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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Apec Summit

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - APEC SUMMIT


LEAD STORIES: Most Wednesday morning dailies
front-paged articles related to the issue of extending
the MSDF refueling operation in the Indian Ocean,
including Tuesday's press conference in Bahrain by a
senior US Navy official, who called for Japan's
continued participation in the war on terrorism, as
well the disclosure that the maritime security
operation by the "coalition of the willing" had stopped
eight cases of piracy and other offenses in the Indian
Ocean over the past five years.

"APEC Declaration Sets Path Toward Emissions Cuts" The
business-oriented Nikkei editorialized (9/12): "In
their meeting in Sydney, APEC leaders agreed to enhance
cooperation on global warming. It is meaningful that
the leaders of these 21 economies, which account for a
combined 60 percent of global economic output, agreed
on the seriousness of global warming and pledged their
efforts to find a solution. Their agreement, however,
is only a starting point, and the wording used in the
APEC statement and declaration lacks specifics. APEC
members should use this as a springboard toward swiftly
compiling effective policy measures to combat climate
change.... The true accomplishment at this APEC summit
was not that the participants set numerical goals. What
is significant is that the 21 members, including the US
and Australia, which are not signatories to the Kyoto
Protocol, and China, which is not obligated by Kyoto to
cut its emissions, have begun seriously exploring a
post-Kyoto framework."

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