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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - U.S.-Japan Foreign Ministerial

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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 - U.S.-JAPAN FOREIGN MINISTERIAL
MEETING AND JAPAN-CHINA SUMMIT

1. LEAD STORIES: All Wednesday morning papers gave top play to Prime
Minister Hatoyama's speech on Tuesday at the UN climate change
summit, during which he reiterated Japan's mid-term goal of reducing
its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990
levels.

2. "No Better Way to Win Trust than by Taking Action" The
conservative Sankei editorialized (9/23): "Secretary of State
Clinton and Foreign Minister Okada confirmed during their meeting in
New York that the two nations will place importance on the
U.S.-Japan alliance under the new administration led by Prime
Minister Hatoyama.... Although Okada assessed his meeting with the
Secretary positively by saying that he got off to a good start,
resolving the issues of U.S. force realignment and Japan's support
for Afghanistan will not be easy.... A summit between President
Obama and Prime Minister Hatoyama will be held on September 23.
Although Hatoyama plans to first establish a relationship of trust
with the President, the fastest way to build trust is to take action
in resolving outstanding issues."

3. "Build Trust through 'Diplomacy with Fraternity'" The liberal
Mainichi stated in an editorial (9/23): "For the Hatoyama
administration, which places importance on Asia, Japan's relations
with China are as important as its ties with the U.S.... Hatoyama
will be tested on how he uses his idea of 'diplomacy with
fraternity' in building a relationship of trust with Asian
nations... Nations in East Asia have different political systems,
cultures, and values. As economic differences also exist among those
nations, creating a community in the region will not be as easy as
it is to talk about."

4. "'Fraternity' Alone Will Not Move Diplomacy Forward" The moderate
Yomiuri argued in an editorial (9/23): "Concerning the issue of gas
field development in the East China Sea, which is one of the
concerns of Japan and China, Prime Minister Hatoyama stated during
his meeting with Chinese President Hu that the two nations should
make the region a 'sea of fraternity, instead of a sea of
dispute'.... However, China made moves this summer that could be
taken as preparations for unilateral development of the gas field.
This is a good example of the concern that the idea of 'fraternity'
may not be enough for Japan's diplomacy toward China."

5. "What Is the Key to Achieving Japan's Diplomatic Goal?" The
liberal Tokyo Shimbun editorialized (9/23): "Prime Minister Hatoyama
stated during his meeting with Chinese President Hu that he will
seek a relationship of 'fraternity,' so that Japan and China will be
able to overcome their differences.... It is important not to
provoke any doubt from the U.S. The U.S. did not hide its objection
to the idea of an East Asian community out of concern that the
scheme is aimed at excluding the U.S. Winning trust from the U.S.
through summit diplomacy is a more pressing challenge for Hatoyama
than doing so with China. Strengthening U.S.-Japan relations is the
key to influencing China."

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