Cablegate: Daily Summary of Japanese Press 06/10/08

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(1) No room for N. Korea's nuclear possession: Schieffer (Sankei)

(2) Interview with Kent Calder -- New U.S. administration will deal
with Futenma flexibly (Ryukyu Shimpo)

(3) Government, ruling coalition may extend current Diet session for
a week; DPJ to submit censure motion against Fukuda to Upper House
tomorrow (Nikkei)

(4) Ruling parties lose majority in Okinawa assembly: Calls for
forgoing Lower House dissolution gain ground due to setback from new
health care plan for elderly; DPJ looking to submit censure motion
against prime minister (Tokyo Shimbun)

(5) Civil service reform law: Skepticism about feasibility of
abolishing career bureaucrat system, disclosure of contacts between
politicians and bureaucrats; Unified job referral center for
retiring bureaucrats (Mainichi)

(6) Fukuda's Kantei and Sichuan earthquake (Part B): Inside story on
aid to China after quake; Prime minister: "China accepted Japanese
relief teams because of the bilateral summit"; Top leaders close,
administrative-level immature; Government fixated on human
assistance (Mainichi)

(7) Fukuda's Kantei and Sichuan earthquake (Part C): Inside story on
aid to China after quake; Confusion resulted from shift in Japan's
request from in or near a hospital before deployment to field
hospital-style activities after arriving in Sichuan (Mainichi)



(10) Prime Minister's schedule, June 8 & 9 (Nikkei)


(1) No room for N. Korea's nuclear possession: Schieffer

SANKEI (Page 7) (Full)
June 10, 2008

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Schieffer met yesterday for a session with
Japanese reporters, during which he referred to the issue of North
Korea's nuclear declaration. "The U.S. government cannot accept a
partial solution that would leave room for North Korea's nuclear
possession," Schieffer said. "President Bush takes the position that
North Korea will have to scrap all its nuclear programs to
denuclearize the Korean Peninsula," he added. On this issue, there
are reports that the U.S. government is prepared to delist North
Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in return for that country's
ambiguous nuclear declaration. However, Schieffer denied such a

Meanwhile, Japan and the United States have agreed to realign U.S.
forces in Japan. In this regard, Schieffer touched on the fact that
the planned relocation of Futenma airfield has been substantially
falling behind schedule. "If the momentum for the U.S. military's
realignment is lost," he said, "that's a matter of concern." He

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urged Japan to "push ahead with the realignment process immediately"
from a broader perspective in order to modernize the Japan-U.S.
alliance for the 21st century and alleviate Okinawa's base-hosting

Ambassador Schieffer also referred to the U.S. presidential election
campaign, in which the two major political parties have now decided
on their candidates. "International order is now being redefined
around the world," Schieffer said, noting that the philosophical
difference between the center left and the center right will be
important. "I think it will be a very close race," he added.

(2) Interview with Kent Calder -- New U.S. administration will deal
with Futenma flexibly

RYUKYU SHIMPO (Page 2) (Full)
June 10, 2008


Kent Calder, who is director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for
East Asian Studies and a well-known Japan expert, gave an interview
to the Ryukyu Shimpo in Tokyo on June 9. In the interview, Calder
discussed his analysis of the current situation and outlook on the
relocation of Futenma Air Station.

-- An effort to iron out differences in views between Tokyo,
Washington, and Okinawa over the relocation of Futenma Air Station
has bogged down.

"If the United States is convinced by the terms and conditions
presented by Okinawa and if the whole matter begins to move forward
as a result, that would be more rational."

-- The United States seems to adamantly refusing Okinawa's call for
moving the relocation site into the ocean.

"The United States will soon have a new administration. Truly
resolving the Futenma issue under a new administration would be
extremely important for U.S.-Japan relations."

-- Will (the United States) remain interested in the Futenma
relocation issue even if a Democratic administration replaces the
Republican administration?

"It is about time that the Democratic Party begins considering
Okinawa policy. In my impression, (the Democratic Party) does not
have a strong vision yet. Nevertheless, (former Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense) Curt Campbell knows the progress well because
he is one of the members who drew up the 1996 Futenma relocation

"The United States has said that it would not allow the relocation
site (to be moved into the sea) even by an inch. Probably those who
held talks (with Japan) personally do not want to see the plan
altered. The standpoints of the consul general and the Foreign
Ministry are understandable. But the new administration would not
feel responsibility there.

-- Can (the new administration) overturn what was decided by its

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"In view of the credibility of the United States, (the new
administration) will probably not make major changes, but if changes
are necessary in order to realize the plan, it would implement (the
plan) flexibly."

"The Japanese political scene is also fluid nationally. If (Japanese
politics) is thrown into turbulence as a result of the next general
election, the government would not be able to advance the relocation
plan proactively. Nothing would move forward until the United States
has a new President."

-- It has been 12 years since the reversion (of Futenma Air Station)
was decided in 1996. What are the main factors that prevented the
matter from moving forward?

"I am really surprised that nothing has moved forward. I wonder what
the U.S.-Japan alliance is all about. Basically, enhancing functions
at the same place would draw less opposition than relocation. But in
the case of Futenma, it has to be closed down and that would cause
some problems. The relocation plan must be the choice that benefits
Okinawa. The fact that the 1996 plan is not designed to benefit
Okinawa fully is a point of reflection. It is favorable to major
Japanese shipbuilders. Consideration for the environment is another
point. An environmental impact assessment must be conducted fully."

-- What would unfold after the new administration is established (in
the United States)?

"The 2009 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum will be
held in Singapore. The new U.S. President will attend it. Chances
are high that the new President will stop over in Japan (on his
Singapore tour). That will be a good sign for U.S.-Japan relations.
It would be very good to make administrative moves ahead of the
visit to Japan by the new U.S. President."

"The national political scene does not often show a new development,
so it can be called a (the chance) in decades. The new U.S.
administration should make its pragmatic choice of the Futenma issue
a first step to U.S.-Japan relations."

(3) Government, ruling coalition may extend current Diet session for
a week; DPJ to submit censure motion against Fukuda to Upper House

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
June 10, 2008

With the June 15 closing of the current Diet session just around the
corner, there is surge in a mood of confrontation between the ruling
and opposition parties. The ruling coalition intends to extend the
ongoing session for about a week should the main opposition
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) fail to agree to the handling of
treaty-related bills, deliberations on which have been bogged down
in the House of Councillors. The DPJ has taken a position of
submitting to the Upper House on June 11 a censure motion against
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. The opposition therefore will unlikely
respond to deliberations after the motion is approved in the upper
chamber. There is a strong mood in the largest opposition party that
any easy concession would put it at a disadvantage.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Diet Affairs Committee Chairman
Tadamori Oshima and his DPJ counterpart Kenji Yamaoka faced each

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other in a Diet building room last evening. The two gathered to
deliberate on the handling of such treaty-related bills as one on an
economic partnership agreement (EPA) between Japan and the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

As a condition for responding to the handling of the treaty-related
bills before the end of the current regular session, Yamaoka
demanded that Naoki Akiyama be summoned to testify as a witness
before the Diet over a bribery scandal involving former Vice Defense
Minister Takemasa Moriya. Oshima, however, rejected the demand,
saying: "(Are you all right if) the session is extended?"

Toshimi Kitazawa of the DPJ chairs the Upper House Committee on
Foreign Affairs and Defense, which deliberates on the treaty-related
bills. In opposition to the absence of ruling coalition members in a
testimony session on May 22 by Motonobu Miyazaki, the committee has
not begun deliberations even on the EPA bill. Yesterday, Oshima and
Yamaoka held four meetings, but they failed to reach an agreement.
They forwent today's discussion.

LDP Upper House Chairman Hidehisa Otsuji told the press last night:
"If the session is not extended, it will be difficult" to get Diet
approval of the treaty bills that the government and ruling camp
wish to enact during the current session. The reason is that since
the DPJ has now assumed a stance of confronting the ruling camp, it
is indispensable for the ruling bloc to lay the groundwork for
enacting necessary bills and treaty-related bills.

DPJ Secretary General Yukio Hatoyama yesterday told the press corps:
"Even if the session is extended, we have no intention to change our
action." Last evening, Deputy President Naoto Kan, Upper House
Chairman Azuma Koshiishi, and Yamaoka reaffirmed in a meeting that
their party would submit a censure motion on June 11 to the Upper
House. The DPJ, however, intends to forgo submitting a no-confidence
motion against the cabinet to the Lower House. DPJ President Ichiro
Ozawa told reporters in Niigata: "A censure motion (against the
prime minister) is the same as a no-confidence motion against the
cabinet." Hatoyama clearly stated: "We will not respond at all to
any deliberations at least in the Upper House" if the censure motion
is adopted (in the upper chamber). Last night, a senior DPJ member
also took a stance of not responding to deliberations on a bill
abolishing the new health insurance system for those aged 75 and
older, which has been forwarded to the Lower House, unless the
ruling coalition pledges passage of the bill.

The DPJ has judged that the wind appears to be blowing favorably for
it as seen in the fact that the ruling camp lost its majority in the
June 8 Okinawa prefectural assembly election due to opposition
against the new health insurance scheme for the elderly. The view is
gaining ground in the ruling parties that the legislation to scrap
the new medical insurance system should be left on the shelf so that
the Lower House can continue deliberations. As it stands, the ruling
and opposition camps have now assumed the stance of facing down each
other. The outlook is that the handling of such bills as one to
provide relief to the victims of the Tokyo subway sarin gas incident
caused by Aum Shinrikyo cult will be pushed ahead with. The Diet
affairs committee chairmen of the ruling and opposition parties, in
a meeting yesterday, reached an agreement on a policy of enacting as
early as possible bills that are needed for the daily lives of
people, as well as for humanitarian purposes.

(4) Ruling parties lose majority in Okinawa assembly: Calls for

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forgoing Lower House dissolution gain ground due to setback from new
health care plan for elderly; DPJ looking to submit censure motion
against prime minister

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Full)
June 10, 2008

The ruling parties in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, which
support Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, lost their majority in the
prefectural assembly election on June 8. Opinions in favor of
forgoing a dissolution of the Lower House for a snap election have
gained ground in the ruling camp, with many acutely feeling a
backlash from the newly adopted public health insurance scheme for
elderly people aged 75 or older. On the other hand, the Democratic
Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) is receiving a boost for its plan
to submit a censure motion against Prime Minister Fukuda.

Of 48 assembly seats up for grabs, the opposition bloc garnered 26,
while the ruling camp secured 22. Incumbent Lower House members'
terms of office expire in September next year. With public support
ratings for the Fukuda cabinet remaining sluggish, many ruling party
members had been of the opinion that a dissolution of the Lower
House should be put off as long as possible. Then the ruling parties
were defeated in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly election. It is
believed that the negative reaction of the elderly, the LDP's
support base, to the new health care scheme was the major reason for
the defeat. It is now clear that there is no chance of the ruling
parties winning a Lower House election under the present

Many ruling party lawmakers on June 9, the day after the election,
said that Prime Minister Fukuda would not be able to dissolve the
Lower House for the time being.

The government and the ruling parties plan to map out a plan to
improve the management of the public health insurance system before
the end of the week. However, as LDP Election Committee Chairman
Makoto Koga told reporters, "Elderly people are angry that the
government does not care about them. The issue has become a matter
of feelings instead of the specifics of the policy." There is no
prospect of the ruling camp regaining support from the elderly.

Four opposition parties have in a sense obtained an endorsement from
voters on their scenario of using a bill to abolish the system to
corner the Fukuda administration. In particular, the DPJ is moving
toward the submission of a censure motion against the prime

Some opposition party members had worried that the government and
ruling parties might press ahead with efforts to look into reducing
premiums under the said system. However, the opposition camp won a
sweeping victory, appealing to the public with their policy of
abolishing the health care plan in the election campaign. DPJ Diet
Affairs Committee Chairman Kenji Yamaoka at a meeting of diet
affairs committee chairmen of both the ruling and opposition parties
pressed the ruling parties, "People supported us. The ruling parties
should decide to abolish the system."

The DPJ intends to submit a censure motion against the prime
minister on June 11 as planned, even if the government and the
ruling parties extend the Diet session. It is now confident because
it has increased its seats from one to four in the election for the

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Okinawa prefectural assembly, where its political base is weak.
Secretary General Yukio Hatoyama underscored to reporters, "Okinawa
residents expressed their determination to see the ruling and
opposition camps trade places at the national level as well."

(5) Civil service reform law: Skepticism about feasibility of
abolishing career bureaucrat system, disclosure of contacts between
politicians and bureaucrats; Unified job referral center for
retiring bureaucrats

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
June 7, 2008

The Upper House in a plenary session on June 6 passed and thereby
enacted legislation to reform the civil service system, following
agreement reached among the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the New
Komeito and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) to
revise the bill. The Mainichi Shimbun has worked out what will
change under the new system that will be introduced within five
years after the law goes into effect.

Personnel affairs system

The Basic Law for Reform of the Civil Service System provides for
the establishment of a cabinet personnel bureau for the uniform
management of senior personnel affairs and makes the chief cabinet
secretary responsible for drawing up the lists of nominees. In
reality, however, it is difficult for the chief cabinet secretary to
know in detail all about the nominees. A DPJ lawmaker who took the
floor to answer questions, acknowledged the fact that government
agencies would be involved in the process: "Each government agency
will recommend appropriate persons to the chief cabinet secretary,
who will then make a list of nominees after screening their

The current carrier bureaucrat system under which those who passed
examinations for first-class civil servants become candidates for
senior government officials will be abolished. Under the new system,
any bureaucrat can be appointed to a senior position, according to
their ability and performance record. However, the point has been
made that there is a possibility of super-elite bureaucrats being
created, depending on the application of a new course to train
senior government officials that has yet to be created.

Basic labor rights

The basic law includes a regulation that an autonomous
management-labor relations system should be created and that a right
to conclude a collective labor agreement should be granted to
national government employees in the future. If realized, working
conditions, such as civil servants' salaries, which are currently
laid down in compliance with the recommendations of the National
Personnel Authority, will become subject to labor-management

State Minister for Administrative Reform Yoshimi Watanabe during a
meeting of the Upper House Cabinet Committee replied, "The
government will set up a review organ, involving trade unions,
within a month after the passage of the law. However, the coverage
of public servants to whom the collective labor agreement right is
granted and the range of items covered by the agreement have yet to
be set.

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Contacts between politicians and bureaucrats

A provision limiting contacts between politicians and bureaucrats
has been deleted. However, the law stipulates the documentation of
contacts between bureaucrats and politicians for the disclosure of
information. The aim is to avoid politicians from applying pressure
on bureaucrats or bureaucrats from excessively lobbing politicians.
However, some have voiced skepticism about the efficacy of such a
regulation, noting that complete information disclosure would be
difficult, because it is viewed that bureaucrats may want to avoid
trouble with politicians.

Restriction on amakudari practices

The basic law does not directly regulate amakudari (golden
parachute) practices. However, it envisages the correction of the
current early retirement recommendation practice, the background of
the rampant amakudari practices, noting that consideration should be
given to the raising of the mandatory retirement age to 65 in
stages. A Government-Private Sector Personnel Exchange Center to
render job referral service to retiring bureaucrats will be set up
before the end of the year. However, proposals for the nominations
of a chairman and members of an outplacement monitoring committee to
be established to check job referral services provided by each
government agency until the envisaged Center takes off was
disapproved in the Upper House on June 6. There is a possibility of
the Government-Private Sector Personnel Exchange Center itself
becoming dysfunctional.

(6) Fukuda's Kantei and Sichuan earthquake (Part B): Inside story on
aid to China after quake; Prime minister: "China accepted Japanese
relief teams because of the bilateral summit"; Top leaders close,
administrative-level immature; Government fixated on human

MAINICHI (Pages 1 and 3) (Abridged slightly)
June 8, 2008

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka
Machimura, and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Masahiro Futahashi
received a first report on the Sichuan earthquake via a secretary
from the Cabinet Crisis Management Center a little before 4:00 p.m.
May 12. The report said that China was hit by a magnitude-7.8 (later
corrected to 8) earthquake at a depth of 10 kilometers. To Japan, a
quake-prone country, it was easy to imagine the extensive damage.
Some l0 responsible officials from the foreign and defense
ministries were immediately assembled at the Prime Minister's
Official Residence (Kantei).

Futahashi ordered them to assemble personnel so that the Japan
Disaster Relief Team would be able to be sent to China as soon as
there was a request from Beijing. The government began preparations
for human assistance in tandem with financial aid.

Although the government waited for a request for personnel
assistance from China until nightfall, there was no request. "China
perhaps could not afford to think of requesting foreign relief
teams," a government source said. The Japan Disaster Relief Team was
standing by at Haneda Airport, but the government had to recall it
temporarily on May 13.

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Another government source noted: "As long as China has expressed its
intention to respond to the situation independently, chances are
slim that the country would accept foreign relief teams later on."
The expiration of the optimum rescue timeframe -- the first 72 hours
after an earthquake -- was approaching.

Prime Minister Fukuda was still telling reporters on May 14: "We
should recall what happened after the Great Hanshin Earthquake (in
1995). Japan's lack of preparedness to accept (foreign relief teams)
caused confusion. I think China will request our assistance when it
is ready."

Beijing abruptly informed Tokyo that it would accept the Japanese
relief team around noon May 15, shortly before the expiration of the
72-hour rule. Machimura had just said an hour earlier: "We have
received a reply from China that it would not ask for assistance."

Japan was the first case in which China announced to accept human
assistance from abroad. The government readily dispatched relief
teams composed of some 60 firefighters, police officers and others
to China from the night of May 15 through May 16.

Around the time the rescue team started activities in China, Prime
Minister Fukuda told his aide: "In carryout out diplomacy, it is my
principle to think of the circumstances of the other side. China
accepted Japan's team because of the May 7 Japan-China summit. I
think matters will move forward favorably for Japan."

In the wake of the Sichuan quake, the prime minister conveyed his
willingness to provide aid to China by quietly sending personal
letters rather than playing up the government's steps before the
media. The prime minister also used his personal letters to transmit
his severe view on the Tibet issue instead of making formal
statements. Before his meeting with President Hu in May, Fukuda sent
three letters to China. They can be taken to reflect Fukuda's
consideration to the pride of China, a major power.

In turn, China has responded to such thinking of Japan. China
accepted the Japanese relief team ahead of other countries seemingly
with the aim of deepening the general public's understanding of
President Hu's visit to Japan. A Japan-China diplomatic source
noted: "State-run television cameras covered the (Japanese) relief
teams from the beginning. I sensed the government's intention

(7) Fukuda's Kantei and Sichuan earthquake (Part C): Inside story on
aid to China after quake; Confusion resulted from shift in Japan's
request from in or near a hospital before deployment to field
hospital-style activities after arriving in Sichuan

MAINICHI (Pages 1 and 3) (Abridged)
June 8, 2008

Turmoil over the planned dispatch of SDF aircraft partly resulted
from Tokyo's excessive consideration to relations with China
following the visit to Japan by President Hu.

Coordination on the number of personnel joining the Japan Disaster
Relief Team was undertaken by the Foreign Ministry. There were no
inquiries of or requests from China about medical equipment, so the
Japanese team took with it what was generally necessary, according
to a person connected with the Internal Affairs and Communications

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Ministry Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

A rescue team that was sent first to China procured devices to
detect electromagnetic rays and carbon dioxide to find survivors
under the rubble, but mudslides in Qingchuan County were so massive
that the team was not able to find any survivors.

A person concerned said: "Local residents thought that we were able
to do anything. If there had been residential areas and places to
utilize our equipment fully, we might have been able to find some

Difficulty in communicating with the Chinese also delayed the start
of activities by a medical team that followed the rescue team.

Previously it was explained that China had requested that the
Japanese team conduct secondary medical activities in a large urban
hospital, contrary to Japan's supposition of emergency treatment in
quake-hit areas with no doctors.

But it has become clear that the delay in the start of activities by
the Japanese team resulted from difficulty in working things out
with the Chinese because the Japanese authorities had made changes
to the plan that was conveyed to the Chinese side in advance.

The medical team arrived in Chengdu late at night on May 20, eight
days after the earthquake occurred, and it was decided it would
carry out activities based at Sichuan University's West China
Hospital. The team finally began medical activities on the afternoon
of May 22 and returned to Japan on June 2.

According to a person concerned, Tokyo presented the following
"official requests" to Beijing: (1) allow all the Japanese medical
members to carry out activities at one place because of the 5 tons
of equipment, and (2) allow the team to treat outpatients in tents
in or near a hospital. The Chinese government selected a number of
hospitals based on Japan's request and informally decided on the
First People's Hospital in Sichuan.

The Japanese team after arriving in Sichuan conveyed its desire to
the Chinese side to provide field hospital-style assistance. This
forced China to reconsider the candidate hospital. China eventually
came up with West China Hospital and the Japanese team gave a nod to

The Japanese team's abrupt change to its plan could be ascribable to
a wide range of requests from team members who met with each other
for the first time at Haneda Airport, as well as to activities by
the Russian and German teams that were in China ahead of the
Japanese term.

An official of the Foreign Ministry Overseas Disaster Assistance
Division explained to the Mainichi Shimbun: "Before the deployment
of the medical team, we did not especially ask the Chinese side to
let them work in or near a hospital."

The new trend of strategically reciprocal relations between Japan
and China contrasts sharply with the issue of national sentiment and
immature administrative-level cooperation between the two countries.
And how should Japan extend disaster assistance as a country prone
to earthquakes? The Sichuan earthquake still continues to present
challenges to the Japanese government.

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Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei, and Tokyo Shimbun
Suspect in Sunday's Akihabara rampage said to have bought five
knives two days earlier in Fukui

FTC to investigate suspected resumption of bid-rigging by Hitachi,
eight other companies over sewerage

Prime minister announces emissions trading trial run in fall to
reduce amount up to 80 PERCENT

JCP wins five Okinawa prefectural assembly seats


(1) Fukuda Vision: Combating global warming requires specific steps
(2) Akihabara stabbing spree: What was the cause?

(1) Akihabara stabbing rampage: Determining causes of incidents
(2) Fukuda Vision: Means to achieve targets more important

(1) Will Fukuda's anti-global warming guidelines be able to become
global standards?
(2) Society's notion of safety shaken to its core

(1) Fukuda Vision specifies emissions trading
(2) Put an end to tragedies

(1) Fukuda Vision: Participation by U.S. and China essential
(2) Akihabara stabbing rampage: Make effort to create safe society

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Akihabara tragedy: Killer's motive eerie
(2) Fukuda administration loses Okinawa prefectural assembly race

(1) National rally against deployment of nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier to be held on July 13

(10) Prime Minister's schedule, June 8 & 9

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
June 10, 2008

June 8

Met at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation with
Education Minister Tokai, JAXA President Tachikawa, and U.S.
Ambassador Schieffer.

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Talked with Astronaut Hoshide, who is on the International Space

Photo shoot at LDP headquarters for public relations.

Returned to his official residence.

Met with Special Advisor Ito.

Arrived at his private residence in Nozawa.

Returned to his official residence.

June 9

Met at Kantei with METI Minister Amari, METI Vice Minister Kitabata,
METI Trade Policy Bureau Director General Suzuki, followed by Deputy
Chief Cabinet Secretary Iwaki.

Met with Ito, followed by National Public Safety Commission Chairman

Attended meeting of government and ruling coalition.

Attended Upper House Audit Committee session.

Met at Diet building with New Komeito leader Ota and Youth Bureau
chief Taniai.

Attended LDP board meeting.

Met at Japan National Press Center with Japan National Press Club
President Takuo Takihana. Delivered speech at the press center.

Met with Columbia University Professor Gerald Curtis.

Dine with Lower House member Yasufumi Tanahashi and others at a
Chinese restaurant in Nihi-Azabu.

Returned to his official residence.


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