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Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 10/15/09

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SUBJECT: JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS 10/15/09

INDEX:

1) Top headlines
2) Editorials
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule (Nikkei)

Ambassador Roos interviews:
4) "Stick with the plan" for Futenma facility relocation; "I hope
for continuation" of the refueling mission" (Sankei)
5) Japan and U.S. "should cooperate as equal partners in eliminating
nuclear weapons" (Mainichi)
6) Gist of Ambassador's comments in Mainichi interview (Mainichi)
7) "Japan-U.S. FTA should include agriculture" (Nikkei)

U.S. base issues
8) Minister for Financial Affairs Kamei calls for debate on the
rationale for U.S. bases (Nikkei)
9) SDP opposes proposal to build Futenma replacement facility in
offing (Nikkei)

North Korean issues
10) Govt. to ask for reinvestigation of abductions (Nikkei)
11) Govt. defers submitting bill on inspecting North Korean cargo
(Yomiuri)

Politics
12) Record budget request tops 90 trillion yen (Nikkei)

Opinion poll
13) Yomiuri poll: 91 PERCENT think newspapers are necessary; 85
PERCENT believe what they read (Yomiuri)

Articles:

1) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi:
BNP Paribas suspected of illegal transactions

Mainichi:
Government panel to urge abolishment of system of recommendations by
National Personnel Authority on wage hikes for state employees

Yomiuri:
DPJ Ozawa's fund reports contain false statements

Nikkei & Tokyo Shimbun
Budget requests for fiscal 2010 to be highest-ever at over 90
trillion yen

Sankei:
Hatoyama administration indicates plan to issue more
deficit-covering bonds

Akahata:
JCP in central committee meeting emphasized need to demonstrate real
value of constructive opposition party

2) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) Real negotiations on Futenma relocation start now

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(2) Government should allocate more funds in second extra budget for
measures with high priority for public livelihoods

Mainichi:
(1) Newspapers should continue to respond to young people's
expectations
(2) Moratorium turmoil: Media caught in trap of Kamei's PR strategy

Yomiuri:
(1) Government should approve relocation of Futenma within Okinawa
(2) Newspaper must play role of "window" to reflect social changes
and show Japan's future course

Nikkei:
(1) International cooperation imperative in regulating commodity
futures trading
(2) BOJ must decide when to end purchase of commercial papers and
debentures in careful manner

Sankei:
(1) Present specific measures for turning Haneda into international
hub
(2) Prime minister urged to approve relocation of Futenma facility
within Okinawa

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Newspaper Week: Analysis and examination necessary for people
(2) Look into possibility of bid to bring Olympic Games to
atomic-bombed city

Akahata:
(1) Free navigation through five straits: U.S. applies pressure on
strength of "secret nuclear accord"

3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

Prime Minister's schedule, October 14

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 15, 2009

09:07 Met House of Representatives member Keishu Tanaka at the Prime
Minister's Official Residence.
10:13 Met Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka, followed by Senior
Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Masamitsu
Naito.
10:56 Met Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing.
11:41 Lunch and study meeting with Tokyo University Graduate School
Professor Motoshige Ito and others.
14:01 Met Chairman Musashikawa of Japan Sumo Association and grand
champions Asashoryu and Hakuho. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi
Hirano was also present.
14:38 Met National Strategy Minister Naoto Kan and Hirano. Kan
stayed behind.
18:43 Informal meeting with reporters covering the prime minister at
Chinese restaurant Kamonka in Akasaka. Deputy Chief Cabinet
Secretary Yorihisa Matsuno was also present
21:38 Arrived at his private residence.

4) Ambassador Roos in interview expresses hopes for preservation of
existing plan on Futenma relocation, continuation of refueling
mission

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SANKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 15, 2009

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos gave an interview with the Sankei
Shimbun at his official residence in Minato Ward, Tokyo, yesterday.
In reference to the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps'
Futenma Air Station in Okinawa, the Ambassador said: "It is the hope
and expectation of the U.S. that "the Japanese government will
return to the existing (U.S. force realignment) roadmap," indicating
a negative view about a review of the current agreement, in the
belief that preserving the current plan is the best option.

Regarding the Maritime Self-Defense Force's ongoing refueling
mission in the Indian Ocean, the Ambassador frankly expressed
expectations for its continuation, saying: "The international
community has appreciated the Japanese mission, and many countries
are hopeful for its continuation."

The Ambassador pointed out that Japan and the U.S. are already
"equal partners, and they should be equal partners in the future."
Asked his opinion on the proposed review of the existing Futenma
relocation plan by some members of the Hatoyama government, the
Ambassador said: "In the U.S. as well, the new (Obama)
administration reexamined the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance
and the road map," indicating understanding of the new Japanese
government's reexamination of the process.

However, the Ambassador said that (the roadmap) is "the result of
the examination of all possible options by Japanese and U.S. experts
over a dozen years." He emphasized that "it is not productive to
focus on parts of the agreed package and pose questions." He added
that the roadmap is the best option (for Japan and the U.S.) to move
forward, and it is a vital agreement."

Regarding Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean, even while
saying "I do not want to prejudge the final decision to be made by
the Hatoyama administration," the Ambassador commented: "I hope that
Japan will continue a significant effort in a significant way."

Asked about the concept of an East Asia Community proposed by Prime
Minister Yukio Hatoyama, the Ambassador replied: "In view of
overcoming global issues it is constructive for Japan to strengthen
relations with its neighbors." But he warned that the concept should
not exclude the U.S., saying: "The U.S. is a state in the Pacific
region and one of the core states indispensable for the development
of a regional framework."

5) U.S. Ambassador Roos calls for Japan's cooperation as an equal
partner in nuclear abolition; urges Japan to accept existing Futenma
relocation plan

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
October 15, 2009

Naoya Sugio

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, 54, gave an interview to the
Mainichi Shimbun at his official residence in Tokyo on Oct. 14. With
respect to President Barack Obama's two top priorities of
elimination of nuclear weapons and combating global warming, the
Ambassador said, "Japan and the United States should cooperate as

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equal partners." He also cited the response to the rise of China,
the Afghan issue, and combating piracy off Africa as other areas
requiring (bilateral) cooperation. The Ambassador left the door open
for President Obama's visit to Hiroshima, the city that suffered
atomic bombing, saying, "The President will make a decision
himself."

The Ambassador also called for the acceptance of the existing plan
to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station to the
coastal area of Camp Schwab. He said: "After assuming office,
President Obama reexamined the previous policy and has renewed his
commitment to the Japan-U.S. alliance. I want to see the Hatoyama
administration reach a similar conclusion."

Referring to Japan's contributions to Afghanistan that are under
review by the Hatoyama administration, the Ambassador indicated that
Japan should make contributions in addition to those made to date.
He thus strongly called for the continuation of the Maritime
Self-Defense Force's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean. The
Ambassador gave high marks to Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada's
announcement during his recent Afghan visit to offer vocational
training to former Taliban soldiers, saying it would be a positive
contribution.

On the concept of an East Asian Community, advocated by Prime
Minister Yukio Hatoyama, the U.S. envoy said, "I support the effort
to strengthen relations between Japan and its neighbors." At the
same time, he played up the need for the United States to become
involved in Asia, saying, "It is important that the United States
plays a vital role in the region."

"I worked for 25 years (as a lawyer) in Silicon Valley until taking
up the post of Ambassador to Japan," Roos said. "I hope to use my
expertise and background in that area." He also expressed a desire
to promote collaboration between the government and the private
sector, between governments, and between companies in fields of
technological innovation such as renewable energy.

"Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Mansfield's words (that the
Japan-U.S. relationship is the most important bilateral relationship
in the world) are equally true today," Ambassador Roos said, "I want
to contribute to further strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance."

6) Gist of interview with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Roos

MAINICHI (Page 7) (Full)
October 7, 2009

The following is the gist of comments by U.S. Ambassador to Japan
John Roos.

(U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station relocation issue)

I can understand that Japan's new administration is examining past
policies. Following its launch the Obama administration reaffirmed
the present roadmap. I hope Japan will reach the same conclusion.

(Future relations between Japan and the U.S.)

Former Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield's words "the U.S.-Japan
relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the
world, bar none" still hold true. Next year will mark the 50th

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anniversary of the revised Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. We should
further promote our alliance. Japan and the U.S. are now equal
partners. The U.S. hopes to cooperate with Japan on such issues as
the rise of China, North Korea, and international terrorism. We will
address two issues - the elimination of nuclear arms and nuclear
nonproliferation, and climate change and renewable energy, to which
the leaders of Japan and the U.S. attach importance.

(Prime Minister Hatoyama's Initiative for an East Asian Community)

Relations between Japan and its neighbors are not a zero-some game.
It is important for the U.S. to play a key role in building
relations in this region.

(Visit to Hiroshima)

Three generations of my family visited the Peace Memorial Park and
the (Atomic) Bomb Museum and were deeply moved by what we saw. I
would like to share this experience of mine with the President. The
White House is now working out details for the president's visit to
Japan in November.

(Switch from being an attorney to an ambassador)

I became the Ambassador to Japan at a historically very interesting
time (the change in government). I would like to contribute (to
bilateral relations) through technological innovation, such as
measures to curb global warming, by using my experience in Silicon
Valley.

7) Ambassador Roos says at interview Japan-U.S. FTA should include
agriculture, current plan favored for Futenma relocation

NIKKEI (Page 3) (Full)
October 15, 2009

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos gave an interview to Nihon Keizai
Shimbun at his official residence in Tokyo on Oct. 14. Discussing
Japan-U.S. trade relations, the Ambassador said: "It is important to
expand free trade in the world. I hope to be able to make progress
on a comprehensive trade agreement with Japan," indicating that the
Obama administration has a strong interest in a free trade agreement
(FTA) with Japan. Although the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
indicated in its manifesto (campaign pledges) for the recent House
of Representatives election that agriculture will be excluded from
the FTA, Ambassador Roos pointed out that "agriculture should also
be included."

Regarding the timetable for FTA negotiations, he said: "Experts of
the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) and Japanese
experts should continue to hold open dialogue." He added,
"Personally, I always favor comprehensive, free trade," indicating
his hope for the conclusion of an FTA at an early date.

On the question of the relocation of the U.S. forces' Futenma Air
Station in Okinawa, Roos noted: "Like the United States, Japan has
had a change of administration. The Hatoyama administration is
conducting its own analysis and discussions (on the Japan-U.S.
agreement)." He then said, "After this process is completed, I hope
the Japanese administration, like the Obama administration, will
reconfirm the realignment plan."


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On this issue, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima is demanding that
the facility replacing Futenma, to be built in the coastal area of
Camp Schwab in Okinawa under the Japan-U.S. agreement, be moved
farther offshore. Roos commented, "At this point, it would not be
productive to discuss minor modifications or alternative plans,"
refraining from going into specifics.

The Hatoyama administration advocates building a "close and equal
relationship" as a policy goal. "If I may borrow Prime Minister
Yukio Hatoyama's words," he said, "(Japan and the United States)
should be able to respect each other and hold a dialogue as equal
partners on many issues." As examples he cited "North Korea (the
nuclear arms development issue), Afghanistan (reconstruction aid),
Pakistan (political stability), Iraq (reconstruction aid), and
anti-piracy operations, as well as nuclear non-proliferation and
disarmament, global warming prevention, and other issues agreed upon
by President Obama and Prime Minister Hatoyama."

With regard to the selection of Japan's next main fighter (FX), Roos
said, "This is a decision for the Japanese government to make on the
basis of what is best for building Japan's defense capability and
for the bilateral alliance." He refrained from mentioning specific
models, such as the F-22 or the F-35, which are tipped as the top
choices, and added that, "Licensed production (in Japan in the
future) should also be discussed between Japanese experts and the
Department of Defense," indicating an intention to step up
government level talks from a multifaceted standpoint.

8) Financial services minister Kamei urges government to discuss
issue of military bases with U.S.

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 15, 2009

Shizuka Kamei, state minister for financial affairs and postal
reform, yesterday delivered a speech at the Japan National Press
Club. Referring in his speech to the relocation of the U.S. Marine
Corp's Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City in Okinawa Prefecture), he
expressed the view that Japan and the United States should seriously
look into whether the U.S. bases in Okinawa and Yokota Air Force
Base in Tokyo are absolutely necessary for the U.S. He also
stressed: "The time for Japan to go along what the U.S. says is
over. The government should discuss security issues with the U.S.
administration on an equal footing."

9) SDP rejects plan to build alternative Futenma replacement
facility offshore

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 15, 2009

Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima, state minister for
consumer affairs, food safety, declining birthrate and gender
equality, renewed her call for relocating U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma
Air Station in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture, outside the
prefecture. In a press conference yesterday, she referred to a
position paper on the assessment of the environmental impact of the
existing relocation site submitted by Okinawa Governor Hirokazu
Nakaima calling for moving the construction site offshore from the
coastal area of Camp Schwab in Nago City office: "I am determined to
make efforts in the coalition government to prevent the plan to
build an offshore facility from being implemented."

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Fukushima also said: "Politicians should decide on when and how (the
policy) should be relayed (to the U.S.)." She also indicated that
the issue will be discussed at the Ministerial Committee on Basic
Policies, which the ruling parties' leaders, including Fukushima,
will participate in.

10) Government to ask North Korea to reinvestigate abduction of
Japanese nationals

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
October 15, 2009

In light of the growing view that talks between the United States
and North Korea will be held soon in order to resume the Six-Party
Talks on North Korea's nuclear programs, the government yesterday
decided to ask North Korea to reinvestigate the issue of the
abduction of Japanese nationals by the reclusive state through the
United States and other countries. While gauging the outcome of
U.S.-North Korea talks, the government aims to restart dialogue with
Pyongyang, conditioned on progress on the abduction issue. However,
it is uncertain how North Korea will respond to the request.

On Oct. 15 Foreign Ministry Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
Director General Akitaka Saiki will leave for Washington for
discussions on the North Korean nuclear issue. He is expected to
meet with Assistant Secretary of State (for East Asia and Pacific)
Kurt Campbell, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen
Bosworth, and other U.S. government officials.

11) Sanctions against North Korea: Submission of ship inspection
legislation put on hold

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Excerpt)
October 15, 2009

The government on Oct. 14 decided to put off the submission of North
Korean cargo inspection special measures legislation for
implementing the UN Security Council's resolution on sanctions
against North Korea to the extraordinary Diet session to be convened
on the 23rd, and conveyed its decision to the ruling camp. The
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has been aiming to re-submit a bill
with contents that are almost identical to those included in the
government-sponsored bill, which was killed during the previous
ordinary Diet session. However, the DPJ has given consideration to
the Social Democratic Party's cautious approach to the bill and
North Korea's flexible stance on the resumption of the Six-Party
talks to discuss its nuclear program.

12) Fiscal 2010 budget requests likely to top largest-ever amount of
90 trillion yen

NIKKEI (Top play) (Lead para.)
October 15, 2009

It appears likely that according to fiscal 2010 budget requests, the
total amount of general-account expenditures, which indicate the
state's fiscal scale, will reach the highest-ever level, topping 90
trillion yen. This is because the Democratic Party (DPJ) will
implement the showcase policies it pledged in its manifesto for the
Lower House election. The government's fiscal 2010 budget
compilation guidelines adopted at a cabinet meeting in September

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call for each cabinet member to submit requests that are below the
level of the fiscal 2009 initial budget. Pressure for greater
expenditure is building despite a drop in tax revenues, which will
likely cause uncertainty about the securing of funding resources to
remain.

13) Poll: 91 PERCENT see need for newspapers

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Full)
October 15, 2009

Ahead of the 62nd Newspaper Week event that starts today, the
Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a face-to-face nationwide public opinion
survey to probe public attitudes toward newspapers. In this survey,
91 PERCENT of respondents answered "yes" when asked if they need
newspapers to obtain information or knowledge. This year's survey
posted a high percentage similar to the result of last year's
survey, in which "yes" accounted for 90 PERCENT . Meanwhile, a total
of 85 PERCENT answered that the press reporting is reliable. In
last year's survey, this figure was also 85 PERCENT . The survey
shows that the general public values the newspapers.

In the survey, respondents were asked if they thought newspapers
provide the information they need or information that is helpful for
their daily lives. In response to this question, "yes" accounted for
88 PERCENT (86 PERCENT in last year's survey). Respondents were
also asked if they thought newspapers report facts and various
opinions fairly. To this question, "yes" accounted for 69 PERCENT
(66 PERCENT in last year's survey). Furthermore, respondents were
asked if newspapers pay attention to people's human rights and
privacy so as not to violate them. To this question, "yes" accounted
for 74 PERCENT (70 PERCENT in last year's survey). The figures
were all higher than last year's.

In addition, respondents were asked to pick one or more news media
which they thought played a significant role in focusing on the
background behind the news or delving into the issues at hand. In
their multiple-choice answers, "newspapers" accounted for 61 PERCENT
(76 PERCENT in last year's survey), topping all other media. Also,
when asked about the media coming up with solutions to public
concerns or problems, "newspapers" topped all other media, scoring
59 PERCENT (63 PERCENT in last year's survey).

The survey was conducted Sept. 5-6.

ROOS

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