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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Wto Doha Round

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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 - WTO DOHA ROUND

1. LEAD STORIES: Front-page stories on Thursday morning
included speculation that Prime Minister Fukuda will
shuffle his cabinet next week.

2. "Don't Let Free Trade Float Away" The liberal Tokyo
Shimbun editorialized (7/31): "...The U.S.'s
face-to-face confrontation with China and India, whose
influence has been increasing in international trade
due to their rapid economic growth, can be deemed a
historic development. This appears to indicate a change
in the dynamics at WTO talks and a decline in the power
of the U.S., which has long led WTO talks with its
strong economic power.... Leaders from China, India,
and other nations took part in the Toyako summit along
with the G8 nations. The U.S. should recognize that we
now live in an era in which the international community
cannot tackle global issues, including climate change,
without a spirit of give and take."

3. "Who Will Protect World from Protectionism?" The
business-oriented Nikkei's editorial contended (7/31):
"The ghost of protectionism is about to rise from its
grave.... The free trade system, which has sustained
global economic growth, is currently facing a serious
crisis. Developed nations have taken the initiative in
making international rules, and developing countries
have followed them. However, this era has ended. The
breakdown of the recent WTO ministerial illustrated the
hard fact that the dynamics of the world order have
changed."

SCHIEFFER

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