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Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 11/16/09

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SUBJECT: JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS 11/16/09

INDEX:

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

Obama's Tokyo speech:
4) In speech Obama describes Japan-U.S. alliance as a cornerstone of
security and prosperity (Mainichi)
5) Obama demands North Korea explain abductions (Nikkei)
6) Fukushima says Obama speech lacking substance (Yomiuri)
7) Obama speech wins high praise (Nikkei)

Hatoyama's Singapore speech:
8) Hatoyama policy speech stresses Asian diplomacy anchored in
Japan-U.S. alliance (Yomiuri)
9) Summary of Hatoyama's speech (Asahi)
10) In policy speech Hatoyama says U.S. involvement with Asia
welcome (Nikkei)

Futenma relocation:
11) Prime Minister says Futenma working group talks not premised on
relocation to Nago (Tokyo Shimbun)
12) Futenma working group may meet as early as tomorrow (Tokyo
Shimbun)
13) Foreign Minister Okada calls for Futenma decision this year
(Nikkei)

Foreign relations:
14) President Obama lunches with Imperial couple (Sankei)
15) Hatoyama apologizes to Obama for leaving for Singapore while
President still in Japan (Yomiuri)

Politics:
16) Ishiba criticizes Prime Minister's comments as betrayal of
Obama's trust (Tokyo Shimbun)

Defense & security:
17) Fukushima calls for SOFA revision (Nikkei)

Opinion:
18) Asahi poll: Slight drop in cabinet support to 62 PERCENT
(Asahi)

Articles:

1) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi:
Cabinet support rating drops slightly to 62 PERCENT , cutting
wasteful spending lauded by 76 PERCENT

Mainichi:
Fire at shooting gallery in Busan: possibility of gunpowder catching
fire

Yomiuri:
PM Hatoyama makes policy speech declaring Asia-centered diplomacy

Nikkei:
Manufacturers cut TV production: Hitachi reducing domestic
production to one plant; Toshiba retreats from Vietnam

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Sankei:
Japan-Russia summit meeting: no progress in Northern Territories
issue

Tokyo Shimbun:
Urban Renaissance Agency incurs 393 billion yen in deficits while 10
affiliated corporations have surpluses

Akahata:
Tanaka reelected as Kiso town mayor in Nagano Prefecture

2) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) Income subsidy for farming households: Avoid hasty measures,
work toward comprehensive policies
(2) Asian policy: Tough tasks ahead for Yokohama APEC Summit

Mainichi:
(1) 20 years of APEC: Determination for change put to test
(2) Amakudari regulation suffers setback: Surreptitious regression
is unacceptable

Yomiuri:
(1) APEC: Scenario for post-crisis growth
(2) Fire in Busan, South Korea: Tragedy brought about by casual
shooting tours

Nikkei:
(1) How to achieve 25 PERCENT cut in greenhouse gas emissions:
Businesses put to test on "low carbon, affluent life"

Sankei:
(1) APEC: Basic policy of next chair unclear
(2) Cervical cancer: Both vaccines and check-ups are important

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) To whom does the Japan-U.S. secret nuclear agreement belong?

Akahata:
(1) Aim for "food sovereignty"

3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

Prime Minister's schedule, November 16, 2009

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
November 15, 2009 (local time)

Morning Top-level breakfast meeting on climate change at Shangri-la
Hotel in Singapore.
a.m. Casual conversation with South Korean President Lee Myung Bak.
APEC summit at the presidential palace.
Noon APEC leaders statement released
p.m. Met with Russian President Medvedev at the Regent Singapore in
Singapore. Interview with various media organizations at Four
Seasons Hotel. Left Singapore International Airport by government
plane.

November 16, 2009 (Japan time)


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00:28 Arrived at Haneda Airport.
01:03 Arrived at the official residential quarters.

4) President Obama delivers speech in Tokyo; U.S. to increase its
involvement in Asia centering on alliance with Japan

MAINICHI (Top play) (Excerpt)
Evening, November 14, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech on the United States'
policy toward Asia at Suntory Hall in Minato, Ward, Tokyo, on the
morning of Nov. 14. The President made clear his stance of
increasing the United States' commitment to Asia centered on the
Japan-U.S. alliance, stating, "I will aim at restoring the United
States' leadership in the Asia-Pacific region through a revitalized
alliance between the United States and Japan." The Obama
administration's comprehensive Asia policy has been announced for
the first time through this "Tokyo speech." In that respect, it can
be defined as an important speech on par with such speeches as the
one delivered in Prague in April, in which the President called for
a nuclear-free world.

5) President Obama says in Tokyo speech he will demand explanation
from North Korea on abductions, indicating support for Japan

NIKKEI (Page 1) (Full)
Evening, November 14, 2009

In a speech in Tokyo, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the
normalization of diplomatic relations between North Korea and its
neighbors is premised on a "full accounting" of the abduction of
Japanese nationals. He also demanded that North Korea return to the
Six-Party Talks on the nuclear issue.

This is the first time that the President has expressed an explicit
opinion on the abduction issue and indicated his support for Japan's
position. It appears that this statement was made out of
consideration for Japan as U.S.-DPRK talks are about to begin
shortly.

Obama demanded North Korea's return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) regime and said that the DPRK's "full normalization of
relations with its neighbors (Japan and South Korea) can only come
if Japanese families receive a full accounting of the Japanese
abductees."

Shigeo Iizuka, chairman of the association of families of abduction
victims, and Shigeru and Sakie Yokota applauded the President's
statement. The abduction issue was not discussed at the summit
meeting with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Nov. 13.

6) U.S. President Obama's speech "not entirely satisfactory," says
Consumer Affairs Minister Fukushima

YOMIURI (Page 2) (Full)
November 15, 2009

Mizuho Fukushima, state minister for consumer affairs, attended U.S.
President Barack Obama's speech delivered on Nov. 14. Fukushima said
to reporters in reference to the President's speech: "There was no
specific reference to such key issues as U.S. bases in Japan.
Frankly speaking, the speech was not entirely satisfactory. What he

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said in his speech about U.S. service personnel maintaining peace in
the region was understandable, but the speech included other aspects
that were questionable."

7) Obama speech wins high praise

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

Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for National Policy Naoto
Kan on Nov. 14 highly praised U.S. President Obama's speech, which
gave the big picture of U.S. policy toward Asia, noting, "(President
Obama), born in the Pacific region, has strong feelings toward Asia.
I was deeply moved by his speech." Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
pointed out, "He has repeated that the U.S. presence in Asia will
remain unchanged, presumably from the desire to remove the tension
with the Hatoyama administration."

8) President Obama says in Tokyo speech he will demand explanation
from North Korea on abductions, indicating support for Japan

NIKKEI (Page 1) (Full)
Evening, November 14, 2009

In a speech in Tokyo, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the
normalization of diplomatic relations between North Korea and its
neighbors is premised on a "full accounting" of the abduction of
Japanese nationals. He also demanded that North Korea return to the
Six-Party Talks on the nuclear issue.

This is the first time that the President has expressed an explicit
opinion on the abduction issue and indicated his support for Japan's
position. It appears that this statement was made out of
consideration for Japan as U.S.-DPRK talks are about to begin
shortly.

Obama demanded North Korea's return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) regime and said that the DPRK's "full normalization of
relations with its neighbors (Japan and South Korea) can only come
if Japanese families receive a full accounting of the Japanese
abductees."

Shigeo Iizuka, chairman of the association of families of abduction
victims, and Shigeru and Sakie Yokota applauded the President's
statement. The abduction issue was not discussed at the summit
meeting with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Nov. 13.

9) Gist of PM Hatoyama's speech on Asia policy in Singapore on
November 15

ASAHI (Page 3) (Full)
November 16, 2009

Today there is no doubt about the importance of Asia. The
integration of the real economy is taking place in Asia. ASEAN,
China, South Korea, and other nations have begun to play a
constructive role for the region and for the international
community.

The United States' presence plays an important role for peace and
prosperity in Asia. It will continue to do so in the future. This is
the main reason the Japan-U.S. alliance is the linchpin of Japan's

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foreign policy. President Obama and I have agreed to further deepen
the alliance relationship. I welcomed President Obama's speech in
Tokyo in which he reaffirmed the United States' involvement in
Asia.

The new government in Japan declares an Asia-focused foreign policy.
At the center of this policy is the concept of an East Asian
Community. The experience of reconciliation and cooperation in
Europe is the model for my concept. Under the principle of "open
regional cooperation," various countries will promote cooperation in
different areas and
and spread through the region multilayered networks of functional
communities.

Next year, Japan will open Self-Defense Forces vessels to civilians
as "yuai (fraternity) boats" for medical activities and cultural
exchange. We will be able to offer cooperation in areas including
nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, cultural exchange, social
security, and urban development. Dialogue on political cooperation
is possible in the future. All countries who share these ideals and
dreams can become members of the community.

"People" are the most important key to moving forward the concept of
the East Asian Community. I call for active debate on the ideal
framework for the community.

10) Prime minister welcomes U.S. stance of involvement with Asia

NIKKEI (Page 1) (Excerpt)
November 16, 2009

Shunsuke Oba, Singapore

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on November 15 delivered a speech on
his Asia policy after the closure of the APEC summit. Referring to
U.S. President Obama's speech on Asia, he said, "The U.S. stance of
involvement with Asia has been reaffirmed. Along with all of you, I
welcome this." Concerning his initiative for an East Asian
Community, the prime minister indicated his intention to have
civilians carry out medical activities and other operations aboard
Self-Defense Force vessels in a "Fraternity Boat project' in 2010.

11) Futenma working group discussions not premised upon relocation
to Nago: Hatoyama

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 1) (Abridged)
November 15, 2009

Tetsuya Furuta

SINGAPORE-Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama clarified yesterday that
discussions by a ministerial working group of the Japanese and U.S.
governments, which is to meet over the pending issue of relocating
the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa
Prefecture, will not necessarily be premised upon the current plan
to relocate Futenma airfield to a coastal area of Camp Schwab in the
prefecture's northern coastal city of Nago, which is based on an
intergovernmental agreement reached between Japan and the United
States in 2006. At the same time, Hatoyama also indicated that he
would not adhere to the idea of trying to reach a conclusion within
the year. He made these remarks here in Singapore at an informal
meeting with accompanying reporters.

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U.S. President Obama, in his speech yesterday in Tokyo, touched on
his talks with Hatoyama over the Futenma issue and indicated a
stance of calling for the current plan to be translated into action
at an early stage. "We've agreed to implement the intergovernmental
agreement promptly through the working group," Obama said.

Meanwhile, Hatoyama said, "I suppose President Obama would like to
think that the bilateral agreement is the premise, but if the answer
is given already, it's meaningless to set up such a working group."
As seen from this remark, Hatoyama differs from Obama on the Futenma
issue.

Hatoyama agreed with Obama to resolve the Futenma issue at an early
stage. However, Hatoyama said he did not promise to do so by the end
of the year. Furthermore, he touched on Nago city's mayoral election
scheduled for next January. "I wouldn't say I will not give any
consideration to the mayoral election," he said.

12) Futenma ministerial-level working group likely to hold first
meeting tomorrow

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Full)
November 16, 2009

Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada stated at a press conference
yesterday in Naha City that the first meeting of a ministerial-level
working group on the issue of the relocation of the U.S. Marine
Corps Air Station Futenma comprising foreign and defense officials
of Japan and the United States will be held as early as this week.
According to a senior defense ministry official, the first session
will likely be held on Nov. 17.

The foreign and defense ministers of the two countries will serve as
the chief delegates. However, Ambassador John Roos is expected to
participate in the first meeting on behalf of the secretaries of
state and defense from the U.S. side.

13) Foreign minister calls for conclusion to Futenma issue before
year's end, exposing difference from view of PM

NIKKEI (Page 1) (Excerpt)
November 16, 2009

Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada visited Okinawa on Nov. 15 for the
first time since taking office. In Okinawa the foreign minister held
a series of meetings with Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, prefectural
assembly representatives, Nago Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro, and
others to discuss the issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps'
Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan). He also toured the coastal area of
Camp Schwab (in Nago), the relocation site for Futenma under the
existing plan. In his meeting with the Nago mayor, the foreign
minister said, "In view of the budget request, I would like to reach
a conclusion before the end of the year," expressing the view that a
decision must be made before the Nago mayoral election next
January.

14) U.S. President Obama meets with Emperor, Empress over lunch

SANKEI (Page 3) (Full)
November 15, 2009


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The Emperor and the Empress hosted a luncheon for visiting U.S.
President Obama at noon on Nov. 14 at the Imperial Residence in the
Imperial Palace. This was the first time for the Emperor and the
Empress to meet with the President.

Upon arriving at the Imperial Residence by car, the President shook
hands with the Emperor and said, "I am very pleased to meet you,
Your Majesties. I am very honored." He then bowed many times. The
Emperor and the Empress greeted the President with smiles.

According to a source connected with the Imperial Household Agency,
the luncheon was attended by the Emperor, the Empress, and the
President alone with only one interpreter present.

When top foreign leaders visit Japan, a meeting with the Emperor in
the Imperial Palace is normally arranged. However, such a meeting
was not arranged this time because the President's stay in Japan was
short and the Imperial couple was engaged in various events marking
the Emperor's 20th anniversary of his ascension to the Chrysanthemum
Throne.

15) Prime Minister Hatoyama apologizes to President Obama for
leaving him behind in Japan

YOMIURI (Page 2) (Abridged slightly)
November 16, 2009

Mieko Kawashima, Singapore

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama exchanged words with President Barack
Obama during a dinner party for the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) summit, held in Singapore on the night of Nov. 14
(the same, Japan time).

The Prime Minister apologized to the President leaving him behind in
Japan when he departed for Singapore, saying, "I am sorry about
that. I hope you are not tired." The President replied: "I am all
right. I had the honor of having a lunch with the Emperor and the
Empress, and my trip to Japan was terrific. I am grateful for the
warm reception."

16) LDP policy chief Ishiba criticizes Prime Minister Hatoyama
comments as "betrayal of trust"

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Full)
November 16, 2009

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama indicated that a ministerial-level
working group on the issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air
Station Futenma would not discuss the issue based on the premise
that the Futenma base will be relocated to the coastal area of Camp
Schwab. Referring to this comment, Shigeru Ishiba, chairman of the
Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council, criticized
Hatoyama, saying, "This is a betrayal of trust (against the United
States). If this is the case, the Japan-U.S. summit should not have
been held." He said this to reporters yesterday in Tokyo. He also
pointed out: "Diverging opinions in a meeting between the two
countries could damage national interests. A decision on the issue
should be made before the compilation of a state budget (at the end
of the year)."

17) SDP head Fukushima says SOFA must be revised

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NIKKEI (Page 3) (Full)
November 14, 2009

State Minister for Consumer Affairs and Declining Birthrate Mizuho
Fukushima, who heads the Social Democratic Party (SDP), appeared on
a TBS program on the morning of Nov. 14. During the program,
Fukushima said, "It is a problem that Japan cannot take suspects
into custody before indictment," bearing in mind the recent
hit-and-run incident in the village of Yomitan, Okinawa Prefecture,
in which the involvement of a U.S. service member is suspected.

Fukushima reiterated her party's view that the Japan-U.S. Status of
Forces Agreement (SOFA) must be revised, saying that the tripartite
agreement among the Democratic Party of Japan, the SDP, and the
People's New Party stipulates a plan to propose a revision of the
SOFA.

18) Poll: Cabinet support slips to 62 PERCENT

ASAHI (Top play) (Abridged)
November 16, 2009

The rate of public support for Prime Minister Hatoyama's cabinet was
62 PERCENT in a telephone-based nationwide public opinion survey
conducted by the Asahi Shimbun on Nov. 14-15, down slightly from the
65 PERCENT rating in the last survey, conducted Oct. 11-12. The
nonsupport rate for the Hatoyama cabinet was 21 PERCENT (16 PERCENT
in the last survey). Ratings for the Hatoyama cabinet's specific
policies are not all high. However, the cabinet's basic stance
received high ratings, as more than 70 PERCENT gave high marks to
its efforts to reduce government waste.

Among those who support the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, the
Hatoyama cabinet's approval rating has been high, over 90 PERCENT ,
since the survey conducted right after its inauguration in September
(the survey before last). Among those with no particular party
affiliation, however, the Hatoyama cabinet's support rate has been
declining, from 55 PERCENT in the survey before last, to 50 PERCENT
in the last survey, to 39 PERCENT in the latest one.

Asked about the Hatoyama cabinet's efforts in specific areas, 48
PERCENT approved of its pension and healthcare policies, while 28
PERCENT did not. In the area of economic and job security measures,
however, affirmative answers scored 37 PERCENT , while negative
answers accounted for 38 PERCENT . In the area of foreign and
defense policies as well, public opinion was split, with affirmative
and negative answers accounting for 36 PERCENT each.

Meanwhile, when asked about the Hatoyama cabinet's efforts to reduce
government waste, 76 PERCENT were affirmative, with 14 PERCENT
negative. The figures seem to reflect the Government Revitalization
Unit's budget screening that is currently underway. The Hatoyama
cabinet is also trying to change politics that has depended on
bureaucrats. In this area, affirmative answers scored 69 PERCENT ,
with negative answers accounting for 18 PERCENT .

In the survey, respondents were also asked about an
intergovernmental agreement reached between Japan and the United
States over the pending issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps'
Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. To this question, only 28
PERCENT answered that it would be better to honor the agreement

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between Japan and the U.S., with 54 PERCENT saying it would be
better to review the agreement and renegotiate with the United
States.

The Hatoyama cabinet has decided to extend 450 billion yen in
civilian aid to Afghanistan in lieu of discontinuing the Maritime
Self-Defense Force's refueling activities in the Indian Ocean. Asked
about this, 41 PERCENT were negative, with 38 PERCENT
affirmative.

In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the DPJ
stood at 46 PERCENT , with the opposition Liberal Democratic Party
at 14 PERCENT . The DPJ's popularity remains high, scoring 46
PERCENT in the survey before last and 45 PERCENT in the last
survey.

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