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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 Wednesday morning
included the Japanese securities firm Nomura Holdings'
agreement with Lehman Brothers to purchase the U.S.
company's European and Middle Eastern operations in
addition to its Asia-Pacific business.

2. "Concern about Pakistan Becoming Asia's Arms Market"
The moderate Yomiuri editorialized (9/24): "...The
bombing of a Marriot Hotel in Islamabad appears to have
been a cowardly attack by Islamist extremists on
President Zardari, who has limited political experience
and is following in the path of his assassinated wife
former President Bhutto. How will he contain these
armed insurgents? The situation facing Zardari is
serious.... A split has emerged with the U.S., which
was a close ally of Pakistan under the Musharraf
government.... The people of Pakistan are living in
dire poverty due to rising oil and food prices. Their
anger is aimed at the Zardari administration and the
U.S. We need to prevent Pakistan from being caught in a
vicious circle of anti-American sentiment and poverty
that would lead its people to carry out suicide
bombings and other acts of terrorism that would only
worsen such problems. We must also not allow Pakistan
to become Asia's arms market."

SCHIEFFER

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