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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Global Economy, North

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - GLOBAL ECONOMY, NORTH
KOREA AND PAKISTAN

1. LEAD STORIES: Most Tuesday morning papers
front-paged a coordinated decision by the central banks
of the U.S., Japan, and Europe to provide financial
markets an additional $330 billion in liquidity in
order to make credit available in dollars amid a freeze
in lending among commercial banks.

2. "Bailout Scheme Must be Effective" On the U.S. plan
to bail out the financial industry, the conservative
Sankei editorialized (8/30): "What is critical is to
employ all tools available in order to preempt a
financial depression. Elections must not be used as an
excuse to prevent that."

3. "Assistant Secretary Hill Is Facing Crucial Moment"
A Washington correspondent for the top-circulation,
moderate Yomiuri wrote (9/30): "In his upcoming trip to
Pyongyang, Assistant Secretary of State Hill will
attempt to find common ground on the issue of nuclear
verification in order to jumpstart the nuclear
disablement process. If his diplomacy falters, however,
the U.S. and South Korea would likely suspend energy
assistance for North Korea in order to counter its
restoration of nuclear facilities at Yongbyon. The six-
party talks appear to be at a crossroads."

4. "Turmoil in Nuclear State Worrisome" On growing
political instability in Pakistan, the liberal Asahi
asserted in an editorial (9/30): "What is worrisome is
that Pakistan possesses nuclear arsenals. If the
Zardari government's grip on power wanes, such weapons
may fall into the hands of terrorists. This must be
prevented at all costs. Preoccupation with Afghanistan
runs the risk of undermining security in Pakistan and
this is very dangerous.... The international community
should prioritize supporting the civilian Pakistani
government in order to help it tamp down domestic
unrest."


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