite the effort to
establish an Asia disaster and epidemic prevention network, with
measures against an avian influenza in mind.

Youth exchanges

Japan will make efforts to significantly expand inter-college
exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region.

Climate change

Japan will make efforts to swiftly reach an agreement on a
Post-Kyoto framework, as well as to realize a low-carbon society.

6) Prime minister's Asia policy follows Fukuda doctrine; Draws line
from previous administration

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Abridged slightly)
May 23, 2008


Policy toward Asia, announced yesterday by Prime Minister Yasuo
Fukuda who attaches importance to Asia, will become a pillar to
realize his objective of turning Japan into a peace-fostering

He has defined ASEAN as Japan's partner. Expanding the focus from
Southeast Asia to the Asia-Pacific region, he has also defined China
and Russia as Japan's partners.

In Manila in 1977, his father, the late Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda,
set out the so-called Fukuda doctrine to forge new relations with
Southeast Asian nations as allies on an equal footing. The prime
minister's speech yesterday can be called a new doctrine that has
inherited the spirit of the original Fukuda doctrine.

The prime minister used to say this about the Fukuda doctrine: "It
has beautifully accomplished its historical mission. We have to
respond to the demands of the new age." It has been about 30 years
since the Fukuda doctrine was delivered. Looking at the next 30
years, the prime minister, too, vowed to make efforts to eliminate
disparities in Asia.

Advocating diplomacy based on common values, such as freedom,
democracy, and basic human rights, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
aimed at enhanced cooperation between Japan, the United States,
Australia and India. The policy direction intended to apply pressure
on China and Russia forced the two countries to increase their
guards against Japan.

The new doctrine seemingly intended to make a clear distinction with
the diplomatic principles of the previous administration.

7) Prime minister also aims to turn around situation

YOMIURI (Page 2) (Abridged slightly)
May 23, 2008

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The "new Fukuda doctrine," announced yesterday by Prime Minister
Yasuo Fukuda, is the epitome of enhanced relations with Asia based
on the idea of synergy of the Japan-U.S. alliance and Asia

The prime minister has indicated to his aides that the word
"doctrine" does not quite fit in describing his speech. It has been
approximately 30 years since his father, the late Prime Minister
Takeo Fukuda, unveiled the so-called Fukuda doctrine, vowing to
contribute to the peace and prosperity of Southeast Asia. The prime
minister, who thinks that Japan shares the same perspective with
other Asian nations in view of the changes in the political and
economic situations in the region since then, apparently did not
like the word "doctrine" that sounds like Japan is looking down on

At the same time, the prime minister, who is suffering from
dwindling approval ratings, apparently wanted to turn around the
situation with his foreign policy speech that emphasized relations
with Asia, his forte. His vision to enhance cooperation with Pacific
Rim countries, including the United States and Russia, clearly shows
his determination to turn around the situation. The true worth of
the "new doctrine" will be tested through the government's efforts
to establish an international emergency aid system in the wake of
the 2004 Sumatra tsunami disaster, measures against an avian
influenza, closer cooperation between Japan, China and South Korea,
and other pressing issues.

8) Asian community initiative in economic, environmental fields,
based on Japan-ASEAN cooperation

NIKKEI (Page 1) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Minister Akira Amari at the
international exchange conference "The Future of Asia" held talks
with visiting Vietnamese Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang.
With the United Economies and Environment of Asia Initiative, the
showcase of the economic growth strategies, which the government
will reveal in June, in mind, Amari during the meeting pointed out,
"Japan's helping the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
settle its environmental and energy issues and being involved in
such a process would boost the Japanese economy." He thus indicated
his desire to make cooperation with ASEAN the center of the drive to
realize the initiative.

Touching on the earlier bilateral agreement on nuclear energy
development, Amari stressed that Japan's energy-conserving
technology is prominent in the world. He also noted that Japan's
contribution to such areas as addressing concerns about power supply
and peaceful use of nuclear energy is high.

Hoan during an interview with the Nikkei after the talks expressed
earnest expectations for an early signing of an economic partnership
agreement with Japan. He sought Japan to open its labor market,
including the acceptance of Vietnamese nurses and attorneys, an
issue which some disagree with on the Japanese side. He urged Japan
to make concessions on the matter, noting, "There are few remaining
problems. As for the rest, we will make a political judgment."

9) Koumura, Rice hold telephone conversation

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NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura held a telephone discussion with
U.S. Secretary of State Rice yesterday evening. According to a
Japanese official, Koumura and Rice confirmed that Japan, the United
States, and other countries concerned would work on North Korea to
declare its nuclear programs at an early date. The two also agreed
to work together for progress on pending issues between Japan and
North Korea, including the issue of Japanese abductees.

10) Two parliamentary leagues on diplomacy toward DPRK established,
as if playing respective roles of the "North Wind and Sunshine"

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Two parliamentary leagues, whose positions are opposite to each
other in terms of diplomacy toward North Korea, were established
yesterday. One is the supraparty Parliamentary League to Promote
Diplomatic Normalization between Japan and North Korea, which aims
to send a delegation to North Korea. The other is the League to Move
Cautiously in Diplomacy toward North Korea, a group of lawmakers
from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) calling for a
hard-line policy toward North Korea. These two groups appear to
serve respectively as "the North Wind and the Sunshine" of North
Korea policy.

The supraparty parliamentary league's meeting drew some 40 lawmakers
from the LDP, its junior coalition partner New Komeito, the major
opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Japanese Communist
Party (JCP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the People's New
Party. The chairperson is former LDP Secretary General Taku
Yamasaki, with advisors' posts assumed by DPJ Deputy President Naoto
Kan, New Komeito Deputy Representative Junji Higashi, and SDP
President Fukushima. In the meeting, Yamasaki said: "Nearly six
years have passed since the issuance of the Japan-North Korea
Pyongyang Declaration. Five former abductees and their family
members have returned home, but no progress has been seen on other
pending issues. We want to give the government a boost from the
standpoint of legislators' diplomatic efforts."

Meanwhile, the LDP's league, launched yesterday by six lawmakers,
including House of Representatives member Hakubun Shimomura and
House of Councilors member Ichita Yamamoto, held a session on the
same day, inviting Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kyoko
Nakayama to the session. The group declared that it would prioritize
"pressure" on North Korea in order to resolve the abduction issue.
After the meeting, Yamamoto tried to forestall the moves by the
supraparty parliamentary league, saying, "We want to drive a wedge
into any quick move for diplomatic normalization."

11) Senior MOFA official: Six-party talks "may be restarted next

ASAHI (Page 8) (Full)
May 23, 2008

A senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
yesterday revealed the outlook that six-party talks on the North
Korean nuclear issue would be resumed possibly in June. The official

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referred to the possibility that North Korea would present a
declaration of its nuclear programs to the six-party host nation
China later this month or early June. Chances are increasing that
the international effort to address the issue of denuclearize the
Korean Peninsula, which has been stalled for more than six months,
will again start to move.

A high-level official, who confirmed that Assistant Secretary of
State Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim
Kye Gwan would meet in Beijing possibly next week, noted: "If the
meeting goes successfully, the six-party talks could be restarted
sometime in June."

The United States is expected to begin the procedures to remove
North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism once North
Korea's declaration is judged as being "complete and accurate."
Meanwhile, the Japanese government's position is that it is
undesirable to delist North Korea before the abduction issue is
resolved. If the U.S. delists the North in the current situation, it
would deal a blow to the Fukuda administration. A senior Foreign
Ministry official implied that Japan was working on the U.S. behind
the scenes not to delist it.

12) ROK official: "Japan will not oppose" delisting DPRK as state
sponsor of terrorism

ASAHI (Page 8) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Yoshihiro Makino, Seoul

A South Korean government official yesterday mentioned the
trilateral meeting held in Washington on May 19 among Japanese,
U.S., and South Korean chief delegates to the six-party talks on the
North Korean nuclear issue and indicated that Japan had begun to
soften its attitude. The official noted: "Japan expressed concern
about (America's possible removal of North Korea) from the list of
state sponsors of terrorism, but it did not voice opposition to

13) Koizumi, ex-LDP execs to play golf with U.S. envoy

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and two former secretaries
general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Taro Aso and Hidenao
Nakagawa, will play golf tomorrow with U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Schieffer in Yamanashi Prefecture. Seishiro Eto, who is close to
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, called on the ambassadors to Japan of
the Group of Eight (G-8) member nations in an aim to enliven the
mood of friendship toward this July's G-8 summit conference that
Japan will host at Lake Toya in Hokkaido.

14) Ainu stage protest, seeking indigenous rights

ASAHI (Page 33) (Full)
May 23, 2008

The Hokkaido Utari Association, the largest Ainu ethnic
organization, headed by Tadashi Kato, yesterday handed to Chief
Cabinet Secretary a petition calling on the government to recognize

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them as indigenous people, as well as to set up in the Prime
Minister's Official Residence (Kantei) an informal panel of experts
to discuss the rights of the ethnic group. There is a move to adopt
a Diet resolution advocating the respect of ethnic rights. The
government intends to establish the requested expert panel if the
Diet adopts such a resolution. Yesterday the Utari group staged a
protest around the Diet building.

A nonpartisan group of Diet members also took part in the protest
demonstration yesterday. The parliamentary group is expected to
draft by May 23 a Diet resolution to recognize them as indigenous
and respect them. Shizuka Kamei of the People's New Party and Social
Democratic Party head Mizuho Fukushima newly joined the group.

15) Ruling bloc's bill to impose harsh punishment on simple
possession of child pornography

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Kunio Katsumata

The project team on child pornography (headed by Mayumi Moriyama) of
the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition
partner New Komeito yesterday finalized a bill amending the Law for
Punishing Acts Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.
The bill aims to impose harsher punishment, and in principle bans
"simple possession," meaning the act of individuals collecting and
possessing child pornography. If individuals possess child
pornography to satisfy their sexual desires, the bill imposes a jail
term of up to one year or a fine of up to one million yen.

In the case of images being sent unilaterally, no punishment will be
imposed. The bill says the punitive measures will be applied one
year after the amendment takes effect.

The amendment obligates Internet providers to cooperate with
investigative agencies and make efforts to take measures to prevent
(child pornography) from being posted on websites. However the
amendment forgoes a measure to prohibit simple possession of
cartoons and animated cartoons depicting child pornography and a
measure to cut off access to child pornography websites. These
measures are left to be discussed in the future.

Like the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which has
already worked out a bill amending the Law for Punishing Acts
Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, including
adding changes to the definition of child pornography, the ruling
bloc also intends to submit its bill to the current session of the
Diet, but as both bills are wide apart in contents, it appears
difficult for both bills to be enacted into law during the current
Diet session.

16) Iokibe presents own proposal for Defense Ministry overhaul

YOMIURI (Page 4) (Full)
May 23, 2008

A government panel to discuss how to reform the Defense Ministry met
at the prime minister's office on May 21, and one of its members,
National Defense Academy President Makoto Iokibe, revealed there
that he had submitted his own plan for a reform of the Defense

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Ministry. This fact became known yesterday. Iokibe insists on
maintaining the framework of the Defense Ministry's internal bureaus
and the Joint Staff Office as well as the Ground, Maritime, and Air
Self-Defense Forces' respective staff offices. The Iokibe plan holds
the line against the Defense Ministry's reform plan. Iokibe is one
of Prime Minister Fukuda's advisers on foreign and security affairs.
His plan will likely affect the panel in its discussions from now

The panel's discussion on a reform of the Defense Ministry is now
being focused on what to do about the current setups of the Defense
Ministry's internal bureaus and the SDF's staff offices. In this
respect, Iokibe clearly describes that the Defense Ministry should
basically retain its current organizations, adding that the Defense
Ministry should involve its civilian officials and the SDF's
uniformed staff officers in its policymaking process.

17) Ex-defense contractor exec admits 100 million yen payoff to

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Full)
May 23, 2008

The House of Councillors yesterday summoned Motonobu Miyazaki, 69, a
former managing director of Yamada Corporation, a trading firm
dealing in defense equipment, to testify as a sworn witness before
its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee over a corruption case
involving the Defense Ministry for its acquisition. Miyazaki has
been charged with bribery and other crimes. In his Diet testimony,
Miyazaki admitted to his payoff to Naoki Akiyama, 58, a former
managing director of the Japan-U.S. Center for Peace and Cultural
Exchange. A Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office taskforce has
been investigating Akiyama on suspicion of violating the Income Tax
Law (tax evasion).

Miyazaki, according to his Diet testimony, was asked by Akiyama to
defray 100 million yen in order for Yamada Corp. to deal with
fishery cooperatives and gangsters over its contract to dispose of
poison gas shells in the port of Karita in Fukuoka Prefecture, and
he did so. In January this year, Akiyama was summoned to testify
before the committee. At the time, Akiyama denied receiving the

Miyazaki also stated that Yamada Corp. had annually paid 100,000
dollars (approx. 11 million yen) to Addback International
Corporation, a U.S. business firm, as a basic consultant fee.
Akiyama was an advisor to that firm. In addition, Miyazaki also
revealed that Yamada Corp., asked by Akiyama, paid 100,000 dollars
to the Council for National Security, a U.S. nonprofit organization.
Akiyama was on the board of CNS directors.

Meanwhile, Miyazaki admitted that he was with Finance Minister
Nukaga at a bar in Tokyo's Akasaka. However, Nukaga has denied it.

18) Ruling parties boycott Upper House committee on bribery scandal
involving Defense Ministry

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 23, 2008

The House of Councillors' Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
yesterday summoned as a sworn witness Motonobu Miyazaki, the former

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managing director of defense equipment trader Yamada Corp. who has
been accused of bribery involving the Defense Ministry over the
procurement of defense equipment. While he was testifying, members
of the ruling parties boycotted the session. The ruling camp opposed
allowing media organizations to tape or take still images at the
session on the grounds that such actions would infringe on the
witness' human rights. The opposition bloc, however, gave the
permission by taking a vote, urging that the media should be allowed

Diet testimony is held based on an agreement between the ruling and
opposition camps. The Diet Testimony Law stipulates that whether to
allow the media to tape or take still images at a session is
determined after hearing the witness' view. Therefore, Miyazaki
conveyed to Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Toshimi
Kitazawa his view that he did not want the media to have access.
However, the gaps between the ruling and opposition camps remained

After the testimony, asked about why his party allowed the media to
tape or take still images, Keiichiro Asao, chief committee member of
the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), said in a strong tone: "Showing
the session to the public in a timely manner is the responsibility
of politics." Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Upper House Diet
Affairs Committee Chairman Seiji Suzuki protested to Upper House
President Satsuki Eda, arguing: "I am highly indignant at today's
testimony session, which failed to protect human rights."

19) Sparks fly in campaign speeches in Lower House Tokyo No. 5
constituency; Koizumi: "DPJ opposes everything;" Kan: "Koizumi
should explanations about new health insurance system for people
aged 75 and over"

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Full)
May 23, 2008

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a member of the ruling
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
Deputy President Naoto Kan yesterday set off sparks in Meguro Ward,
Tokyo, where they delivered speeches to encaurage those planning to
run in the Tokyo No. 5 electoral district contest of the next House
of Representatives election.

In front of the Jiyugaoka station, Kan assumed the stance of facing
down (Koizumi), saying: "I've heard that Mr. Koizumi will come to
Meguro. So, I cannot miss this opportunity."

Moreover, referring to the new health insurance system for those
aged 75 and older, Kan stressed:

"When Mr. Koizumi was prime minister, this system was adopted in the
face of strong resistance by the DPJ. Why don't we ask him to come
here and explain the reason why he introduced this health insurance

Meanwhile, Koizumi gave a speech in a public facility in Meguro
Ward. Avoiding referring to the new medical service system for the
elderly, he just criticized the DPJ, saying:

"Since the DPJ has come closer to assuming the reins of government,
they have begun talking about unreasonable things. They will oppose
everything until the next Lower House election is held."

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