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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Afghanistan

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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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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - AFGHANISTAN

1. LEAD STORIES: Front-page items this morning included
a Yomiuri piece from Detroit on the struggling U.S.
auto industry.

2. "U.S. Asking Europe to Take Coordinated Steps in
Afghanistan" On JCS Chairman Adm. Mullen's remarks
expressing America's readiness to double its force
presence in Afghanistan, the business-oriented Nikkei
wrote from New Delhi (12/23): "Behind Washington's
desire to have the U.S. and Europe jointly enhancing
their troop presence in Afghanistan lie its intention
to move away from the current policy of resisting
Taliban offensives and instead expanding the
coalition's sphere of influence by taking advantage of
the greater mobility of coalition troops.... The U.S.
military appears to have the view that in order to
fundamentally improve the security situation in
Afghanistan, there is no choice but to hold peace talks

with the Taliban in the judgment that a complete
military victory will be difficult. To that end, the
U.S. hopes to turn the current situation around through

the joint deployment with Europe of additional troops
and to ratchet up military pressure on the Taliban."

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