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Cablegate: Corrected Copy: Request to Engage Japan On

O 261310Z JUN 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO PAGE 02 STATE 068633 261308Z
USMISSION USNATO IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 068633


E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/19/2018
TAGS: PREL SMIL MARR MOPS NATO AF AS CA GM IT FR JA
SUBJECT: CORRECTED COPY: REQUEST TO ENGAGE JAPAN ON
CONTRIBUTIONS TO AFGHANISTAN SECURITY

REF: A. TOKYO 1464 B. TOKYO 1593 C. SECDEF DTG 031932Z JUN 08 D. TOKYO 1623 E. TOKYO 1657

Classified By: EAP Acting A/S Glyn Davies for Reason 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (U) This is an Action Request, please see paragraph 3.


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Background
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2. (C) The Government of Japan (GOJ) is actively
considering possible contributions to support NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) security
operations in Afghanistan (REFS A-E). A GOJ survey team
traveled to NATO SHAPE on 30 May, and to Afghanistan and
neighboring countries from 9-16 June, to collect facts on
ISAF needs. COMISAF and ISAF Regional Commanders told the
survey team that the most critical ISAF requirements that
Japan could address were airlift (especially CH-47s for
medium/heavy lift or medevac missions) and leading a
Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Daykundi or Nimruz
provinces. Other possible contributions include fixed-wing
(C-130) or intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
(ISR) assets. The GOJ is divided over how to proceed, with
some factions interested in minimum and limited
contributions. As the GOJ considers the findings from the
survey team, it will be important for the U.S. and other
international stakeholders in the Afghanistan mission to
maintain a common front in urging substantive - not token -
Japanese contributions. The upcoming G8 Foreign Ministerial
Meeting and Summit in Japan provide the best opportunities to
highlight the importance of Japanese participation in
Afghanistan at the most senior levels and influence Japanese
decision-making. The action request below provides points
for G8 members and other international stakeholders to engage
their GOJ counterparts on this important issue.


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Talking Points
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3. (C) ACTION REQUEST: Posts are requested to convey the
following points and report reaction back to the Department
by June 25.


FOR OTTAWA, PARIS, BERLIN, ROME, AND LONDON: Embassies are
requested to convey the below points to their host-country
foreign ministries at the highest appropriate level.

-- The Government of Japan (GOJ) is actively considering
possible contributions to support NATO-led International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) security operations in
Afghanistan.

-- A Japanese survey team visited NATO SHAPE on 30 May, and
Afghanistan and neighboring countries from 9-16 June, to
collect facts on ISAF needs.

-- Japanese CH-47 rotary-wing assets could help fill a
critical ISAF shortfall for medium/heavy-lift and medevac
operations. Japan could also lead a Provincial
Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Daykundi or Nimruz provinces,
where there is currently no ISAF presence.

-- The U.S. has urged the GOJ to consider substantive - not
token - security contributions, commensurate with its status
as a G8 nation.

-- Japan doing more in Afghanistan is in the best interest
of both your government and ours. However, Japan's political
environment will make it difficult for the GOJ to commit to a
substantive contribution. It will therefore be important for
international stakeholders in the Afghanistan mission to
maintain a common front in urging a substantive Japanese
contribution.

-- The upcoming G8 Summit in Japan provides an opportunity
for us to highlight the positive impact a substantive
Japanese contribution would bring to the security environment
in Afghanistan.

-- At the June 26-27 G8 Foreign Ministers, meeting in
Kyoto, please consider emphasizing to Japan Foreign Minister
Koumura the importance of substantive Japanese security
contributions to ISAF and Afghanistan.

-- Please also consider conveying to the Ambassador of Japan
the importance of substantive Japanese security contributions
to ISAF and Afghanistan, and reinforcing the message through
your Embassy in Tokyo.

FOR KABUL: Request Embassy convey points below to Afghan
Foreign and Defense Ministries at the highest appropriate
level, and to National Security Adviser Rassoul.

-- The Government of Japan (GOJ) is actively considering
possible contributions to support NATO-led International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) security operations in
Afghanistan.

-- A Japanese survey team visited NATO SHAPE on 30 May, and
Afghanistan and neighboring countries from 9-16 June, to
collect facts on ISAF needs.

-- Japanese CH-47 rotary-wing assets could help fill a
critical ISAF shortfall for medium/heavy-lift and medevac
operations. Japan could also lead a Provincial
Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Daykundi or Nimruz provinces,
where there is currently no ISAF presence.

-- The U.S. has urged the GOJ to consider substantive - not
token - security contributions, commensurate with its status
as a G8 nation.

-- Japan doing more in Afghanistan is in the best interest of
both your government and ours. However, Japan's political
environment will make it difficult for the GOJ to commit to a
substantive contribution. It will therefore be important for
international stakeholders in the Afghanistan mission to
maintain a common front in urging a substantive Japanese
contribution.

-- Please consider conveying to the Ambassador of Japan the
importance of substantive Japanese security contributions to
ISAF and Afghanistan, and reinforcing these messages with
partner ambassadors in Kabul.

FOR CANBERRA: Request Embassy convey points below to Foreign
and Defense Ministries at the highest appropriate level:

-- The Government of Japan (GOJ) is actively considering
possible contributions to support NATO-led International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) security operations in
Afghanistan.

-- A Japanese survey team visited NATO SHAPE on 30 May, and
Afghanistan and neighboring countries from 9-16 June, to
collect facts on ISAF needs.

-- Japanese CH-47 rotary-wing assets could help fill a
critical ISAF shortfall for medium/heavy-lift and medevac
operations. Japan could also lead a Provincial
Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Daykundi or Nimruz provinces,
where there is currently no ISAF presence.

-- The U.S. has urged the GOJ to consider substantive - not
token - security contributions, commensurate with its status
as a G8 nation.

-- Japan doing more in Afghanistan is in the best interest of
both your government and ours. However, Japan,s political
environment will make it difficult for the GOJ to commit to a
substantive contribution. It will therefore be important for
international stakeholders in the Afghanistan mission to
maintain a common front in urging a substantive Japanese
contribution.

-- Please consider conveying to the Ambassador of Japan the
importance of substantive Japanese security contributions to
ISAF and Afghanistan, and reinforcing the message through
your Embassy in Tokyo.

FOR USNATO (POINTS REL NATO) : Request Chief of Mission
convey points below to NATO Secretary General (SYG):

-- The Government of Japan (GOJ) is actively considering
possible contributions to support ISAF security operations in
Afghanistan.

-- A Japanese survey team visited NATO SHAPE on 30 May, and
Afghanistan and neighboring countries from 9-16 June, to
collect facts on ISAF needs. In Afghanistan, the team met
with COMISAF, COM RC-SOUTH, COM RC-NORTH, and officials from
RC-EAST.

-- Japanese CH-47 rotary-wing assets could help fill a
critical ISAF shortfall for medium/heavy-lift and medevac
operations. Japan could also lead a Provincial
Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Daykundi or Nimruz provinces,
where there is currently no ISAF presence.

-- The U.S. has urged the GOJ to consider substantive - not
token - security contributions, commensurate with its desire
to strengthen its relationship with NATO.

-- Japan doing more in Afghanistan is in the best interest of
all coalition partners. However, Japan,s political
environment will make it difficult for the GOJ to commit to a
substantive contribution. It will therefore be important for
international stakeholders in the Afghanistan mission to
maintain a common front in urging a substantive Japanese
contribution.

FOR TOKYO: Request Embassy convey points below to Ambassador
of Afghanistan to Japan:

-- The Government of Japan (GOJ) is actively considering
possible contributions to support NATO-led International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) security operations in
Afghanistan.

-- A Japanese survey team visited NATO SHAPE on 30 May, and
Afghanistan and neighboring countries from 9-16 June, to
collect facts on ISAF needs.

-- Japanese CH-47 rotary-wing assets could help fill a
critical ISAF shortfall for medium/heavy-lift and medevac
operations. Japan could also lead a Provincial
Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Daykundi or Nimruz provinces,
where there is currently no ISAF presence.

-- The U.S. has urged the GOJ to consider substantive - not
token - security contributions, commensurate with its status
as a G8 nation.

-- As you know, Japan,s political environment will make it
difficult for the GOJ to commit to a substantive
contribution. It will therefore be important for
international stakeholders in the Afghanistan mission to
maintain a common front in urging a substantive Japanese
contribution.

-- Please consider conveying to the Government of Japan the
importance of substantive Japanese security contributions to
ISAF and Afghanistan, and reinforcing the message with
partner ambassdors in Tokyo.

4. (U) This message has been coordinated with DOD.
Questions concerning this action request can be directed to
Dr. Jason Hamm, OSD Country Director for Japan, at
Jason.hamm@osd.smil.mil, (703) 614-2897; and to Mr. David
Schlaefer, State Political-Military Affairs for Japan, at
SchlaeferDA@state.sgov.gov, (202) 647-2914.

RICE

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