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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Pakistan

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - PAKISTAN


1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Monday morning include
the Japanese government's plan to strengthen monitoring
of foreign airlines serving in Japan with an aim of
improving safety of their operations.

2. "U.S. Concerned about Rise in Extremists" The
liberal Asahi's report from Washington claimed (12/31):
"Criticism of the Bush administration's policy of
giving complete support for President Musharraf is
emerging in the U.S. following the assassination of
former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto. A call for the
resignation of Musharraf is heard in the U.S. as well.
The U.S. Department of State made a quick move to
contact a wider range of political groups in Pakistan,
including former Prime Minister Sharif, whose
connection with Islamist extremists has been of
concern. The U.S. government is afraid of the further
rise of Muslim extremists in Pakistan. If the Pakistani
government were to weaken, extremists would likely
increase their activities and the situation in
Afghanistan could further deteriorate. Washington is
also concerned about Pakistan's control of its nuclear
weapons. The U.S. government had pinned its hope on
charismatic opposition leader Bhutto's potential
coalition with the unpopular Musharraf administration.
Although Washington has given a total of $10 billion in
military and other forms of aid to Pakistan since 9/11,
doubts about the effectiveness of such assistance are
emerging in the U.S."

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