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

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SUBJECT: DAILY SUMMARY OF JAPANESE PRESS 08/06/08

INDEX:

(1) Okinawa governor holds first meeting with Defense Minister
Hayashi; Both agree to continue talks on Futenma issue (Okinawa
Times)

(2) Exchange of views between delegation from U.S. House of
Representatives and heads of communities hosting bases in Okinawa
Prefecture (Okinawa Times)

(3) Foreign Ministry to convey all reports from U.S. to
organizations concerned (Tokyo Shimbun)

(4) Interview with Daniel Berman, former US Embassy
minister-counselor for agricultural affairs; Consumers should be
given freedom to choose (part one) (Nihon Nogyo Shimbun)

(5) Fukuda names ex-ministers as senior vice ministers, focusing on
ability to implement (Nikkei)

(6) Seeds of confrontation over economic stimulus measures: Calls
for delaying target to move primary balance into black gaining
ground in ruling camp; Other calls for revising structural reform
policy beginning to be heard, with eye on next Lower House election
(Nikkei)

(7) Spot poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties (Yomiuri)

(8) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties (Mainichi)

(9) Sankei-FNN poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties, MSDF
mission, Takeshima issue (Sankei)

(10) TOP HEADLINES

(11) EDITORIALS

(12) Prime Minister's schedule, August 5

ARTICLES:

(1) Okinawa governor holds first meeting with Defense Minister
Hayashi; Both agree to continue talks on Futenma issue

OKINAWA TIMES (Page 2) (Slightly abridged)
August 6, 2008

(Tokyo) Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, now in Tokyo, met on Aug. 5 for
the first time with Defense Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi at the
Defense Ministry. Referring to the issue of the relocation of the
U.S. forces' Futenma Air Station, Governor Nakaima said, "Even
though our views might differ, it is important for us to carefully
carry out verbal communication." In response, Defense Minister
Hayashi stated, "We must build channels of communication between
us." The two agreed that talks between the central and local
governments should continue on a regular basis.

Governor Nakaima, bringing up the issue of moving the V-shaped
runways for the Futenma alternate site into the sea, which he has
been seeking, said, "The contents of this was explained to the
minister at council meetings until now, so we can talk of it later."
He did not make another request at yesterday's meeting. The governor

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requested that Defense Minister Hayashi visit the prefecture at an
early date, but Hayashi avoided an immediate answer.

After the meeting, Governor Nakaima made a statement about the
working team on the relocation of Futenma Air Station that had been
held at the ministry on the same day: "There is a limit to the
technical talks that the Minister has assembled. The team is to boil
down what we agree on and what we disagree on. I am hoping we can
resolve issues by properly narrowing down the agenda items and
bringing things into focus."

On the question of whether the working team will consider or not the
moving of the relocation site into the sea, the governor stated: "By
exchanging views at the technical and working levels, we can find
out what we know to a certain extent (about whether we can move the
site or not). It is better to do this separate from the
environmental issue." He pointed out the need to consider matters
from the technical standpoint, separating the issue from the
environmental impact assessment.

(2) Exchange of views between delegation from U.S. House of
Representatives and heads of communities hosting bases in Okinawa
Prefecture

OKINAWA TIMES (Page 2) (Full)
August 6, 2008

A staff delegation of specialists from the U.S. House of
Representatives who are responsible for the move of U.S. Marines
stationed now on Okinawa to Guam under the realignment of U.S.
forces in Japan met on August 5 in the official residence of the
U.S. consul general in Okinawa (Ginowan City) with heads of the
communities hosting U.S. bases, such as Ginowan City Mayor Yoichi
Iha and Urasoe City Mayor Mitsuo Gima, for an exchange of views.

Mayor Iha appealed for splitting apart the package of the relocation
of Futenma Air Station to Camp Schwab at Nago City and the moving of
the Marines to Guam, carrying them out separately. However, Nago
City Mayor Bunshin Suematsu and others urged the relocation of
Futenma go according to the Japan-U.S. agreement.

The heads and deputy heads of approximately 10 cities, towns, or
villages, such as Okinawa City, Kadena-cho, Kin-cho, and Ginoza-son,
participated from all over the prefecture. The U.S. staff
delegation who attended represented such committees as the House
Committee on Natural Resources, Committee on Financial Services, and
Judiciary Committee. They listened to the views of the local
representatives.

(3) Foreign Ministry to convey all reports from U.S. to
organizations concerned

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Full)
Evening, August 4, 2008

The Foreign Ministry was slow to convey to other government offices
and concerned municipalities information on the leak of radiation
from a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine during its port call at Sasebo
Naval Base in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. Learning a lesson from
this incident, the Foreign Ministry announced on August 4 that it
would improve its communication system in a way to speedily notify
organizations concerned of any such report from the United States in

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the future.

There have been a number of reports from the United States to the
Foreign Ministry on accidents involving U.S. nuclear-powered vessels
near its bases. The ministry, however, has conveyed to concerned
organizations only the accidents that might be harmful to human
health.

The United States reported the latest submarine radiation leak to
the Foreign Ministry on the afternoon of August 1. But the ministry
did not disclose or report it to Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura
and others until August 2 on the grounds that the amount leaked was
extremely small.

(4) Interview with Daniel Berman, former US Embassy
minister-counselor for agricultural affairs; Consumers should be
given freedom to choose (part one)

NIHON NOGYO SHIMBUN (Page 3) (Full)
August 3, 2008

Daniel Berman, former minister-counselor for agricultural affairs at
the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, left Japan on August 1, after completing
his four years of assignment in Japan. He engaged in negotiations on
such issues as beef trade, which was affected by the BSE issue. The
Nihon Nogyo Shimbun interviewed him in Tokyo on July 28, just before
he left Tokyo.

No risk of BSE

-- What results did you achieve over the past four years?

Negotiations on beef trade, which was suspended temporarily due to
the BSE issue, were at the top of the agenda. In October 2004, just
after I arrived at my post in Japan, the governments of Japan and
the U.S. held talks (in which both sides reached a broad agreement
on beef-import conditions). The ban on U.S. beef imports was
partially lifted then. But I had not anticipated at that time that
the 2004 provisional trade program (that allows exports of only beef
from cattle 20 months of age or younger) would continue into 2008.


-- Prohibited specified risk materials (SRM), such as vertebral
columns, were discovered in shipments from the U.S. to Japan.

There were several times when a shipment of beef containing SRMs
arrived in Japan. But we think that mistakes in the paperwork or the
packing process should be properly separated from the issue of food
safety. We have made efforts to have Japanese consumers understand
this point. Japan tends to expect the safety of food to be ensured
100 PERCENT . There were never any safety problems involving U.S.
beef, in my view.

-- It has been reported that the Japanese government plans to raise
the age limit of cattle whose meat is eligible for import to those
aged up to 30 months.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which Japan has also
joined, has provided clear information about BSE and trade,
representing the views of the world's most distinguished scientists.
The U.S.' assertions are clear and consistent. As the OIE guidelines
specified, the U.S. should be allowed to export beef regardless of

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cattle age. This applies not only to Japan but to all other
countries across the world. It is undesirable for certain countries
to adopt different import conditions from the point of view of
ensuring a high level of transparency.

-- The volume of imports of U.S. beef last year dropped to about
one-10th of its peak period (in Japan).

Japanese consumers have begun to believe that U.S. beef is safe.
Japan has set the condition of importing only beef from cattle 20
months of age or younger. This has made it difficult for the U.S. to
procure a lot of domestic cattle that meet this condition, so only a
limited volume of beef is available in the Japanese market. It is
not correct to say that there is little demand for U.S. beef in
Japan.

I would point out that we are now experiencing a switch from a
buyer's market to a seller's market across the world, not limited to
the beef market. Taking advantage of a buyer's market, Japan so far
acquired farm products from many countries. Exporting countries also
stepped up efforts to improve product quality to meet Japan's severe
standards. It was possible for Japan to select and buy goods. But
the situation is gradually changing.

Balancing buyers and sellers in trade will become more important
from now. Our new role is to mediate between consumers in Japan and
suppliers in the U.S.

-- In such a case, it is necessary to raise Japan's food
self-sufficiency rate, isn't it?

We are Japanese farmers' partner. Japan is a food-importing country,
and even if Japan wants to supply entire domestic demand by itself,
it is impossible to find ways to do so, isn't it? Food import is a
solution strategy, and not a problem. I think it would be better for
Japan to consider how to import food in a stable way, instead of
considering how to curb imports.

(5) Fukuda names ex-ministers as senior vice ministers, focusing on
ability to implement

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
August 5, 2008

Senior vice ministers are usually selected through coordination
among the factions of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). But Prime
Minister Yasuo Fukuda unprecedentedly named two ex-cabinet ministers
as a senior vice health minister and a senior vice trade minister.
These appointments will be officially approved today. In a bid to
prepare a system to implement policies under political leadership,
Fukuda also focused on the ability to act in appointments other than
ministerial ones. In the selection process, though, there was
friction between the prime minister and the party.

"I will place the right people in the right jobs. I want persons of
action to become (senior vice ministers)." Speaking before reporters
at his official residence (Kantei) last night, Fukuda emphasized
that he was giving importance to capability in picking senior vice
ministers.

Senior vice ministers and parliamentary officials are usually
appointed through coordination among LDP factions in the office of

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the LDP deputy secretary general. The government then gives
approval. Since the Koizumi cabinet, the prime minister has named
cabinet ministers based on his intention, but the selection of
senior vice ministers and lower-level officials has been left in the
hands of the factions.

Fukuda emphasized his desire to mobilize ex-cabinet ministers for
the posts of senior vice health minister, senior vice foreign
minister, and senior vice finance minister. He also advised
assigning women and warned his aides not to give bureaucrats-turned
politicians posts at government ministries where they were once in
service, including parliamentary official posts. The Kantei received
a draft list of senior vice ministers from the LDP but later
returned it, ordering that a female lawmaker and more ex-ministers
be included on the list. The deputy secretary general grumbled:
"There is a perception gap between the Kantei and the party."

The haggling between the Kantei and the LDP was settled last
evening. Former Environment Minister Ichiro Kamoshita and Sanae
Takaichi, state minister for declining birthrate under the Abe
administration, were singled out as a senior vice health minister
and a senior vice economy, trade and industry minister,
respectively.

In the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, members have mingled hope
and apprehension about the appointment of the heavyweight as a
senior vice minister. One member said: "What will become of
role-sharing between Mr. Kamoshita and Health Minister Yoichi
Masuzoe? It might be difficult to lay the groundwork." Another said:
"Mr. Kamoshita used to be a doctor. He may spot half-finished work,
but he will not take exorbitant action. We can trust him." But
Masuzoe's stock argument is that three ministers are needed for the
ministry, which offers a wide range of services. Attention is being
focuses on how the Masuzoe-Kamoshita team will work from now.

One minister-level parliamentary vice minister after another joined
the Obuchi cabinet in 1998. Sadakazu Tanigaki, who had served as
Science and Technology Agency director general, assisted Finance
Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, who assumed the post to deal with
financial instability. Nobutaka Machimura, who had served as
education minister, assumed office as parliamentary foreign vice
minister under Masahiko Koumura, who joined the cabinet for the
first time as foreign minister under the Obuchi cabinet.

About seven years have passed since the government introduced a
system of senior vice ministers. The government anticipated that the
new system would contribute to eliminating bureaucratic initiative
and instead to building a politics-led policymaking system. But no
remarkable results have been produced so far. The focus of attention
is now on whether some results will be produced in the Fukuda
cabinet shuffle, which will be completed with the selection of
parliamentary vice ministers today.

(6) Seeds of confrontation over economic stimulus measures: Calls
for delaying target to move primary balance into black gaining
ground in ruling camp; Other calls for revising structural reform
policy beginning to be heard, with eye on next Lower House election


NIKKEI (Page 3) (Abridged slightly)
August 5, 2008


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The shuffled Fukuda cabinet has started drafting a package of
economic stimulus measures to address soaring crude oil prices and
the slowing economy. Although the government underscores a stance of
giving serious consideration to fiscal discipline, at the same time
it is keeping open the option of compiling a supplementary budget in
the next extraordinary Diet session. With the possibility of
dissolution of the Lower House for a snap election happening anytime
soon, calls for putting on the backburner the government target of
moving the primary balance into the black are gaining ground in the
Liberal Democratic Party. Chances are that a dispute could break out
in the ruling camp over how much to revise the spending cut policy
line. This could upset the Fukuda administration's running of its
government.

Supplementary budget also eyed

Referring to an economic stimulus package, Prime Minister Yasuo
Fukuda on the evening of August 5 told reporters. "It is important
to finance the package with the present budget." He indicated his
intention to draw funds from the reserve funds (350 billion yen) in
the fiscal 2008 budget.

As a measure to finance the package, the government is considering
digging out wasteful expenditures and using accumulated funds in the
special account. It intends to adopt a package that gives
consideration to upholding fiscal discipline. However, apart from
this stop gap measure, it is also considering compiling a
supplementary budget in the next extraordinary Diet session. Chief
Cabinet Secretary Machimura noted, "We will take a flexible approach
regarding what should be done during the extraordinary Diet
session."

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has already compiled its own
emergency economic stimulus package totaling 2.7 trillion yen in
July in the wake of the steep rise in crude oil prices. Amid
speculation that there could be dissolution of the Lower House
around the turn of the year, there is an atmosphere in the
government and the ruling parties that they would not be able to
campaign unless an economic stimulus package was made an issue, as
one mid-ranking LDP member put it.

Secretary General Taro Aso is considering putting the government
target of moving the primary balance into the black by fiscal 2011
on the back burner with eye on the next Lower House election. When
the basic policy guidelines on economic and fiscal management and
structural reforms for the fiscal 2006 national budget, which
include this target, were adopted at a cabinet meeting, Aso was
present at the meeting as foreign minister. However, he is
increasingly becoming alarmed about the situation, saying, "The
economic environment surrounding Japan is becoming harsh, as can be
seen in surging resource prices."

The primary balance is a gauge of a government's fiscal soundness
where expenditures are balanced by tax revenues. The government
intends to achieve the goal, by combining two approaches -- cutting
expenditures in such areas as social security and increasing
expenditures through economic growth. However, there are high
barriers to clear.

Proposal for postponement of target also aimed at staving off
criticism of tax hike plan


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According to the Cabinet Office's estimate, the balance of payment
in fiscal 2011 would show a loss of 3.9 trillion yen, even if the
spending cut policy is implemented to the full. This is due to the
downside revision of an estimate for economic growth. A senior
official of one economic ministry said, "If the target is to be
maintained, it should be achieved, by hiking (the consumption tax)."
Seeing through such a situation, the DPJ has begun criticizing the
shuffled cabinet, calling it a taxing cabinet, or one that is tasked
with preparing the way for a tax hike, as Secretary General Hatoyama
put it.

It is likely that a proposal for putting the target to move the
primary balance into the black is also aimed to stave off opposition
parties' criticism of a tax hike. Putting the target on the back
burner has the advantage of enabling the government to point out the
need to hike the (consumption) tax in the future. as well as to
allay a sense of imminence that the tax would be increased in
several years' time.

Aso also stressed that economic stimulus measures would lead to
shoring up the administration. If the restriction that 14-14.3
trillion yen in expenditures combining those of the central
government and those of local governments must be cut tax by fiscal
2011 is scrapped, flexible fiscal disbursements would become
possible.

Both former Secretary General Hidenao Nakagawa, who attaches
importance to boosting tax revenues through economic growth in
implementing the fiscal reconstruction policy, and State Minister
for Economic and Fiscal Policy Kaoru Yosano, who gives priority to
rebuilding national finances, advocate the target of moving the
primary balance into the black by fiscal 2011, though they are
opposed to each other in other areas. The scrapping of the spending
cut policy would lead to a switch in the reform line, which has been
in place since the Koizumi administration.

Finance Minister Bunmei Ibuki, who is seen as an advocate of the
fiscal reconstruction policy, stressed in an interview on August 4,
"It would be inconceivable to issue deficit-covering government
bonds, except for some extraordinary reason." However, the
confrontation between the advocates of the fiscal reconstruction
policy and those who attach importance to boosting tax revenues
through economic growth in implementing the fiscal reconstruction
policy in addition to the presence of those who call for putting the
target of moving the primary balance into the black would make the
policy confrontation in the government and the ruling parties make
even more complicated. The shuffled cabinet's switch from the
structural reform policy line would become clear, depending on how
the confrontation will be settled.

Focus on economic stimulus package, measures for small- and
medium-size businesses, farmers: Concern about pork-barrel largesse
still remains

The envisaged economic stimulus package will be centered on measures
to deal with spikes in prices caused by the steep rise in crude oil
and food prices. To be specific, the package will include assistance
to small- to medium-sized businesses, measures on the soaring crude
oil prices for the trucking industry and mid- to long-term energy
measures. In view of the fiscal reconstruction policy line, the
government intends to indicate two policy directions in the packet
-- a short-term policy with immediate effects and a mid- to

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long-term policy covering a three-year period or so. The mid- to
long-term measure will likely involve the tax code issue. A package
of measures for each industry sector will likely be compiled without
the assumption of an increase in public works or a substantial tax
cut.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's proposals will likely
include an increase in low-interest loans to be provided by
government-affiliated financial institutions as a measure to help
small- and medium-size businesses. Financial Services Agency
Director General Takafumi Sato told a news conference on the 4th his
intention to consider making loans to be extended to small- and
medium-size businesses more easily available.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries compiled a set
of measures for commercial fishermen just in July. However, since
the size was within the existing budget, voices complaining that the
amount is insufficient are already being heard. The Ministry of
Land, Infrastructure and Transport is looking into backing the
introduction of a fuel surcharge system designed to pass an increase
in fuel prices along to freightage.

The government has started considering economic stimulus measures
only several days after the inauguration with the aim of
demonstrating its quick response to the public. However, if its
approach is entirely focused on pork-barrel largesse to industry
circles, the package's spillover effect on the economy would be
minor.

(7) Spot poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties

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

Questions & Answers
(Figures shown in percentage)

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

Yes 41.3
No 47.0
Other answers (O/A) 0.8
No answer (N/A) 10.9

Q: Did your evaluation of Prime Minister Fukuda go up or down with
his cabinet shuffle this time, or does it remain unchanged?

Up 11.5
Down 13.2
Unchanged 72.3
N/A 3.0

Q: In his cabinet shuffle this time, Prime Minister Fukuda appointed
Kaoru Yosano to the post of economic and fiscal policy minister. Do
you support this appointment?

Yes 32.9
No 42.8
N/A 24.3

Q: Then, what do you think about Prime Minister Fukuda's appointment

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of Kyoko Nakayama to the post of state minister for the issue of
North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals. Do you support this
appointment?

Yes 74.9
No 16.7
N/A 8.4

Q: Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe has been
retained. Do you support this?

Yes 76.5
No 17.6
N/A 5.9

Q: Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura has been retained. Do
you support this?

Yes 42.7
No 40.5
N/A 16.8

Q: Prime Minister Fukuda, who is president of the Liberal Democratic
Party, picked Taro Aso for the post of LDP secretary general in his
appointment of a new LDP executive lineup. Do you support this?

Yes 66.3
No 24.3
N/A 9.4

Q: What do you want the new cabinet to pursue on a priority basis?
Pick as many as you like from among those listed below, if any.

Price stabilization 87.6
Tax reform, including consumption tax 62.5
Pension issue 82.1
Healthcare for elderly 76.9
Consumer administration 50.8
North Korea 65.8
Global warming 76.6
O/A 1.5
Nothing in particular 1.0
N/A 0.6

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Fukuda was able to show his own
imprint in shuffling his cabinet and appointing a new lineup of
executives for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party?

Yes 28.2
No 58.8
N/A 12.9

Q: Which political party do you support now? Pick only one.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 35.1
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 24.6
New Komeito (NK) 3.9
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 3.5
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1.1
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0.1
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) ---
Other political parties ---

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None 30.0
N/A 1.8

Q: When would you like the House of Representatives to be dissolved
for a general election?

As early as possible 35.1
Late this year or early next year 10.0
Next spring or afterward 15.6
Before the current term expires in September next year 32.1
N/A 7.2

Q: If an election were to be held now for the House of
Representatives, which political party would you like to vote for in
your proportional representation bloc?

LDP 30.8
DPJ 34.2
NK 4.6
JCP 4.4
SDP 1.5
PNP 0.2
NPN ---
Other political parties ---
Undecided 19.7
N/A 4.7

Polling methodology

The survey was conducted across the nation from 8 p.m., Aug.1,
through Aug. 2 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis.
Households with one or more eligible voters totaled 1,745. Valid
answers were obtained from 1,006 persons (57.7 PERCENT ).

(8) Poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties

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

Questions & Answers
(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

Q: Do you support the new Fukuda cabinet?

T P M F
Yes 25 (22) 20 29
No 52 (54) 62 44
Not interested 21 (21) 17 24

Q: (Only for those who answered "yes" to the above question) Why?

T P M F
Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party 34
(27) 47 26
Because something can be expected of the prime minister's leadership
8 (7) 5 9
Because there's something stable about the prime minister 27 (32) 17
33
Because something can be expected of the prime minister's policy
measures 20 (21) 22 19

Q: (Only for those who answered "no" to the above question) Why?

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T P M F
Because the prime minister is from the Liberal Democratic Party 8
(6) 10 6
Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister's leadership
38 (34) 35 42
Because there's no fresh image about the prime minister 4 (6) 3 5
Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister's policy
measures 47 (50) 50 43

Q: Which political party do you support?

T P M F
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 24 (22) 23 25
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 24 (25) 31 18
New Komeito (NK) 4 (5) 4 4
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 3 (3) 4 2
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1 (2) 1 1
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 1 (0) 0 1
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0 (0) 1 0
Other political parties 1 (0) 2 1
None 39 (40) 32 45

Q: Prime Minister Fukuda shuffled his cabinet and renewed the LDP's
executive lineup. Do you support this?

T P M F
Yes 31 26 35
No 56 67 47

Q: (Only for those who answered "yes" to the above question) Why?

T P M F
There's something new and fresh 20 18 21
The prime minister displayed leadership 13 10 14
The prime minister appointed appropriate persons 45 49 43
The prime minister considered the ruling parties 13 16 11

Q: (Only for those who answered "no" to the above question) Why?

T P M F
There's nothing new or fresh 21 22 20
The prime minister didn't display leadership 27 28 25
The prime minister didn't appoint appropriate persons 21 19 23
The prime minister considered the ruling parties too much 24 26 22

Q: Do you think the prime minister's political goal is now clear
with his cabinet shuffle?

T P M F
Yes 18 19 17
No 72 74 70

Q: Prime Minister Fukuda appointed Taro Aso to the post of LDP
secretary general. Do you look to LDP Secretary General Aso for
something?

T P M F
Yes 57 54 56
No 36 40 33

Q: When do you think the House of Representatives should be

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dissolved for a general election?

T P M F
As early as possible 45 52 40
Late this year or early next year 8 10 6
Next spring 22 19 25
No need to dissolve 13 13 13

Q: Which one between the LDP and the DPJ would you like to see win
in the next election for the House of Representatives?

T P M F
LDP 31 (25) 28 35
DPJ 46 (46) 55 38
Other political parties 12 (16) 11 13

(Note) Figures shown in percentage, rounded off. "0" indicates that
the figure was below 0.5 PERCENT . "No answer" omitted. Figures in
parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted July
12-13.

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Aug. 1-2 over the
telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit
sampling (RDS) basis. A total of 1,532 households with one or more
eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 921 persons
(60 PERCENT ).

(9) Sankei-FNN poll on new Fukuda cabinet, political parties, MSDF
mission, Takeshima issue

SANKEI (Page 5) (Full)
August 5, 2008

Questions & Answers

(Note) Figures shown in percentage. Figures in parentheses denote
findings from the last Sankei-FNN survey conducted July 12-13.

Q: Do you support the new Fukuda cabinet?

Yes 29.3 (21.7)
No 51.5 (61.2)
Don't know (D/K) + Can't say which (CSW) 19.2 (17.1)

Q: Which political party do you support?

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 27.0 (23.0)
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 26.6 (29.0)
New Komeito (NK) 4.0 (4.6)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 3.1 (3.5)
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1.2 (1.5)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0.6 (0.5)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0.0 (0.1)
Other answers (O/A) 1.3 (1.0)
None 34.3 (35.6)
D/K + Can't say (C/S) 1.9 (1.2)

Q: Do you appreciate Prime Minister Fukuda and his cabinet on the
following points?

Personal character
Yes 42.9 (45.3)

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No 46.2 (44.9)
D/K+CSW 10.9 (9.8)

Leadership
Yes 12.3 (10.7)
No 74.2 (79.6)
D/K+CSW 13.5 (9.7)

Performance
Yes 14.1
No 69.7
D/K+CSW 16.2

Foreign policy
Yes 18.0 (17.8)
No 64.8 (66.0)
D/K+CSW 17.2 (16.2)

Economic policy
Yes 7.9 (7.2)
No 80.0 (79.5)
D/K+CSW 12.1 (13.3)

Response to healthcare, pension issues
Yes 20.7 (12.9)
No 70.7 (77.5)
D/K+CSW 8.6 (9.6)

North Korea policy
Yes 12.8 (14.9)
No 72.1 (71.9)
D/K+CSW 15.1 (13.2)

Q: What's your impression of the new Fukuda cabinet?

None the better for the change 38.1
Featureless 22.3
Well-balanced 20.0
Talented 7.3
Surprising 4.0
Fresh 2.0
D/A+C/S 6.3

Q: Who do you look forward to most in the new Fukuda cabinet?

Health, Labor & Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe 24.4
State Minister for Consumer Affairs Seiko Noda 8.7
State Minister for Abduction Issue Kyoko Nakayama 6.0
State Minister for Economic & Fiscal Policy Kaoru Yosano 2.8
Internal Affairs & Communications Minister Hiroya Masuda 1.2
Land, Infrastructure & Transport Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki 1.2
Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura 1.1
Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura 0.8
Finance Minister Bunmei Ibuki 0.8
Defense Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi 0.7
Environment Minister Tetsuo Saito 0.6
State Minister for Financial Services & Administrative Reform
Toshimitsu Motegi 0.6
Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Minister Seiichi Ota 0.4
Justice Minister Okiharu Yasuoka 0.3
Education, Science & Technology Minister Tsuneo Suzuki 0.3
Economy, Trade & Industry Minister Toshihiro Nikai 0.3

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National Public Safety Commission Chairman Mikio Hayashi 0.0
O/A 10.5
None 23.8
D/K+C/S 15.5

Q: What do you think about the timing of the cabinet shuffle?

Right 25.9
Too early 11.4
Too late 51.1
D/K+C/S 11.6

Q: What would you like Prime Minister Fukuda and his government to
pursue on a priority basis?

Fiscal policy to cut down on waste 28.2 (38.8)
Social security, including healthcare and pension systems 23.5
(26.4)
Economic measures, including price stabilization 21.4 (14.3)
Tax reform, including the consumption tax 6.6 (4.7)
Consumer affairs 5.9 (3.8)
Global warming 5.0 (4.6)
North Korea issues 3.1 (1.8)
Public security 2.0 (2.6)
D/K+C/S 4.3 (3.0)

Q: What form of government would you like to see after the next
election for the House of Representatives?

LDP-led coalition government 19.2
DPJ-led coalition government 33.4
LDP-DPJ grand coalition 39.4
D/K+C/S 8.0

Q: When would you like the next election for the House of
Representatives to take place?

Within this year 36.8
During the first half of next year 35.1
During the latter half of next year 20.2
D/K+C/S 7.9

Q: How long do you think Prime Minister Fukuda's government will
continue?

Several months or so at longest 20.6
Until some time around the next election for the House of
Representatives 50.5
Until around the fall of next year 18.9
Until after the fall of next year 5.0
D/K+C/S 5.0

Q: Do you support extending the new Antiterrorism Special Measures
Law to back up U.S.-led military operations in Afghanistan?

Yes 32.3
No 53.0
D/K+CSW 14.7

Q: Both Japan and South Korea claim territorial rights to Takeshima,
a pair of rocky islets in the Sea of Japan. Do you think Takeshima
is part of Japan's territory?

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Yes 73.7
No 8.1
D/K+CSW 18.2

Q: Do you think the Japanese government should claim territorial
rights to Takeshima even more strongly?

Yes 75.0
No 13.0
D/K+CSW 12.0

Q: Who do you think is most appropriate for Japan's prime minister
among the following politicians?

LDP Secretary General Taro Aso 23.0 (19.1)
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi 17.4 (19.6)
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda 6.4 (6.0)
Health, Labor & Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe 4.7
Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike 2.6 (4.0)
State Minister for Economic & Fiscal Policy Kaoru Yosano 1.5 (1.1)
State Minister for Consumer Affairs Seiko Noda 0.7
Other ruling party lawmakers 3.0 (3.3)
DPJ President Ichiro Ozawa 12.8 (11.1)
Other opposition party lawmakers 6.1 (6.7)
None 17.9 (21.6)
D/K+C/S 3.9 (4.7)

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Aug. 2-3 by the Sankei
Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) over the telephone on a
computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. For the survey, a
total of 1,000 persons were sampled from among men and women, aged
20 and over, across the nation.

(10) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi & Mainichi:
Guerrilla downpour hit Kanto region

Yomiuri:
Tianyang Food-made dumplings found to have caused food poisoning in
China

Nikkei:
JAL, ANA to terminate routes due to skyrocketing fuel costs

Sankei:
Chinese police beat, detain two Japanese reporters, growing concern
about oppression of free speech

Tokyo Shimbun:
Two die in accidents in Tokyo sewage system after sudden
thunderstorm

Akahata:
140 million tons of CO2 emitted in Iraq war

(11) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) 63rd anniversary of atomic bombing: Nuclear abolition is not an
empty dream

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Mainichi:
(1) Atomic-bomb day: World must aim at eliminating nuclear weapons
(2) Terrorist attack in Xinjiang leaves uncertainty over Beijing
Olympics

Yomiuri:
(1) Day of atomic bombing: Nuclear proliferation must be stopped
(2) Overloading caused escalator incident

Nikkei:
(1) Bribes in developing countries not conventional wisdom but
crime
(2) Don't slack monitoring moves toward nuclear proliferation

Sankei:
(1) Atomic-bomb day: Government should renew resolve to prevent
North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons
(2) ODA bribes: Bid farewell to unfair business practice

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Consider on atomic-bomb day

Akahata:
(1) 63rd anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki:
Envelop forces still insisting on nuclear deterrence

(12) Prime Minister's schedule, August 5

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
August 6, 2008

09:34
Executive meeting at the party headquarters.

10:02
Cabinet meeting at the Kantei. Then meeting at the Decentralization
Reform Promotion Headquarters. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister
Masuzoe remained.

10:56
Met with Tokyo Dental College President Yuzuru Kaneko and bereaved
kin of late former Upper House President Inoue, followed by former
MEXT Minister Kawamura.

11:50
Met with Former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Ono.

12:00
Met with Space Development Strategy Headquarters Secretariat
Establishment Preparation Office Chief Toyoda. Then met with Ono,
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shionoya and Iwaki.

12:44
Arrived at the official residence.

13:26
Informal representation at the Imperial Palace. Then attestation
ceremony for senior vice minister.

16:16
Photo session with the senior vice ministers at the Kantei. Then

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gives assignments to the chief Vice Cabinet Office minister. Then
meeting of senior vice ministers. Met with Chief Cabinet Secretary
Machimura.

16:32
Arrived at the official residence.

18:01
Left Haneda Airport on JAL 1615.

18:30
Meeting with Masuzoe on the plane.

18:57
Arrived at Hiroshima Airport.

20:15
Dinner with secretary and others at Steak & Seafood Boston, a
restaurant in Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima City. Stayed at the
hotel overnight.

SCHIEFFER

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