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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Nagorno-Karabakh

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - NAGORNO-KARABAKH
CONFLICT AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

1. LEAD STORIES: Top items on Tuesday morning included
the U.S. presidential election, with papers saying that
Sen. Obama appears to be leading Sen. McCain in many
states.

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2. "Russia Playing up Results of Mediation" The top-
circulation, moderate Yomiuri wrote from Moscow (11/4):
"The political declaration concerning the Nagorno-
Karabakh conflict brokered by Russian President
Medvedev and signed by the presidents of Azerbaijan and
Armenia falls far short of setting a roadmap for
resolving the dispute. Rather, it only allows Russia to
trumpet the results of its mediation efforts. Russia,
by leading the arbitration process, hopes to maintain
its clout in the Caucasus region."

3. "Lessons from Great Depression" The liberal Tokyo
Shimbun editorialized (11/3): "From the U.S. viewpoint,
maintaining America's leadership in the global
financial system based on the U.S. dollar that has
lasted for more than 60 years must be the foremost
goal. On the other hand, Europe, which has nurtured the
euro, is ready to take advantage of the current
financial crisis to increase its profile. In a
worst-case scenario, the two sides might engage in a
tug-of-war over financial hegemony.... No state can
enjoy prosperity in the absence of coordination with
others, nor can it be well-off at the expense of
others. Joining hands to overcome difficulties is the
only way forward."

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