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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Wto, Cop14, And

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TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
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CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - WTO, COP14, AND
THAILAND

1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Tuesday morning
included the start on Monday of the Japanese Air Self-
Defense Force's withdrawal from Kuwait following the
completion of its five-year airlift operation in Iraq.

2. "Fear about Possible Rise in Protectionism" The
conservative Sankei's editorial stated (12/16): "The
WTO Doha Round talks failed to break the deadlock and
gave up on its goal of reaching an agreement by the
year's end. This is very regrettable, as the trade
liberalization talks, in which 153 nations and regions
take part, were expected to help stop the deterioration
of the world economy that was hit by the financial
crisis."

3. "No Room to Halt Negotiation" The liberal Tokyo
Shimbun editorialized (12/16): "The COP14 meeting held
in Poznan, Poland, postponed an agreement on
international commitments to achieving a goal of post-
Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions cuts. As the deadline
for the negotiation is only a year ahead, no further
standstill is allowed... Eleven years have past since
the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol. Efforts until now
should not be spoiled."

4. "Poznan Conference Postpones Problems" The business-
oriented Nikkei said in an editorial (12/16): "... It
will not be easy to reach an agreement by the end of
next year by taking differing interests of about 190
nations into consideration. The end of the Bush
administration, which has been negative about the
environmental issues, will likely expedite the
negotiation. As well-versed experts are expected to
work on the climate change negotiation under the Obama
administration, the U.S. will likely announce its own
policy soon after the launch of the new
administration."

5. "Dialogue Needed for Conciliation" The liberal Asahi
editorialized (12/16): "As a democratic leader in
Southeast Asia, will Thailand be able to restore
stability? The new prime minister needs to take
immediate steps to reduce confrontation and hatred and
restore stability in the country through dialogue with
the Thai people."

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