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Cablegate: Daily Summary of Japanese Press 08/05/08

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SUBJECT: DAILY SUMMARY OF JAPANESE PRESS 08/05/08

INDEX:

(1) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties (Asahi)

(2) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties (Nikkei)

(3) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties (Tokyo Shimbun)

(4) Ambassador Schieffer justifies A-bombings to high school
students (Nishi Nippon Shimbun)

(5) Schieffer's A-bombing remark angers Nagasaki (Nishi Nippon
Shimbun)

(6) Shuffled Fukuda Cabinet gets under way (Nikkei)

(7) METI Minister Nikai aims for international conference in Japan
this year to deal with soaring oil prices (Nikkei)

(8) Agriculture Minister Ota stresses need to set rules on rice
stocks but sees no need to speed up EPA negotiations (Nikkei)

(9) Shuffled Fukuda Cabinet gets under way: Bureaucrats in
Kasumigaseki feel relieved and pin hopes that fiscal reconstruction
will make headway, criticism of bureaucrats toning down, but social
security expenses may expand (Nikkei)

(10) TOP HEADLINES

(11) EDITORIALS

(12) Prime Minister's schedule, August 4 (Nikkei)

(13) Political Cartoons

ARTICLES:

(1) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties

ASAHI (Page 2) (Full)
August 3, 2008

Questions & Answers
(Figures shown in percentage, rounded off. Figures in parentheses
denote the results of the last survey conducted July 12-13 unless
otherwise specified.)

Q: Do you support the Fukuda cabinet?

Yes 24 (24)
No 55 (58)

Q: Which political party do you support now?

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 23 (26)
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 22 (24)
New Komeito (NK) 4 (2)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 3 (2)
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1 (1)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0 (0)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0 (0)
Other political parties 1 (0)

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None 35 (40)
No answer (N/A) + don't know (D/K) 11 (5)

Q: Prime Minister Fukuda shuffled his cabinet on Aug. 1. Did your
impression of Prime Minister Fukuda improve or worsen with this
cabinet shuffle, or does it remain unchanged?

Improved 9
Worsened 9
Unchanged 74

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Fukuda displayed leadership in the
shuffle of his cabinet this time?

Yes 15
No 66

Q: Prime Minister Fukuda vowed upon the shuffle of his cabinet to
carry out reforms for the people. Do you expect the new Fukuda
cabinet to push ahead with reforms as Prime Minister Fukuda
pledged?

Yes 47
No 44

Q: On the sidelines of shuffling his cabinet, Prime Minister Fukuda,
who is president of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, appointed a
new lineup of LDP executives. In this LDP shuffle, Mr. Taro Aso
became LDP secretary general. Do you appreciate his appointment to
the post of LDP secretary general?

Yes 51
No 29

Q: Do you think the House of Representatives should be dissolved as
early as possible for a general election? (Figures in parentheses
denote the results of a survey taken June 14-15.)

Yes 45 (41)
No 42 (45)

Q: If you were to vote now in a general election for the House of
Representatives, which political party would you like to vote for in
your proportional representation bloc? (Figures in parentheses
denote the results of a survey taken June 14-15.)

LDP 25 (23)
DPJ 32 (36)
NK 4 (4)
JCP 3 (3)
SDP 1 (2)
PNP 0 (0)
NPN 0 (0)
Other political parties 1 (2)
N/A+D/K 34 (30)

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted from the evening of
Aug. 1 through the evening of Aug. 2 over the telephone on a
computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Respondents were
chosen from among the nation's voting population on a three-stage
random-sampling basis. Valid answers were obtained from 1,002
persons (58 PERCENT ).

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(2) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
August 4, 2008

Questions & Answers
(Figures shown in percentage. Parentheses denote findings from the
last survey conducted in late June.)

Q: Do you support the new Fukuda cabinet?

Yes 38 (26)
No 49 (63)
Can't say (C/S) + don't know (D/K) 13 (11)

Q: Which political party do you support or like now?

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 37 (36)
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 33 (35)
New Komeito (NK) 4 (4)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 4 (3)
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 2 (1)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0 (0)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0 (0)
Other political parties 1 (1)
None 15 (15)
C/S+D/K 5 (5)

(Note) The total percentage does not become 100 PERCENT in some
cases due to rounding

Polling methodology: The survey was taken by Nikkei Research Inc.
over the telephone on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis. For the
survey, samples were chosen from among men and women aged 20 and
over across the nation. A total of 1,402 households with one or more
eligible voters were sampled, and answers were obtained from 856
persons (61.1 PERCENT ).

(3) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 3) (Full)
August 3, 2008

Questions & Answers
(Figures shown in percentage. Parentheses denote the results of the
last survey conducted July 11-12.)

Q: Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda shuffled his cabinet. Do you support
the new Fukuda cabinet?

Yes 31.5 (26.8)
No 48.1 (53.5)
Don't know (D/K) + no answer (N/A) 20.4 (19.7)


Q: (Only for those who answered "yes" to the previous question)
What's the primary reason for your approval of the Fukuda cabinet?
Pick only one from among those listed below.

The prime minister is trustworthy 19.5 (16.6)
Because it's a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party and

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New Komeito 7.3 (7.2)
The prime minister has leadership ability 1.2 (4.0)
Something can be expected of its economic policies 5.4 (2.2)
Something can be expected of its foreign policies 2.6 (5.9)
Something can be expected of its political reforms 7.2 (3.0)
Something can be expected of its tax reforms 2.9 (0.6)
Something can be expected of its administrative reforms 5.0 (3.7)
There's no other appropriate person (for prime minister) 45.7
(53.9)
Other answers (O/A) 1.8 (1.7)
D/K+N/A 1.4 (1.2)

Q: (Only for those who answered "no" to the first question) What's
the primary reason for your disapproval of the Fukuda cabinet? Pick
only one from among those listed below.

The prime minister is untrustworthy 6.6 (8.1)
Because it's a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party and
the New Komeito 7.7 (4.9)
The prime minister lacks leadership ability 22.1 (27.3)
Nothing can be expected of its economic policies 32.6 (29.3)
Nothing can be expected of its foreign policies 2.8 (5.3)
Nothing can be expected of its political reforms 8.7 (7.4)
Nothing can be expected of its tax reforms 7.9 (4.6)
Nothing can be expected of its administrative reforms 6.3 (5.2)
Don't like the prime minister's personal character 2.3 (5.3)
O/A 1.5 (1.6)
D/K+N/A 1.5 (1.0)

Q: What's your impression of the new Fukuda cabinet's lineup? Pick
only one.

Faction-free, fresh 3.7
Reform-oriented 7.7
Dignified, stable 10.0
None the better for the change 37.9
Faction-bound with no image of reform 17.8
Quite disappointing 12.2
O/A 0.9
D/K+N/A 9.8

Q: What do you think the new Fukuda cabinet should pursue first?
Pick only one.

Social security, including pension issues 28.6
Economic measures, job security 29.0
Social divide 11.5
Tax system 6.7
Education 4.0
Diplomacy, national security 3.0
Politics and money 7.4
Constitutional revision 0.9
Administrative, fiscal reforms 5.4
O/A 0.9
D/K+N/A 2.6

Q: The Maritime Self-Defense Force has been tasked with refueling
activities in the Indian Ocean under a newly enacted law for special
measures against terrorism. This law is set to expire in January
next year. Do you support extending the MSDF's refueling mission
there by revising the law?


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Yes 34.0
No 52.4
D/K+N/A 13.6

Q: The House of Representatives' current term is up until September
next year. When would you like the next election to take place for
the House of Representatives?

Within this year 37.6 (33.7)
During the first half of next year 20.0 (19.1)
Upon the current term's expiry in September next year 35.7 (37.9)
D/K+N/A 6.7 (9.3)

Q: Would you like the present LDP-led coalition government to
continue, or would you otherwise like it to be replaced with a
DPJ-led coalition government?

LDP-led coalition government 34.8 (31.2)
DPJ-led coalition government 48.2 (45.3)
D/K+N/A 17.0 (23.5)

Q: Which political party do you support?

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 28.7 (28.6)
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 30.2 (28.6)
New Komeito (NK) 3.4 (3.1)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 2.9 (3.8)
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1.1 (0.9)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0.5 (0.8)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0.7 (---)
Other political parties, groups --- (---)
None 31.2 (33.0)
D/K+N/A 1.3 (1.2)

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted across the nation from
the evening of Aug. 1 through Aug. 2 by Kyodo News Service on a
computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Among randomly
generated telephone numbers, those actually for household use with
one or more eligible voters totaled 1,450. Answers were obtained
from 1,025 persons.

(4) Ambassador Schieffer justifies A-bombings to high school
students

NISHI-NIPPON SHIMBUN (Page 13) (Full)
Eve., August 1, 2008

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Schieffer was invited today as a special
guest speaker for high school students attending the 5th seminar of
the Japan Future Leaders School (JFLS) -a private institute headed
by Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) Chairman Fujio
Mitarai-in the city of Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. In the seminar,
Schieffer spoke on the topic of "when I was a high school student."
In a question-and-answer session, there were questions from high
school students wondering whether it was necessary to drop atomic
bombs (on Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Ambassador Schieffer answered
that the atomic bombings were "intended to minimize the number of
war victims." With this, Schieffer justified the atomic bombings of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The seminar was attended by 160 JFLS trainees and about 300 students
from Munakata High School and Tokai University Daigo Senior High

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School in the city of Munakata and also from Tomeikan High School in
Saga Prefecture. At the beginning of his speech, Schieffer
encouraged the attending students to "work for peace, justice, and
other universal values for humanity as leaders in the future."

After the seminar, there was a question-and-answer session, during
which two high school students asked questions. One of the two
students asked, "Do you think it was right to drop the atomic
bombs?" The other asked, "Do you not think it was unnecessary to
drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki?" Ambassador Schieffer answered,
"While I won't go so far as to say that I agree (with the atomic
bombings), I can understand them." He explained that Japan would not
surrender and the United States therefore dropped the atomic bombs
so that many more lives would not be lost.

(5) Schieffer's A-bombing remark angers Nagasaki

NISHI-NIPPON SHIMBUN (Page 32) (Full)
August 2, 2008

"The United States dropped atomic bombs to prevent many more lives
from being lost." This remark from U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Schieffer yesterday angered or disappointed atomic bomb survivors
and high school students in the atomic-bombed city of Nagasaki. They
wonder why such remarks are still being made that condone and
justify the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. "We will have to let
the world know about the fearfulness and inhumanity of nuclear
weapons," one person said.

"The August 9 tragedy must not be repeated. His remark shocked
atom-bomb survivors. Such a remark is unforgivable, all the more
because he is in a position to represent the United States." The
voice of Hirotami Yamada, 77, who lost five members of his family in
the atomic bombing and is a member of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb
Survivors Council, was filled with anger. Yamada indicated that he
would send a letter of protest to the ambassador.

"That (atomic bombs) ended the war." This remark came last summer
from then Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma. He was later driven to
resign as defense minister. However, high-ranking U.S. government
officials have made remarks that condone or justify the atomic
bombings.

"Soon after the war, the horrible scenes at the atomic-bombed areas
were reported in the United States, and the government was
criticized," said Hideo Tsuchiyama, 83, former president of Nagasaki
University. Tsuchiya added, "Such (arguments defending the atomic
bombings) were created to control such criticism." According to
Tsuchiya, however, this is well known to the general public because
it has been taught at schools for years. "To overcome such
arguments," he said, "we must continue to pass on the facts about
the atomic bombings."

Anmi Naruse, 17, a second-year student at Nagasaki Nishi High
School, will visit Switzerland in the middle of this month to
deliver signatures to United Nations European headquarters as one of
the "High School Peace Ambassadors" to appeal on eliminating nuclear
weapons. She said: "When I think of my grandmother who is a victim
of the atomic bombing, I think he was thoughtless in what he said.
He has a different idea, and it can't be helped. We young people
will have to talk and understand."


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(6) Shuffled Fukuda Cabinet gets under way

NIKKEI (Page 3) (Full)
August 3, 2008

State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Yosano to deal with
spending cuts in flexible manner; Fiscal disbursements is an option;
Policy consideration to be given to people's lives

With the formal launching of the reshuffled Fukuda cabinet on August
2, newly appointed cabinet ministers have gone into action to
dissolve instability in people's lives, a policy worked out by Prime
Minister Yasuo Fukuda. State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy
Kaoru Yosano in an interview with the Nikkei and other dailies
played up his determination to tackle high prices in the wake of the
steep rise in crude oil prices. Other ministers also told a news
conference their policy of implementing the policy management.
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshihiro Nikai and Agriculture
Minister Seiichi Ota, for instance, referred during a press briefing
after the first cabinet meeting to measures to deal with the steep
rise in crude oil prices and the need to take a second look at the
rice reserve system.

State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Yosano

-- You pointed out during a press conference on August 1 that there
is the possibility of the economy having entered a recessionary
phase late last year.

"The U.S. economy has begun to lose steam, affecting the Chinese and
Southeast Asian economies. Japan's exports have also dropped. Japan
has, however, already disposed of surplus production capacity, debts
and employment. I, therefore, believe the Japanese economy will
start on a recovery track, if the other economies head for an
upturn. The speculative rise in crude oil prices has affected the
global economy. However, the global economy will calm down sooner or
later. I do not see the Japanese economy pessimistically or
masochistically."

-- The challenge is how to tackle soaring prices.

"International factors are contributing to the soaring prices. It is
difficult to manage the economy in such a situation. We should
recognize that change has occurred to the global price system. The
point is how quickly and skillfully the Japanese economy as a whole
can cope with the move. The rise in the prices of daily necessities
is dealing a blow to people's lives. The government should have deep
interest in the situation and do whatever it can do. I would like to
discuss this issue with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
(METI) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
(MAFF)."

-- If the recovery of the economy delays, a fiscal reconstruction
scenario would be upset. Do you have any plan to revise the spending
cut program?

"I think it is all right to keep the present spending cut policy
intact. However, it does not mean that the government will not spend
money on areas that have an affect on the future of the people. The
LDP's stance is that it will give full consideration to budgets that
affect the future of the people. If we aim exclusively at spending
cuts, the economy would fall into diminishing equilibrium. Matters

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that affect the future of the Japanese economy require policy
consideration."

-- Will the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP) discuss
reform of the tax code?

"The proper form of the CEFP is to discuss matters in response to
the prime minister's inquiries. The panel should discuss matters, if
the prime minister says that it is necessary to discuss such.
However, the government has the Tax Research Commission. What the
CEFP should consider is the sustainability of social security and
public finances. We must have it consider the macro-economic
framework."

-- What monetary policy do you expect from the Bank of Japan (BOJ)?

"The BOJ's independence is guaranteed by law. The BOJ should
independently decide on its money policy. However, it is legal for
the government to state its view. It may state its view when
necessary. However, the right way the central bank should be is to
independently make decisions."

(7) METI Minister Nikai aims for international conference in Japan
this year to deal with soaring oil prices

NIKKEI (Page 3) (Full)
August 3, 2008

In a press conference after a cabinet meeting yesterday, Minister of
Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai said he would like to
hold an international conference in which oil producing and
consuming countries would discuss measures to deal with skyrocketing
oil prices. Nikai now judges that deeper cooperation between both
sides is imperative; for instance, oil producers should increase
output, while consumers should step up monitoring the flow of
speculative funds into the oil futures market. He hopes to bring
about such a conference by the end of this year.

Ministers from oil producing and consuming countries met in Jiddah,
Saudi Arabia, in June, in which Saudi Arabia announced plans to
increase production and improve productivity. Coordination is now
underway for a follow-up meeting to be held in Britain this fall.

In addition to this meeting, Nikai has proposed an international
conference. Behind this proposal, observers see his desire to
demonstrate at home and abroad Japan's leadership in forming an
international cooperative mechanism to cope with soaring oil prices,
at a time when oil is now more than 120 dollars a barrel.

Nikai stated:

"We are planning to hold a dialogue of oil producing and consuming
countries in Japan next year, but when considering the current steep
rise in oil prices and growing public concern, we find that regular
meetings alone will not be enough to cope with the situation. Moving
the plan forward, Japan should send personnel overseas or should
invite persons concerned to Japan."

Focusing on the fact that the sharp rise in oil prices has
undermined the Japanese economy, Nikai emphasized: "It will be
necessary to resolutely work out policy measures if necessary in the
future. We must take steps, while keeping in mind reserve funds in

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the budget for this fiscal year and a supplementary budget." He
indicated that the propriety of compiling an extra budget to fund
economic stimulus measures should be discussed in the cabinet.

On the collapsed trade talks of the World Trade Organization (WTO),
Nikai indicated his strong resolve to do his best resume
negotiations, saying: "Japan, as a trading country, must not slacken
its efforts."

(8) Agriculture Minister Ota stresses need to set rules on rice
stocks but sees no need to speed up EPA negotiations

NIKKEI (Page 3) (Full)
August 3, 2008

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Seiichi Ota revealed
plans to review the government's rice stockpile system, saying: "We
must set rules on stocks." Given the surplus in the rice inventory,
the government purchased more rice to be stored for emergency last
fall as part of price-maintenance efforts. Ota said: "The government
suddenly decided to purchase rice last year, but such a case could
also occur in the future. It is necessary to prepare a proper
mechanism so that we will not take stopgap measures."

Regarding ongoing negotiations to conclude economic partnership
agreements (EPA) with Australia and other countries, Ota said: "We
don't need to take the view that since the new round of trade talks
of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended (in failure), we must
obtain quick results in EPA negotiations." On EPA talks with the
U.S. and Europe, which have yet to start, Ota commented: "I think
these are still matters for the future."

In reference to the planned review of regional offices of the
central government, a point at issue in decentralization reform, Ota
commented: "The work being carried out by agricultural offices are
all what the central government should be doing, so the number of
offices to be disbanded will not increase." But he stressed the need
to review all the roles played by the central government and decide
which ones have less priority.

(9) Shuffled Fukuda Cabinet gets under way: Bureaucrats in
Kasumigaseki feel relieved and pin hopes that fiscal reconstruction
will make headway, criticism of bureaucrats toning down, but social
security expenses may expand

NIKKEI (Page 3) (Full)
August 5, 2008

Bureaucrats of central government agencies in Kasumigaseki
(government office district) are welcoming the shuffled Fukuda
cabinet, which was formally inaugurated on August 2, with one
noting, "The line-up of the new cabinet includes many veteran
lawmakers. We can expect stable management of the administration."
Since persons who attach importance to fiscal discipline have been
appointed as key economic ministers, as can be seen in the
appointments of Bunmei Ibuki as finance minister and Kaoru Yosano as
state minister for economic and fiscal policy, the finance ministry
hopes that fiscal reconstruction will move ahead. Bureaucrats are
feeling relieved because State Minister for Administrative Reform
Yoshimi Watanabe, who has fiercely criticized bureaucrats in
reforming the public servant system, has been replaced.


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Many finance ministry officials see the appointment of Ibuki, who is
a former finance ministry official and has served as senior member
of the LDP's Tax System Research Commission, a boost in keeping the
spending cut policy firm, as one senior official put it.

The Prime Minister touts the new cabinet as one that will bring
peace of mind to the people. As such, many in the Ministry of
Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) take it that the shuffling of the
cabinet that way is a good opportunity for the government to veer
toward increased social welfare spending, which has long been
constrained. MHLW Minister Yoichi Masuzoe, who is serving in the
post for the second term, said, "Our efforts to constrain social
security spending have reached the limit with the growth in that
area constrained by 220 billion yen." His stance is close to that of
welfare and labor bureaucrats.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) has a
mountain of challenges to tackle, including reform of the use of
special-purpose road construction revenues. MLIT bureaucrats welcome
the appointment of former LDP Policy Research Council chairman
Sadakazu Taniguchi as their chief, with one saying: "He is a heavy
weight. There is no need to worry about his Diet replies." Since
Tanigaki previously served in the post of finance minister, some are
concerned that cuts in public works may be pushed forward at the
initiative of the finance ministry. Though one senior official said,
"He is not the type of person who is inclined to do things just to
play to the gallery," if Tanigaki fails to display leadership,
reform of the highway budget would not go far enough.

There is concern also that if cabinet ministers excessively focus on
election campaign measures, bureaucrats would recover from their
setback.

(10) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi & Tokyo Shimbun:
Ex-PCI head, others arrested over ODA bribes in Vietnam

Mainichi:
Local security authorities had terrorism info before pre-Olympic
attack in China

Yomiuri:
Tension heightening in western China four days before Olympics; Two
Uygur men arrested

Nikkei:
Orix, Credit Saison in merger talks to become nonbank giant with
11.5 trillion yen in assets

Sankei:
Japanese authorities to demand arrest warrants against Americans for
protest activities against Japanese whaling vessels

Akahata:
World Conference for Prohibition of Atom and Hydrogen Bombs starts
in Hiroshima

(11) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) ODA bribes: Expel corrupt companies from ODA projects

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(2) Sasebo sub leak: Foreign Ministry overly insensitive

Mainichi:
(1) Use PCI case as occasion to eradicate bribery overseas
(2) Impermissible concealment of info on U.S. Navy sub leaking
radiation


Yomiuri:
(1) ODA bribes: Warning against business practices causing
wrongdoings
(2) Mourning Solzhenitsyn, author of The Gulag Archipelago

Nikkei:
(1) Pork-barrel economic stimulus measures meaningless
(2) We should reconsider the days in which Solzhenitsyn lived in
Russia

Sankei:
(1) Government should use rise in public support as leverage to
implement policies
(2) Make utmost efforts to erase public uneasiness about social
security

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Root out corruption in ODA projects
(2) Foreign Ministry's response to sub radiation leak problematic

Akahata:
(1) Review law to prevent stateless children

(12) Prime Minister's schedule, August 4

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)
August 5, 2008

10:11
Met with State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Yosano at the
Kantei, joined by Cabinet Counsellor Fujioka.

11:28
Met with Chairman Seike of the Study Group on Employment of Public
Servant of Advanced Age of the National Personnel Agency and
Employee Welfare Bureau Director General Kawamura. Deputy Chief
Cabinet Secretary Futahashi was present. Then met with former
Secretary General Nakagawa.

13:01
Met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Machimura.

13:37
Arrived at the official residence.

14:13
Attended a farewell ceremony for former Environment Agency Director
General Kajiki at Toranomon Pastoral Hotel.

14:22
Arrived at the official residence.

15:22
Met with Isao Hokugo, chairman of the Japan Council of Sports for

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the Disabled, Chairman Kosuke Ito of the Diet Members Caucus
Promoting the Paralympics. Then attended the send-off party for the
Japanese team to the Beijing Paralympics.

16:57
Met with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Shimada.

17:05
Met with Futahashi, followed by Vice Health, Labor and Welfare
Minister Erikawa and Health Service Bureau Director General Ueda.

18:36
Arrived at the official residence.

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