Cablegate: Daily Summary of Japanese Press 10/01/09

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(1) Pact with United States not only SOFA Japan has concluded

(2) Diversity seen in fundraising methods of Hatoyama
administration's cabinet ministers (Yomiuri)

(3) Ozawa continues to give top priority to elections; DPJ members
dissatisfied with delay in party appointments (Yomiuri)

(4) China trying to expand its territorial waters in "sea of
fraternity"; Deploys research vessel near Senkaku to continue work
at gas field (Yomiuri)

(5) Field report from Afghanistan: Poor security situation obstacle
to civilian aid (Yomiuri)

(6) Message to the nation (Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet)


(1) Pact with United States not only SOFA Japan has concluded

SANKEI (Page 7) (Abridged)
October 1, 2009

Kunihiko Miyake, a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University and
research director of the Canon Institute for Global Studies

The propriety of "proposing" the revision of the Japan-U.S. Status
of Forces Agreement (SOFA) has been discussed lately. The pact with
the United States is not the only SOFA Japan has concluded; Japan
has concluded similar agreements with such countries as Kuwait and
Djibouti since 2003.

Let us take a look at the agreement with Djibouti. It is formally
called "Exchanges of Notes between the Government of Japan and the
Government of the Republic of Djibouti concerning the status of the
Self-Defense Forces of Japan, etc. in the Republic of Djibouti." The
agreement contains a provision pertaining to criminal jurisdiction
over SDF personnel sent to Djibouti.

According to the provision, Japanese personnel, including SDF
personnel, are granted the privileges and immunities specified in
the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The provision also
stipulates that Japan "has the right to exercise within the
territory of the Republic of Djibouti criminal jurisdiction and
disciplinary powers over all (the Japanese) personnel."

In short, SDF personnel are exempt from Djiboutian criminal
jurisdiction and are subject only to Japanese criminal jurisdiction.
I believe the terms are the same in Kuwait and Iraq, where SDF
personnel were also dispatched. Needless to say, the terms do not
constitute a violation of sovereignty.

Although a simple comparison cannot be made, the Japan-U.S. Status
of Forces Agreement is generally favorable to Japan, the host
nation. For instance, if an off-duty U.S. service member is caught
red-handed by Japanese police, Japan will keep the service member in

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If an off-duty U.S. service member commits a crime and is on a U.S.
military base, the U.S. side will have custody of the individual
until he or she is indicted in Japan. However, if accused of heinous
crimes such as rape and murder, the service member can be
transferred to Japanese custody prior to indictment.

Although their names differ, the Japan-U.S. and Japan-Djibouti
agreements are equally effective. As far as criminal jurisdiction is
concerned, Japan has more rights regarding foreign troops than
Djibouti does.

The Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement now in force gives Japan,
the host nation, primary jurisdiction over U.S. service members who
committed crimes while off duty, as is the case with NATO nations
and South Korea. Further, Japan is a step ahead of other countries
regarding the pre-indictment transfer of custody.

I do not think the Japan-U.S. SOFA is markedly unfair when viewed

In addition, a joint committee has been established to solve new
problems under the SOFA. As a result of serious discussions between
Japan and the United States over the last 50 years, a large number
of agreements have been reached by joint committees and implemented.
It can be said that the Japan-U.S. SOFA has been "revised" daily.

Some are calling for inclusion of environmental rights in the SOFA
on the model of the German agreement. But in every instance of
environmental pollution, the matter has been referred to a joint
committee and settled according to local circumstances.

Of course, I do not mean to say that achievements until now have
been sufficient. I support the idea of "proposing" the revision of
the SOFA as necessary. However, I am deeply skeptical about the
appropriateness of top Japanese and U.S. leaders taking political
risks to discuss environmental cases amenable to effective solution
by joint committee.

To deliver on what was promised in the manifesto (of the Democratic
Party of Japan), it would be sufficient to order administrative
officials to bring the question of environmental rights to the
attention of the U.S. side at Japan-U.S. joint committee meetings. A
raft of security issues require earnest discussion by Japan and the
United States. The new administration must use the assets conferred
by its public mandate more effectively.

(2) Diversity seen in fundraising methods of Hatoyama
administration's cabinet ministers

YOMIURI (Page 3) (Full)
October 1, 2009

Political reporters Kenichi Aoyama, Junya Hashimoto

The political funds accounting reports of Prime Minister Yukio
Hatoyama and 17 cabinet ministers reflect the fact that the
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is a potpourri of political forces,
with its members ranging from former Japan Socialist Party members
to former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members, and there is great
diversity in their fundraising methods. While the party advocates a
complete ban on donations from companies and organizations, the main

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source of income for many of its cabinet ministers is donations from
companies or labor unions. It appears that there is a considerable
gap between the DPJ's ideal and reality.


At a news conference held after the cabinet meeting on September 29,
Health and Labor Minister Akira Nagatsuma said: "I don't think all
corporate and organizational donations are evil, but there is the
possibility of being misunderstood (being suspected of collusion)."
He emphasized that he will not rely on corporate and organizational
donations. In fact, Nagatsuma has not received any such donations.
Of the total income of his fund management organization and the DPJ
chapter he chairs, 70 percent (27.36 million yen) consisted of
personal donations, while the rest was mostly government subsidy
handed over from the party.

The share of corporate and organizational donations in Hatoyama's
political funds is also negligible.

The DPJ submitted an amendment to the Political Funds Control Law to
the House of Representatives in June that will impose a total ban on
the purchase by companies and organizations of tickets for political
fundraising parties in three years. This was also included in its
campaign pledges (manifesto), and the party's policy is to "make
efforts to enact this bill," according to Nagatsuma.

Corporate, organizational donations

However, powerful cabinet ministers in the party actually receive
large amounts of donations from groups and companies, especially
labor unions. If the law is enacted, some Diet members will lose a
lucrative source of income.

Around 70-80 percent of the political funds of Minister of Economy,
Trade, and Industry Masayuki Naoshima, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hirofumi Hirano, and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and
Fisheries Hirotaka Akamatsu came from companies, labor unions, and
other groups. All three are Diet members affiliated with Rengo
(Japanese Trade Union Confederation), and they all receive large
amounts of donations from the labor unions and related groups that
they once belonged to.

In the case of Naoshima, 77 percent or 52.5 million yen of his total
political funds came from groups related to the Federation of All
Toyota Workers' Unions, where he used to be an official. Hirano
received 51 million yen in donations from the Japanese Electrical,
Electronic, and Information Union and Matsushita Electrical Co. (now
Panasonic Corporation). Akamatsu not only received a total of 45
million yen from the All Japan Federation of Transport Workers'
Unions and the All Nittsu Labor Union, but also raised funds from
many businesses, including from the pachinko and fisheries
industries. Organizational and corporate donations constituted 69
percent of his political funds.

Akamatsu said that he will "make efforts to switch to personal
donations from now on" at his news conference after the cabinet
meeting on September 29, indicating that he will conform with the
party's policy. But he also said: "It is too harsh to ask one person
alone to stop right away."

LDP style

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Some cabinet ministers' main source of political funds is
fundraising parties, which is similar to the style of the LDP.

Income from fundraising parties and other activities constituted a
significant part of Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada's political
funds. His fund management group, the "Katsuya Okada Support
Organization" raised 94.57 million yen by holding seven "political
and economic seminars" in Tokyo and his constituency in Mie, and
this made up 64 percent of his total funds.

Since the DPJ has decided to ban the purchase of tickets for
fundraising parties by companies and groups, party members complain
that "it is now difficult to ask companies and organizations to buy
tickets." It is possible that there might be a significant change in
the DPJ Diet members' fundraising methods when the 2009 political
funds accounting reports are issued next year.

Ozawa's group sold some properties

How about the coffers of Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, the real
power holder in the Hatoyama administration? His government-paid
first secretary has been arrested for receiving illegal donations
from second-tier general contractor Nishimatsu Construction Co.

The total income of Ozawa's fund management group Rikuzan-kai, the
DPJ chapter in the fourth district of Iwate, and five other
political groups related to Ozawa in 2008 was 240.79 million yen
(excluding funds carried over from last year and redundant entries).
The Rikuzai-kai's income, including redundant entries, was 163.03
million yen, representing an increase of 57 percent over the
previous year. This made up 70 percent of total political funds.

The Rikuzan-kai is the only fundraising group of Diet members at the
national level that owns real property. The increase in its income
was from the sale of a property in Tokyo worth 110 million yen in
July 2008, which was logged as "miscellaneous income." This property
is the land and building formerly used by the International Exchange
Foundation, which Ozawa chairs, as its office. Ozawa's office
explained that, "Since the Foundation is having financial
difficulties, we donated the property."

The Nishimatsu scandal is related to Nishimatsu's alleged political
donations in 1997-2006 to Rikuzan-kai and two other groups using the
names of fictitious political groups in order for the donations not
to be traced.

The Rikuzan-kai received 52.59 million yen in donations in 2008, of
which 15.57 million yen was personal donations, while 37.02 million
yen was from political groups.

The breakdown is as follows: 21 million yen from the DPJ chapter in
the fourth district of Iwate, which Ozawa chairs; 12 million yen
from the political group "Ichiro Ozawa Political and Economic Study
Group"; 1 million yen from the Nippon Pharmacy Association; and so
forth. Four fundraising parties were held in 2008, generating 63.49
million yen in income. The DPJ chapter in the fourth district of
Iwate, which is the only body receiving corporate and organizational
donations, obtained donations from companies and other organizations
to the amount of 25.17 million yen (18 percent less than the
previous year).

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As of the end of 2008, the Rikuzan-kai owned properties in Tokyo,
Iwate, and Miyagi worth 924.29 million yen which were used as
offices and housing for secretaries. According to the real estate
registers, the Rikuzan-kai sold two more properties on July 10,
2009, so it currently owns properties worth 867.54 million yen.
Ozawa's office says it is "taking the appropriate procedures in the
order of properties that can be disposed of most easily."

The Political Funds Control Law has prohibited the acquisition of
new properties by politicians' fund management groups since 2007.
Reports on the state of usage are required for properties acquired
before that date.

(3) Ozawa continues to give top priority to elections; DPJ members
dissatisfied with delay in party appointments

YOMIURI (Page 4) (Full)
October 1, 2009

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa gave
his first news conference after becoming the party's secretary
general on September 30. He took a bullish stance on the House of
Councillors election in summer 2010, planning to field two official
candidates in the two-seat constituencies. He thus demonstrated his
intention to lead the party's election campaign. DPJ members have
expressed dissatisfaction with Ozawa's management of the party
because he has refused to reveal his appointments to key positions.

Ozawa's first news conference was held in Shizuoka City because he
was there to announce the candidacy of Hirokazu Tsuchida, 59,
chairman of a medical corporation, in the Upper House by-election in
Shizuoka Prefecture on October 25. Ozawa said: "The DPJ alone still
does not control a majority in the Upper House. This by-election
concerns a very important seat. We will give all possible support
(to Tsuchida)," expressing his enthusiasm for this election.

Another Upper House by-election is also taking place in Kanagawa
Prefecture on the same day. The DPJ hopes to win both elections,
riding on its momentum in the recent House of Representatives
election, and keep this momentum until the full Upper House

Ozawa has continued to give top priority to elections in his
activities even after the Lower House election.

At his news conference on September 30, Ozawa also said, "We will
seek the support of all groups that have expectations on the new
administration," hinting at his desire to co-opt the support groups
of the Liberal Democratic Party. Ozawa will head for Kobe City on
October 1 to announce the candidate endorsed by the DPJ in the
mayoral election there.

No one in the DPJ is in a position to complain about Ozawa's
campaign strategy right now.

Participants in a forum for newly elected DPJ Diet members held in
Tokyo on the evening of September 29 lavished praises on Ozawa.
Lower House member Yukiko Miyake said: "Prime Minister Hatoyama will
have to excuse me when I say that anybody can become a prime
minister, but Mr. Ozawa is the only person who can do what Mr. Ozawa
is doing. He is a genius when it comes to elections."

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However, there is also dissatisfaction with Ozawa in the party.

Ozawa has still not announced the appointments for deputy secretary
general, who assists the secretary general, the chairman of the
election strategy committee, and other key positions. There are
speculations that "Mr. Ozawa begrudges the smooth launching of the
Hatoyama administration, and he has not announced the appointments
because he is unhappy."

Diet members who did not get an appointment in the administration
also complain about the abolition of the DPJ's policy research
bodies at Ozawa's suggestion, which has made the submission of bills
by Diet members more difficult. They are saying: "We have no more
work to do."

Ozawa has not held the secretary general's regular news conference
even once after taking office. Some Diet members fear that "this may
result in insufficient publicity for the party."

A veteran Diet member explains that, "Not saying much in order to
strengthen his leadership is the Ozawa style. DPJ Diet members are
all unsettled by this Ozawa style."

(4) China trying to expand its territorial waters in "sea of
fraternity"; Deploys research vessel near Senkaku to continue work
at gas field

YOMIURI (Top play) (Abridged)
September 30, 2009

In early August, a large Chinese oceanographic research vessel
suddenly approached the 12 nautical miles (about 22 kilometers) of
Japanese waters around Uotsuri Island in the Senkaku Islands in
Okinawa Prefecture in the East China Sea. A Japan Coast Guard (JCG)
patrol boat then placed itself between the island and the Chinese
research vessel, and the two faced off against each other across the
territorial waters line. They were only 200 to 300 meters away from
each other.

The JCG patrol boat issued a Chinese-language message ordering the
research vessel to immediately leave the Japanese waters. But the
Chinese vessel did not budge.

"This type of occurrence has now become an everyday event," said a
source connected with the 11th Regional Japan Coast Guard
Headquarters. Late last year China, which has claimed its
sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands, permanently deployed a
research vessel in waters near the islands. The Chinese research
vessel faces Japanese territorial waters around the clock. It is no
longer unusual for the research vessel to enter Japanese territorial

The permanent deployment of the research vessel is tantamount to
China's declaration that the Senkaku Islands, which are called
Diaoyu in China, are in Chinese territory. The move reflects China's
naval expansion and intention to secure resources resulting from its
economic growth. Given slim chances of a showdown with the United
States, China has begun making serious efforts to expand its
territorial waters.

Such an attempt is evident in gas fields in the East China Sea as
well. Japan and China agreed last year to jointly develop the

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Shirakaba gas field, or Chunxiao in Chinese, and to continue
discussions on Kashi, or Tianwaitian. Despite the agreement, China's
work at the Kashi drilling facility was observed from a Yomiuri
helicopter on Sept. 25.

On Sept. 21, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said to Chinese President
Hu Jintao that they should turn (the East China Sea) into a "sea of
fraternity." The reality is a far cry from a "sea of fraternity."

China is trying to expand its territorial waters in the South China
Sea as well.

In late August, fighters took off from Vietnam's Danang coast facing
the South China Sea. Six countries and areas, including China and
Vietnam, have claimed sovereignty over the Spratly (Nansha) Islands
in the South China Sea. China has sent new and powerful naval
vessels there one after another. (China) has built the world's
largest submarine base on Hainan Island, according to a military

A senior Vietnamese government official in Hanoi has acknowledged
his government's plan to purchase six Kilo-class submarines from
Russia, saying that China is posing a clear threat. Vietnam had
naval clashes with China in the South China Sea in 1974 and 1988.
"Another clash might be inevitable," a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry
source said with a worried look on his face.

China is being driven by the ambition to secure its national
interests in the name of "sovereignty." The world and Japan are now
faced with a new form of unilateralism.

(5) Field report from Afghanistan: Poor security situation obstacle
to civilian aid

YOMIURI (Pages 1, 3) (Full)
September 28, 2009

Michinobu Yanagisawa

Darvan Village, Panjshir Province, eastern Afghanistan - Prime
Minister Yukio Hatoyama has just completed his first visit to the
United States after assuming office on September 26. While he is
saying that the refueling mission in the Indian Ocean "will not
simply be extended," he has indicated an idea to focus on "civilian
aid," such as agricultural instruction and vocational training, in
Japan's contributions for Afghanistan. Thus, civilian aid is certain
to emerge as a key issue in the Japan-U.S. relationship. However,
there are numerous obstacles at the sites of aid operations, the
most serious of which is the security situation.

In mid-September, we traveled with the International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) to the province of Panjshir, where streams
flow rapidly through the mountains of bare rock.

A young man screamed at the U.S. forces' convoy in fury at the foot
of the bridge: "Infidels!" U.S. soldiers alighted from their
vehicles and tried to pacify him politely, telling him in English
and the local Dari dialect, "We are here to help you," as prescribed
in the handbook they were given.

Eight years have passed since the U.S. began its military attack
after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The action program announced by

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ISAF in August emphasizes the importance of the construction of
power plants, schools, and other projects as civilian aid that will
win the local residents' support and prevent the penetration of the
radicals, in addition to military action.

Lt. Col. Eric Hommel, 43, commander of the Provincial Reconstruction
Team (PRT) consisting of both military and civilian personnel in
Panjshir Province, said: "For now, our mission is to raise the
children and work for stability in Afghanistan." He then pointed at
the newly completed middle school building in the nearby Darvan

The Japanese government has also dispatched four Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MOFA) officials to participate in the PRT in Ghor Province
in midwest Afghanistan last June to work on the construction of
schools and other projects. Senior officers of the U.S. forces in
Afghanistan have expressed their hope for the dispatch of Japanese
officials to train police officers, which is indispensable for
improving the security situation. However, public safety continues
to deteriorate. Hommel's predecessor actually died from a suicide
bomb attack in May.

Hommel sighed and said: "I did not tell my wife about the death of
my predecessor because she would worry."

There are expectations on Japan to play a bigger role in civilian
aid for Afghanistan. This is an important component of the U.S.
forces' new policy of watering down the "war against terrorism"
aspect and giving greater priority to social stability.

Reflection on operations so far

The background to the importance given to civilian aid is the lesson
learned from the fact that past that mop-up operations against
insurgents have resulted in many civilian casualties, and this has,
in turn, given rise to the people's hatred and helped the armed
insurgents to gain momentum. Furthermore, there is also an
assessment that a "majority" of those who joined the armed insurgent
groups "did so for money" (according to a NATO source), and so if
their livelihoods improve, they will leave these groups.

The handbook given out to U.S. soldiers operating in Afghanistan
asks them to speak as humbly as possible when there is trouble with
the local residents. Making the people understand that the foreign
troops are exerting their utmost efforts to improve the people's
lives is an important part of current operations.

However, prospects are dim for any dramatic improvement in the
security situation right now. As many as 370 soldiers have been
killed since January, which is the highest rate since the collapse
of the Taliban regime.

Power of the authorities

There is also concern that the increasing number of aid projects may
exacerbate corruption in the Afghan government. The views of the
Afghan and provincial governments are respected in the selection of
projects to be funded by the PRTs in order to avoid the criticism
that the U.S. is pulling the strings behind the scenes in civilian
aid. However, with increasing power in the hands of the Afghan
authorities, there is concern that "corruption and embezzlement may
also increase," according to a U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan.

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The prolonged confusion over the presidential election in August has
also had an adverse effect. Panjshir is the political base of former
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzai's rival
candidate who blasted the president's camp for "cheating." The above
U.S. diplomat is worried that "if Mr. Karzai's reelection becomes
final, projects in this province may be deferred."

In this election, the Abdullah camp has denounced the Karzai camp's
"cheating," and it is thought that finalizing the election results
will take a few months. Reconstruction projects will inevitably be
suspended during this period.

Expectations of Japan

Hisako Ishizaki, 31, a MOFA official who is a member of the PRT in
Ghor Province, said that, "We would like to push the projects
forward as much as possible before the severe winter begins." She
spends her days going around the construction sites of schools and
clinics with NGO members with the protection of Lithuanian armored

The headache of Rashid Bashir, deputy chief at the Ghor Province
police headquarters in Chagcharan, is that "we are very short of
personnel." The police force of Ghor now has 900 officers. While
there have not been serious terrorist incidents recently, Rashid
said he needs 1,600 men to patrol the hundreds of kilometers of
highway linking Ghor with the Taliban strongholds in the southern
province of Helmand and the western province of Herat.

The expansion of the police force is a major component of civilian
aid. While the army is responsible for mopping up the armed
insurgents, the police force is indispensable for investigations,
check points, and other such mundane activities to nip terrorism in
the bud.

Major General Richard Formica, commander of the Combined Security
Transition Command, which is responsible for the reinforcement of
the Afghan armed forces and police force, admitted that, "The
development of the police force is behind (that of the armed forces)
by several years. This spring, Japan provided 125 million dollars
(approximately 11.1 billion yen) to pay for half of the salaries of
Afghan police officers, among other things. Formica said that he is
hoping for contributions from Japan both in terms of money and
training, voicing his expectation for the dispatch of Japanese
police officers.

However, in addition to requests for civilian aid, there are high
expectations from the U.S. and the international community for the
refueling mission in the Indian Ocean. Even Afghanistan has asked
Japan to continue this operation "as aid in the war against Al
Qaeda." (Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta) The refueling
mission is highly appreciated by the participants in "Operation
Enduring Freedom (OEF)," which aims at mopping up the armed
insurgents. Maneuvering between Japan and the U.S. relating to the
expiration of the mission is expected to continue.

The international community's efforts for the stability of
Afghanistan consist of two main components: "Operation Enduring
Freedom," which is under NATO command and is led by the U.S. forces
to mop up the Taliban and other armed insurgents, and ISAF, which
supports the Afghan government's security efforts indirectly. A

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total of 100,000 troops are engaged in these operations.

OEF is part of the "war against terrorism" which started with the
attack on the Taliban regime in October 2001 after the 9/11
terrorist attacks, under which special forces are assigned to attack
the terrorist groups directly. Nearly 40,000 troops are involved,
with more than 30,000 of them U.S. troops.

On the other hand, the main task of ISAF is to train Afghan security
forces and support the disarming of the people. ISAF was set up
under a UN Security Council resolution in December 2001. NATO has
taken over the command since 2003. Forty-two countries deploy a
total of 64,500 troops for this purpose, and about 30,000 are U.S.

However, at present, 80 percent of the troops engaged in the OEF
have been assigned to train security forces in order to strengthen
the powers of the Afghan government. Therefore, the boundary between
OEF and ISAF activities has become ambiguous.

The Obama administration announced the deployment of an additional
21,000 troops in Afghanistan in March. Gen Stanley McChrystal,
commander of U.S. forces who is also the ISAF commander, is said to
have requested the additional troops. However, U.S. papers have
reported that some administration officials favor reducing the troop
level in Afghanistan and devoting more troops to attacking Al Qaeda
bases in Pakistan. Therefore, it is unclear whether additional
troops will actually be sent to Afghanistan.

There are PRTs engaged in reconstruction aid by both military and
civilian personnel under ISAF command in 26 different locations in
Afghanistan right now. Japan sent its first civilian officials to a
PRT under the protection of Lithuanian troops in June.

(6) Message to the nation

September 26, 2009

Yukio Hatoyama

After all the G-20 meetings were over, I called on President Barack
Obama to say good-bye. I said, "This morning, I had pancakes at
Pamela's Diner (his favorite pancakes)." The President immediately
beamed with joy and said, "Did you like them? I wish I could have
joined you." He seemed really happy. The President seems to have
mentioned this episode in a news conference. The Barack-Yukio
relationship has made a smooth start.

I visited the United States only five days after the change of
government. But my apprehension was utterly groundless. I received
heartfelt blessings from all the top leaders I met. My reception was
probably helped by our overwhelming victory in the election. They
were filled with expectations that with this victory Japanese
politics will change. My address at the United Nations Summit on
Climate Change, held the day after I arrived in the United States,
was a great success in underscoring that Japan has actually changed.
I presented a bold mid-term greenhouse-gas-emission-cut target,
albeit based on the participation of other major countries. The
target was highly evaluated for having significantly lightened the
heavy atmosphere owing to COP15 being near at hand. If someone must
step up for the survival of mankind and to save lives, then let

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Japan serve as the chief flag waver. The Japanese people, who
possess a high level of science and technology, will be able to
clear the target without fail.

I delivered a speech at the UN Security Council Summit on Nuclear
Nonproliferation and Nuclear Disarmament on the fourth day.
(Representing) the only country to have suffered an atomic attack, I
expressed my resolve to take the lead, along with President Obama,
in making the world free from nuclear weapons. Afterward, I
addressed the UN General Assembly, and declared that Japan will
serve as a bridge for the globe, while disseminating the spirit of
"yuai" (fraternity) to the world.

The venue shifted from New York to Pittsburgh for the last two days.
There the G-20 energetically conducted four meetings, including
working dinners and lunches. Heated debate on financial and economic
affairs took place. I was skeptical about making decisions at a
roundtable of 25 to 50 people. Contrary to my expectations, the
meetings produced a report thanks to the skillful steering of the
event by President Obama and the sherpas.

The simultaneous occurrence of the United Nations and G-20 meetings
allowed me to hold talks with other countries' top leaders in a
relaxed atmosphere. That is now an invaluable asset for me. With
President Obama, I was able to frankly discuss the abduction issue,
North Korea's nuclear development, aid to Afghanistan, and other
matters. To President Hu Jintao, I proposed turning the East China
Sea into a "sea of fraternity." The President agreed to my proposal.
To Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, I proposed to resolve the
Northern Territories issue within our generation and to conclude a
peace treaty. It was also fortunate that I was able to have talks
with the top leaders of Britain, Australia, South Korea, India,
Indonesia, Vietnam, and Canada.
New Japanese diplomacy has taken a step forward. I firmly believe
that this will serve the national interests of Japan without fail. I
will do my best to meet your expectations. Please give the new
administration your heartfelt blessing.


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