Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 10/09/09
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SUBJECT: JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS 10/09/09
1) Top Headlines
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule (Nikkei)
Futenma relocation issue:
4) Prime Minister hints at acceptance of Futenma relocation
5) Prime Minister: "I didn't say" facility would be relocated to
6) Prime Minister says he would like to widen options; attempts to
clarify remarks suggesting acceptance of Futenma relocation
7) Government expediting coordination of Futenma relocation policy
in preparation for visits by U.S. officials (Yomiuri)
8) President Obama to visit Japan on Nov. 12 (Yomiuri)
9) Dali Lama plans to visit Japan this month (Yomiuri)
10) Prime Minister leaves for South Korea today (Nikkei)
11) FM Okada comments on statement by ex-PM Murayama: "action before
12) LDP to set up administration policymaking board; shelves "shadow
cabinet" concept (Tokyo Shimbun)
1) TOP HEADLINES
Emergency employment measures to support job seekers from
construction industry, expand employment in nursing care services
Board of Audit finds accounting irregularities in 28 prefectures,
cities in FY09
Prime Minister issues orders on environment tax, tax deductions with
cash benefits, taxpayer ID numbers at new tax commission
Major U.S. companies on offensive in cloud computing
New government tax commission kicks off; provisional gasoline tax
rates to be abolished
Survey of 208 major companies: 45 PERCENT see economy "recovering,"
40 PERCENT say "flat"
JCP Chairman Shii calls for new communities for agricultural revival
at JA national convention
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(1) Decentralization reform: Publish four-year road map of
(2) Winny developer acquittal: Respect for developer appropriate
(1) New government tax commission: Time for "real lead player" to
come on stage
(2) Winny developer acquittal: Development of defensive software
(1) New government tax commission: Prioritizing tax cuts will lead
to fiscal bankruptcy
(2) Making police interrogation visible: Investigation of situation
in Western countries should come first
(1) Introduce taxpayer numbering in tax system restructuring at
(2) Need for awareness of responsibility despite acquittal
(1) Foreign Minister Okada: Placing absolute priority on Murayama
Statement is cause for concern
(2) New government tax commission: Do not forget debate on
(1) Futenma relocation within Okinawa: Was hinting at acceptance a
result of careful consideration?
(2) Winny court case: Despite the acquittal...
(1) Iraq airlift activities record: Serious responsibility for
concealing support of war
3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)
Prime Minister's schedule, October 8
NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 9, 2009
09:12 Met with Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Nagatsuma, DPJ
Upper House Caucus Chair Koshiishi, SDP leader Fukushima, and
People's New Party Vice President Kamei at the Tokyo International
Forum in Marunouchi. Then attended a regular meeting of the Japanese
Trade Union Confederation (Rengo).
10:56 Met with International Energy Agency Executive Director Nobuo
Tanaka at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.
11:22 Met with Deputy Foreign Minister Sasae and Asian and Oceanian
Affairs Bureau Director General Saiki.
13:01 Met with DPJ Administration Committee Chairman Okumura,
followed by State Minister for National Strategy Bureau Kan and
Senior Vice Minister for the Cabinet Office Furukawa.
14:06 Met with Cabinet Intelligence Director Miki and Defense
Ministry Defense Policy Bureau Director General Takamizawa.
Decentralization and Reform Promotion Committee Chairman Niwa and
Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Haraguchi joined later.
15:01 Council for Science and Technology meeting.
16:01 Attended a meeting of the Tax Commission of the government.
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18:38 Wake for former Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa of the LDP
at Zenpukuji Temple in Motoazabu.
19:12" Arrived at his private residence.
19:26 Dined with his wife Miyuki at "Sakana Kobayashi," Japanese
restaurant in Okusawa.
4) Government speeds up coordination on Futenma relocation ahead of
visits by senior U.S. officials
NIKKEI (Page 2) (Slightly abridged)
October 9, 2009
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's statement implying acceptance of the
plan to relocate the U.S. forces' Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan
City, Okinawa) within the prefecture has created a major stir.
Coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SDP) has reacted strongly
and has lodged a strong protest with Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hirofumi Hirano and other officials. While the government is
stepping up the coordination process both at home and abroad as the
schedule of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan is being
finalized, a source of dispute has emerged in the coalition
government even as the administration makes efforts to "give
consideration to the U.S."
In an effort to bring the situation under control, Hatoyama told
reporters on October 8 that he "did not mention 'Henoko' (the
current proposed relocation site) at all" in his statement on the
Futenma relocation plan.
Futenma relocation is the first pending issue that Japan needs to
discuss with the U.S. after the change of administration. Foreign
Minister Katsuya Okada and the other concerned cabinet ministers
will discuss the government's response on the morning of October 9.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is coming to Japan
on October 11, to be followed by a visit of Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates on October 20. The government intends to inform
President Obama directly of its plans for a solution to this issue
when he visits Japan starting on November 12.
One possible solution is to move the relocation site further
offshore by several dozen meters. Okinawa has been demanding this
move, and this will only require minor modifications of the existing
plan, so "it will be easy to get the U.S. side's approval,"
according to a source on Japan-U.S. relations. This solution is
supported by some because it will also be in line with the three
coalition parties' policy agreement on "dealing with Futenma
relocation in the direction of a review."
Some consideration is also being given to a proposal to merge
Futenma with Kadena Air Base. However, the U.S. is hesitant about
the joint use of Kadena, an Air Force base, with the marines.
Another proposal to relocate Futenma to the inland areas of Camp
Schwab was once considered, but the procurement of land for the
relocation site would be difficult, and the noise would be a problem
for the local residents.
SDP Secretary General Yasumasu Shigeno reiterated the party's demand
for the relocation of Futenma out of Okinawa or out of Japan to
Hirano on October 8. House of Representatives member Kantoku Teruya
elected from Okinawa also met Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa and
criticized the Prime Minister's statement, saying: "This is
absolutely unacceptable." Teruya told reporters after the meeting:
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"The possibility (of leaving the coalition) exists," in an attempt
to apply pressure on the government.
5) Hatoyama says his earlier remarks do not suggest willingness to
agree to relocation of Futenma facility to Henoko
ASAHI (Page 1) (Full)
October 9, 2009
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Oct. 7 made remarks suggesting the
possibility of accepting the agreement reached between Japan and the
U.S. to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station within
Okinawa Prefecture. On these remarks, he said yesterday: "I did not
imply that I am ready to accept what was agreed on between the
previous governments (of Japan and the U.S.)." The Democratic Party
of Japan's manifesto and the coalition accord among the three ruling
parties included a pledge to move in the direction of reexamining
future options for U.S. military forces in Japan. Hatoyama's
statement yesterday was apparently intended to revise his earlier
remarks and confirm this pledge.
Hatoyama said on Oct. 7 regarding the pledge on U.S. forces in Japan
in his party's manifesto: "I would not deny the possibility that it
could change" over time, indicating his view that it was not
necessary to adamantly adhere to the pledge.
In response to questions from reporters at the Prime Minister's
Official Residence about what his remarks the previous day meant,
Hatoyama said: "I did not mention Henoko at all," and emphasized
that he did not imply his willingness to accept the Japan-U.S. plan
to relocate the Futenma Air Station to Henoko district in Nago City,
Okinawa Prefecture. He further said: "While bearing in mind the
wishes of the people in Okinawa, I will negotiate with the U.S. and
come to a final conclusion on the matter. The three parties launched
the coalition government based on an agreement, so I cannot ignore
the coalition accord."
Asked if he would decide on a policy direction by the time of U.S.
President Barack Obama's visit to Japan on Nov. 12-13, Hatoyama said
that he would not set the presidential visit as a deadline for
making a decision.
6) Hatoyama explains remarks implying approval of Futenma relocation
plan: "We want to look into various options"
YOMIURI (Page 4) (Full)
October 9, 2009
Regarding the issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air
Station (Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture), Prime Minister Yukio
Hatoyama told reporters last evening: "I will give top priority to
the coalition accord when reaching a final conclusion on the
On Oct. 7, Hatoyama made remarks implying his willingness to accept
the current plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal
area of U.S. Camp Schwab (Nago City), contradictory to the
Democratic Party of Japan's pledge to relocate the Futenma facility
outside the prefecture. Mizuho Fukushima, head of the Social
Democratic Party, promptly reacted to Hatoyama's remarks. After
visiting Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada yesterday, Fukushima told
reporters: "In accordance with the stance to review the agreement, I
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want (the prime minister) to properly address the issue of
realignment of U.S. military forces in Japan." In response, Hatoyama
gave a clarification of his earlier remarks:
"We are looking into various possibilities. The agreement reached
during the previous administration certainly carries weight. But I
wonder if it is the best option. I do not think it is the only
possibility. We would like to look into various options and find a
compromise agreement about which the people, particularly, the
people of Okinawa can say, 'We can understand this.' "
7) Hatoyama hints at accepting Futenma accord
YOMIURI (Page 1) (Abridged)
October 8, 2009
Prime Minister Hatoyama implied yesterday evening that he would
accept the currently planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps'
Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to a coastal
area of Camp Schwab in the island prefecture's northern coastal city
of Nago. The Democratic Party of Japan, in its manifesto for this
summer's election for the House of Representatives, said it would
"review" the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan. "I would not deny
the possibility that it (the DPJ's policy of reviewing the U.S.
force realignment) could change over time," Hatoyama told reporters
at his office.
Hatoyama's remarks can be taken to mean that he will review not only
the Futenma issue but also the DPJ's policies in its manifesto to
meet the situation and that he will modify them if he sees the need
to do so.
8) President Obama's 1st Japan visit set for Nov. 12
YOMIURI (Page 1) (Full)
October 8, 2009
WASHINGTON-U.S. President Obama will make his first visit to Japan
on Nov. 12-13, a high-ranking U.S. government official said Oct. 7.
After his Japan visit, Obama will participate in an Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit to be held in Singapore on
Nov. 14-15. He will also visit China and South Korea.
9) Dalai Lama plans to visit Japan late this month
YOMIURI (Page 2) (Full)
October 8, 2009
The 14th Dalai Lama, supreme leader of Tibetan Buddhism, will visit
Japan in late October and deliver speeches in Tokyo on Oct. 31 and
Nov. 1, his representative's office in Japan announced yesterday.
The Dalai Lama last visited Japan in April on his way to the United
States. This is the first time for him to visit Japan since the
Hatoyama cabinet's inauguration.
10) Prime Minister Hatoyama to visit Seoul today
NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 9, 2009
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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will visit South Korea today. He is
expected to meet in Seoul with President Lee Myung Bak to discuss
such issues as North Korea. After the meeting, the two leaders will
hold a joint press conference. Arriving in Beijing later in the day,
Hatoyama will attend a trilateral summit on Oct. 10 with Lee and
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
11) Foreign Minister Okada on Murayama statement: "Action instead of
words"; U.S. not to be included in East Asian Community
SANKEI (Top Play) (Full)
October 8, 2009
On Oct. 7 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Yurakucho,
Tokyo, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada gave a speech in which he
indicated a stance of delving deeper into the Murayama statement
(1995), noting, "It is true that a definite range of people (in
Asia) are not convinced by the statement. Actions speak louder than
words." Regarding the history textbooks issue involving Japan, China
and South Korea, he expressed doubt about the present school
textbook screening system, saying, "The ideal in the future is (for
Japan, China and South Korea) to compile common history textbooks."
Okada's remarks, made on the eve of a Japan-South Korea summit (Oct.
9) and China-South Korea summit (Oct. 10), will likely stir up a
Referring to the East Asian Community initiative advocated by Prime
Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Okada noted, "I would like to see the
envisaged community comprise Japan, China, South Korea, the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), India, Australia and
New Zealand." Thus he indicated a policy of establishing the
community without including the U.S. as an official member.
He then said, "I would like to start with the economy and then
expand the areas of cooperation to energy, the environment, and
health care." He expressed his intention to put the matter on the
agenda at the upcoming Japan-China and South Korea talks. He also
indicated that currency integration "will be an agenda item in the
Regarding Japan's relations with the U.S., Okada said, "The
Japan-U.S. alliance is indispensable for national security. To alter
that arrangement is not an option." He continued: "Japan has its
own national interests, and the U.S. has its own interests. Some
observers are concerned about (the future of) Japan's relations with
the U.S. Japan does not belong to the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) or the European Union (EU). But that does not mean
Japan is excluded."
He also voiced the view that just paying lip service to the Murayama
statement is insufficient, saying, "The feelings of those who
suffered in the past war cannot be healed easily." He then said some
ministers in past cabinets made remarks contrary to the Murayama
statement, leading people to wonder whether those ministers were
contrite. I would like to ensure that such a situation will not
Okada said the following about the system of screening school
textbooks: "This is a very difficult issue. In Japan, textbook
authors can basically write without any inhibition. Another issue is
to what extent the state can get involved in the matter." He then
noted, "It would be ideal (if Japan, China and South Korea) could
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compile common textbooks in the future. However, it will take a long
time to reach that stage. Joint studies of history are important as
the first step toward that goal."
In the meantime, on the subject of assistance to Afghanistan, Okada
indicated a cautious stance concerning the dispatch of Self-Defense
Force personnel, saying, "I do not think dispatching SDF members is
the only way to extend assistance."
12) LDP to set up "administrative policy committee" to decide
policies; "shadow cabinet" formation put on back burner
TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Full)
October 9, 2009
The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) informally
decided yesterday on the appointments of the deputy chairman of the
Policy Research Council and division directors. The LDP also decided
to establish an "administrative policy committee" comprising Policy
Research Council Chairman Shigeru Ishiba as leader, senior deputy
chairman, deputy chairman, and division directors. LDP President
Sadakazu Tanigaki's idea of forming a "shadow cabinet" has been put
on the back burner.