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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: Most Friday morning papers gave top play to the
Japanese government's plans to revive Japan Airlines under the
control of a joint corporation composed of the government and
private-sector financial institutions.

2. "Japan Extending No Help to Allies" The conservative Sankei
editorialized (10/30): "... The public security situation in
Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating... The international community
cannot simply stand by and watch. Nevertheless, Japan, an ally of
the U.S., has been unable to propose any effective measures... Prime
Minister Hatoyama should have the same sense of crisis held by other
nations. He referred to Japan's civilian assistance measures, such
as agricultural support, vocational training for former soldiers,
and strengthening of police functions during his policy speech in
the Diet. However, his idea seems to be detached from the reality of
the situation. The public security situation in Afghanistan is
worsening, and as the need for military protection increases, the
number of civilians sent to the country will have to be scaled
back."


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