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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Global Economy

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - GLOBAL ECONOMY

1. LEAD STORIES: All Friday morning papers gave top or
front-page play to the announcements on Thursday by the
world's top central banks, including the Bank of Japan,
to pump more than $180 billion into short-term money
markets in a coordinated effort to ease the global
credit crunch.

2. "Every Possible Effort Should Be Made to Stabilize
Markets" The liberal Asahi editorialized (9/19): "The
U.S.-originated financial crisis is spreading rapidly
throughout the world... We hope financial authorities
of the U.S., Japan, and Europe will take appropriate
measures to protect their financial systems... The U.S.
government rescued the American International Group
(AIG) while abandoning Lehman Brothers. It cast a
dollar-supply net throughout the world when the market
was shaken. Actions by U.S. authorities appear too
slow... It is important to make swift decisions and
take every possible measure."

3. "Crisis Enters New Stage" The liberal Mainichi
stated in an editorial (9/19): "Central banks of the
U.S., Japan, and Europe took coordinated emergency
action to prevent the financial crisis from
spreading... The move indicates the shift of the crisis
from concern about bankruptcies of individual financial
institutions to a more serious stage where malfunction
of the entire financial system is worried... Financial
authorities of the U.S., Japan, and Europe need to take
appropriate cooperative action by closely sharing
information."

4. "Coordinated Action Reflects Spread of Financial
Crisis" The business-oriented Nikkei wrote in an
editorial (9/19): "...The concerted action by the U.S.,
Japan, and Europe appears to reflect the fact that the
financial crisis that was triggered by the bankruptcy
of Lehman Brothers is spreading worldwide. We hope
financial authorities of each nation will make
additional efforts to stabilize the financial markets
by further reinforcing their coordination."

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