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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - U.S.-Japan Relations

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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 RELATIONS

1. LEAD STORIES: There were no papers published on Monday morning
due to a press holiday. Most broadcasters reported on a mass rally
held on Sunday in Ginowan, Okinawa, to protest the current plan to
relocate MCAS Futenma to Camp Schwab.

2. "GOJ Should Work on Restructuring U.S.-Japan Alliance" The
moderate Yomiuri editorialized (11/7): "It is almost certain that
the issue of relocating MCAS Futenma in Okinawa will not be settled
before President Obama visits Japan on November 12. This will likely
have an adverse effect on U.S.-Japan relations. We think this is a
deplorable situation.... Prime Minister Hatoyama has said he will
'deepen the U.S.-Japan alliance in a multilayered manner,' looking
toward the 50th anniversary of the revision of the bilateral
security treaty next year. However, his remarks on putting off a
decision on the Futenma issue, halting the refueling operation, and
reducing host nation support for U.S. forces in Japan have all
served to undermine the alliance.... One of the reasons behind his
series of remarks is the presence of the Social Democratic Party
(SDP), a junior coalition partner, in the Hatoyama government. The
SDP is opposed to any attempts by the Hatoyama administration to
shift its policy on those issues. Easy compromises should not be
made on foreign and security issues that form the foundation of the
nation. Prime Minister Hatoyama must reason with the SDP to
restructure the U.S.-Japan alliance."


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