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Cablegate: Daily Summary of Japanese Press 12/28/09

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SUBJECT: DAILY SUMMARY OF JAPANESE PRESS 12/28/09

INDEX:

(1) Chief cabinet secretary says Guam not ruled out as possible
Futenma relocation site (Mainichi)

(2) MD Kitazawa meets Japanese Ambassador to U.S. Fujisaki on
Futenma relocation (Nikkei)

(3) Environmental assessment relating to Futenma relocation to
continue; survey of dugongs over several years to be conducted
(Okinawa Times)

(4) Future of Futenma (Part 1): Interview with Kazuya Sakamoto,
professor at Osaka University (Ryukyu Shimpo)

(5) Japan-U.S. alliance off course; top leaders must talk to each
other more (Tokyo Shimbun)

(6) Poll on Hatoyama cabinet, political parties (Nikkei)

(7) Sankei-FNN poll on Hatoyama cabinet, political parties (Sankei)


(8) Poll on Hatoyama cabinet, political parties (Mainichi)

(9) Poll: Hatoyama cabinet, political parties (Asahi)

ARTICLES:

(1) Chief cabinet secretary says Guam not ruled out as possible
Futenma relocation site

MAINICHI ONLINE (Full)
12:51, December 28, 2009

Ai Yokota

At a news conference on the morning of Dec. 28, Chief Cabinet
Secretary Hirofumi Hirano formally announced the launch of the
"Okinawa base issue examination committee," a working-level panel of
the government and the ruling parties for considering the relocation
site for the U.S forces' Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City,
Okinawa). The committee will hold its first meeting in the afternoon
of the same day. Hirano said at the news conference that "the
committee has no intention to rule out Guam from the beginning." He
showed consideration for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which
has reacted strongly to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's negation of
plans to relocate the Futenma base to Guam or other locations
overseas.

Although the SDP is also against setting a deadline for making a
decision, Hirano stated clearly that a decision will be made "around
May." With regard to the question of deterrence, which Hatoyama
cited as the reason for ruling out relocation to Guam, Hirano said:
"Reduction of the burden imposed by Futenma and ensuring safety
comes first. On top of this, there are issues relating to the
Japan-U.S. relationship and security. A major part of this has to do
with national interest in relation to deterrence."


The committee is being set up in response to the SDP's demand. It
reports to the Ministerial Committee on Basic Policies consisting of

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cabinet ministers at the party- leader level and is chaired by
Hirano. Other members are Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Koichi Takemasa, Senior Vice Minister of Defense Kazuya Shimba, SDP
policy chief Tomoko Abe, and People's New Party policy chief Mikio
Shimoji.

(2) MD Kitazawa meets Japanese Ambassador to U.S. Fujisaki on
Futenma relocation

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
Evening, December 28, 2009

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa held a meeting with Japanese
Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki at the Ministry of Defense on
the morning of Dec. 28 to exchange views on the issue of the
relocation of the U.S. forces' Futenma Air Station. Fujisaki briefed
Kitazawa on his recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton. It is believed that he told Kitazawa that the U.S. strongly
demands that Japan make a decision based on the current plan to
relocate the Futenma base to the coastal area of Camp Schwab.

(3) Environmental assessment relating to Futenma relocation to
continue; survey of dugongs over several years to be conducted

OKINAWA TIMES (Page 2) (Full)
December 26, 2009

Tokyo - The budget of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) for the next
fiscal year will include 1.3 billion yen to continue the
environmental impact assessment in relation to the construction of a
replacement facility for the U.S. forces' Futenma Air Station in
Henoko, Nago City. A survey of dugongs over several years will be
conducted in response to the governor's opinion on the preparatory
documents for the environmental survey. Budget allocation for land
reclamation in Henoko has been deferred, but the upper limit of
spending for "acts incurring liabilities on the national treasury"
for unidentified recipients in the general provisions of the
government's budget has been raised from 100 billion to 1 trillion
yen. This is a measure to ensure that once the relocation site is
specified, contracting procedures can be initiated promptly.

The "acts incurring liabilities on the national treasury" cover not
only spending for Futenma relocation but also possible economic
stimulation measures on a national scale. This concept deals with
expenditures only on a contract basis that can be funded with
reserve funds or a supplementary budget once cash payments become
necessary. The MOD estimates the cost of constructing the main
structure of the Futenma replacement facility to be 142 billion yen.
Futenma-related spending in the MOD's budget is currently limited to
funds for continuing the environmental survey and the cost of
removing and relocating land-based structures in Camp Schwab (3.9
billion yen). Under the environmental survey, investigations
relating to the planned deployment of the vertical takeoff and
landing aircraft, MV-22 Osprey, are not included.

Budget allocations relating to U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ) realignment
total 90.9 billion yen, with 47.2 billion yen earmarked for the cost
of relocating U.S. Marines in Okinawa to Guam. Net fiscal spending
of 13.7 billion yen for construction projects to build a
headquarters for the port operations unit, a clinic, and a fire
station is included. Realignment-related subsidies for Okinawa total
1.54 billion yen.

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The budget for the wages of U.S. military base employees under host
nation support for the USFJ (omoiyari yosan or sympathy budget),
which was identified for "review" by the budget screening team of
the Government Revitalization Unit, totals 45.2 billion yen for
Okinawa (representing a 870 million yen cut from the budget
request). This cutback is in response to the recommendation of the
National Personnel Authority and does not reflect the screening
team's verdict.

Approximately 160 million yen is allocated for setting up the
Okinawa Defense Bureau's Nago defense office (with a staff of 44)
and this amount will be used for renting office space and paying for
utilities.

Total appropriation for base-related measures in Okinawa is 157.9
billion yen (representing a 1.2 billion yen cut from the budget
request). The budget for soundproofing homes is 5 billion yen, which
represents the first time in recent years that the full amount of
the budget request has been granted. Allocations for SACO (Special
Action Committee on Okinawa)-related projects total 12.5 billion
yen, including 10.5 billion yen for the construction of the main
structure of the Navy Hospital in Camp Kuwae and 200 million yen for
the construction of a helipad required for the return of parts of
the Northern Training Ground.

(4) Future of Futenma (Part 1): Interview with Kazuya Sakamoto,
professor at Osaka University

RYUKYU SHIMPO (Page 4) (Full)
December 28, 2009

The Hatoyama cabinet has postponed a conclusion to the issue of
relocating the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station. What path can
be drawn at a time when the U.S. side is increasingly irritated and
calling for the early implementation of the existing plan to
relocate Futenma to the city of Nago and when the Japan-U.S.
alliance is strained? The newspaper interviewed two experts.

-- Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said that he is looking into sites
other than Nago.

Sakamoto: I don't know what he is really thinking. He doesn't seem
to be strategically looking into whether the peace and security of
East Asia can be defended (with relocation to a place outside
Okinawa). Faced with an objection from the Social Democratic Party,
I think the Prime Minister has simply decided to give top priority
to the maintenance of the coalition administration. Preparations
before the change of government were insufficient.

-- In bearing the burden of bases, the patience of Okinawa's people
has reached its limit.

Sakamoto: I'm aware of that. There is no other option but to move
forward a step at a time toward reducing the burden. If a Japan-U.S.
agreement (to relocate Futenma to Nago) is implemented, 8,000 U.S.
Marines will be moved to Guam. Bases in Okinawa carry significance
for East Asia, and their stable operation constitutes the foundation
of diplomacy and security.

-- The relocation issue is the main point of contention in the
upcoming Nago mayoral election.

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Sakamoto: If the Prime Minister intends to make a decision after
seeing the results, he should say first, "I will take local wishes
into account, but they will not necessarily be fulfilled. The
government will make the final decision." The Futenma relocation was
determined 13 years ago, and there is no time to waste. But if
(forces opposed to the relocation) win the election, it is certain
that the implementation of the Nago plan will be difficult.

-- Will there be any impact on the Japan-U.S. alliance?

Sakamoto: The United States' position is that the alliance with
Japan is the cornerstone of its Asia policy; it is not lip service.
The United States is puzzled by and angry at the current situation.
Although the Maritime Self-Defense Force's refueling mission in the
Indian Ocean will soon come to an end, Afghanistan is the matter of
greatest concern for the people of the United States. I'm afraid
that criticism of Japan's withdrawal from Afghanistan combined with
the Futenma issue will undermine (U.S.) sentiment toward Japan.
Those two things might adversely affect the review of the bilateral
alliance on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the revised
Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.

-- There is a view that it is unnecessary to station U.S. Marines in
Okinawa.

Sakamoto: It is difficult to immediately relocate them outside
Okinawa. There are such destabilizing factors as the North Korean
issue and China's military buildup. Relocation outside Okinawa will
trigger anxiety in neighboring countries.

-- What is your evaluation of the Prime Minister's security policy?

Sakamoto: His theory of a Japan-U.S. security alliance without the
regular stationing of U.S. forces in Japan is dangerous from the
standpoint of military common sense. He has not painted a picture of
how Japan and the United States can secure the security of Japan and
the peace and security of East Asia. It is desirable to look for a
direction for the settlement of base issues in the process of
increasing the Self-Defense Forces' activities in Okinawa, while
strengthening cooperation between the SDF and U.S. forces.

(5) Japan-U.S. alliance off course; top leaders must talk to each
other more

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Abridged slightly)
December 27, 2009

Koki Miura

Wearing a poker face can send a strong cynical message at times.
During a Dec. 4 Japan-U.S. ministerial-level meeting on the
relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station (in
Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture), U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos was
told by Defense Minister Katsuya Okada and Defense Minister Toshimi
Kitazawa that settling the issue before year's end would be
difficult. After the meeting, Ambassador Roos left the Foreign
Ministry, saying to the press corps, "Hello, everyone. It was a
productive meeting." To have a decision postponed until next year
cannot have been productive for Ambassador Roos, who wants to see
the early implementation of the existing plan to relocate Futenma to
the Henoko district in Nago. In fact, the Ambassador reportedly said

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during the meeting, "President Obama has lost face." He uttered
those words of harsh criticism after having the working-level
officials leave the room. The alliance with the United States, which
is the cornerstone of Japan's security policy in the postwar period,
has run into snags.

If such a situation arises between two Western countries, their top
leaders will have face-to-face talks. During the 2007 G-8 Summit in
Germany, I witnessed as a correspondent in Berlin German Chancellor
Angela Merkel manage to come up with a common greenhouse gas
reduction target, preventing the talks from breaking down.
Chancellor Merkel did the necessary groundwork, talking directly
with the top leader of each country on her cell phone.

On the Futenma issue, Prime Minister Hatoyama said to President
Obama, "Trust me." But as yet there have been no in-depth talks
between the two leaders.

There have been no reports except for remarks by Ambassador Roos and
the so-called Japan experts in the United States who are responsible
for talks with Japan. The ministerial-level working group meetings
held in the past have been attended by cabinet ministers from the
Japanese side but by the ambassador to Japan, the US Forces Japan
commander, and State Department assistant secretary-level officials
from the U.S. side. In other words, no one on the Japanese side has
confirmed President Obama's wishes. How many people are there in
Japan who can make a direct phone call to President Obama?

Needless to say, the situation was the same under the former
administration led by the Liberal Democratic Party. Many past prime
ministers were not readily able to place a call to their American
counterparts. The prime minister simply followed government
officials, entirely leaving to them actual talks with the United
States.

Ultimately, a Japan-U.S. relationship that has not required the
involvement of the top leaders in managing bilateral issues has been
regarded as "good." But I think the Japan-U.S. alliance has begun to
stray off course because it has to rely on only a handful of Japan
experts in the United States.

(6) Poll on Hatoyama cabinet, political parties

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
December 28, 2009

Questions & Answers
(Figures are percentages. Parentheses denote results from the last
survey conducted in November.)

Q: Do you support the Hatoyama cabinet?

Yes 50 (68)
No 42 (24)
Can't say (C/S) + don't know (D/K) 8 (8)

Q: Which political party do you support or prefer?

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 46 (56)
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 23 (19)
New Komeito (NK) 4 (3)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 2 (3)

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Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 2 (3)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 1 (1)
Your Party (YP or Minna no To) 2 (1)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0 (0)
Other political parties 1 (1)
None 15 (11)
C/S+D/K 5 (3)

(Note) Percentages may not add up to 100 PERCENT in some cases due
to rounding.

Polling methodology: The survey was taken Dec. 25-27 by Nikkei
Research Inc. over the telephone on a random digit dialing (RDD)
basis. For the survey, samples were chosen from among men and women
aged 20 and over across the nation. A total of 1,597 households with
one or more eligible voters were sampled, and answers were obtained
from 1,033 persons (64.7 PERCENT ).

(7) Sankei-FNN poll on Hatoyama cabinet, political parties

SANKEI (Page 5) (Full)
December 22, 2009

Questions & Answers

(Note) Figures are percentages. Figures in parentheses are
percentages in the previous Sankei-FNN survey, conducted Nov.
21-22.

Q: Do you support the Hatoyama cabinet?

Yes 51.0 (62.5)
No 40.4 (22.9)
Don't know (D/K), etc. 8.6 (14.6)

Q: Which political party do you support?

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 37.2 (39.7)
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto) 19.2 (17.3)
New Komeito (NK or Komeito) 2.8 (4.5)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto) 3.3 (3.2)
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1.8 (3.0)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0.7 (0.9)
Your Party (YP or Minna no To) 3.1 (3.8)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0.3 (0.2)
Other political parties 1.2 (0.4)
None 29.2 (26.5)
D/K, etc. 1.2 (0.5)


Q: Do you approve of the Hatoyama cabinet on the following points?

The prime minister's personal character
Yes 59.6 (70.0)
No 34.1 (20.2)
D/K, etc. 6.3 (9.8)

The prime minister's leadership
Yes 20.7 (34.7)
No 72.4 (46.0)
D/K, etc. 6.9 (19.3)


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Economic policy
Yes 25.3 (---)
No 63.9 (---)
D/K, etc. 10.8 (---)

China policy
Yes 39.6 (---)
No 45.9 (---)
D/K, etc. 14.5 (---)

U.S. policy
Yes 34.9 (---)
No 52.3 (---)
D/K, etc. 12.8 (---)

Global warming policy
Yes 64.1 (---)
No 28.0 (---)
D/K, etc. 7.9 (---)

DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa's action concerning a Chinese
vice president's audience with H.M. the Emperor
Yes 27.2 (---)
No 65.6 (---)
D/K, etc. 7.2 (---)

The prime minister's way of handling his fund-managing body's
political donation problem
Yes 14.9 (18.8)
No 75.3 (64.8)
D/K, etc. 9.8 (16.4)

DPJ Secretary General Ozawa's way of handling his fund-managing
body's political donation problem
Yes 10.5 (---)
No 79.1 (---)
D/K, etc. 10.4 (---)

The SDP's influence on the Hatoyama cabinet
Yes 27.9 (---)
No 61.3 (---)
D/K, etc. 10.8 (---)

The PNP's influence on the Hatoyama cabinet
Yes 23.6 (---)
No 63.6 (---)
D/K, etc. 12.8 (---)

DPJ Secretary General Ozawa's influence on the Hatoyama cabinet
Yes 40.5 (---)
No 52.8 (---)
D/K, etc. 6.7 (---)

The Hatoyama cabinet's performance over the past three months since
coming into office
Yes 40.2 (---)
No 45.1 (---)
D/K, etc. 14.7 (---)

Q: What do you think the Hatoyama government should prioritize in
compiling the budget for next fiscal year?


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Keep to its manifesto 9.1
Achieve results from economic stimulus measures 57.0
Avoid increasing debt 32.5
D/K, etc. 1.4

Q: Do you think the government should not set an income limit for
child allowances in the process of compiling the budget?

Yes 43.2
No 53.4
D/K, etc. 3.4

Q: Do you think the government should abolish gasoline and other
road-related provisional surcharges?

Yes 54.1
No 40.2
D/K, etc. 5.7

Q: Do you think the government has no choice but to make up for tax
revenue with new taxes or tax rates in the case of abolishing the
road-related provisional surcharges?

Yes 61.7
No 33.4
D/K, etc. 4.9

Q: Do you take it for granted that the government changes its course
of action in response to requests from the DPJ and its coalition
partners?

Yes 58.3
No 36.0
D/K, etc. 5.7

Q: Do you think these requests from the DPJ and its coalition
partners are unclear?

Yes 70.4
No 21.9
D/K, etc. 7.7

Q: Do you think the ruling coalition's request for highway
construction, which is contradictory to its policy of making
expressways toll-free, is inappropriate?

Yes 64.5
No 22.8
D/K, etc. 12.7


Q: Do you think the DPJ's campaign promises may be changed because
the nation's economic environment and other circumstances have
changed?

Yes 79.7
No 17.2
D/K, etc. 3.1

Q: Do you think the results of the DPJ's budget screening may be
reviewed in the process of compiling the budget?


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Yes 83.9
No 11.7
D/K, etc. 4.4

Q: Do you think DPJ Secretary General Ozawa has more leadership than
Prime Minister Hatoyama does?

Yes 64.5
No 26.3
D/K, etc. 9.2

Q: What do you think is most important about the issue of relocating
the U.S. military's Futenma airfield?

Expedite Futenma relocation in Okinawa Prefecture as agreed on
between Japan and the U.S. 28.3
Reconsider a relocation site in or outside Okinawa Prefecture even
if it takes time 43.4
Carry out Futenma relocation in Okinawa Prefecture even if it takes
time 23.8
D/K, etc. 4.5

Q: Which factor do you think should be regarded as most important on
the Futenma issue?

Japan-U.S. relations 38.5
Okinawa Prefecture's public opinion 55.8
Ruling coalition partnership 2.1
D/K, etc. 3.6

Q: The government and the ruling coalition have deferred their
conclusion on the question of where to relocate Futenma airfield. Is
this convincing?

Yes 46.4
No 45.6
D/K, etc. 8.0

Q: Who do you think is most appropriate as Japan's prime minister?

Katsuya Okada 7.9
Ichiro Ozawa 9.1
Naoto Kan 7.5
Yoshito Sengoku 0.7
Akira Nagatsuma 1.9
Yukio Hatoyama 18.2
Seiji Maehara 5.5
Shizuka Kamei 1.6
Mizuho Fukushima 1.0
Other ruling party lawmakers 1.0
Shigeru Ishiba 4.8
Sadakazu Tanigaki 1.6
Yoichi Masuzoe 7.0
Other opposition party lawmakers 3.1
None 25.0
D/K, etc. 4.1

Q: How long do you think the Hatoyama cabinet will continue?

Several months or so at longest 10.7
Until around next summer's election for the House of Councillors
38.7

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Until next fall 25.7
Continue after next fall 22.2
D/K, etc. 2.7

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Dec. 19-20 by the
Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) over the telephone on a
computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis. For the survey, a
total of 1,000 persons were sampled from among men and women, aged
20 and over, across the nation.

(8) Poll on Hatoyama cabinet, political parties

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
December 21, 2009

Questions & Answers
(T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)

Q: Do you support the Hatoyama cabinet?

T P M F
Yes 55 (64) 51 57
No 34 (21) 38 30
Not interested 12 (15) 11 12

Q: (Only for those who answered "yes" to the above question) Why?

T P M F
Because the prime minister is from the Democratic Party of Japan 6
(4) 7 5
Because something can be expected of the prime minister's leadership
2 (4) 2 2
Because something can be expected of the prime minister's policies 9
(11) 8 10
Because the nature of politics is likely to change 82 (78) 82 82

Q: (Only for those who answered "no" to the above question) Why?

T P M F
Because the prime minister is from the Democratic Party of Japan 5
(4) 3 7
Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister's leadership
42 (16) 44 41
Because nothing can be expected of the prime minister's policies 32
(48) 30 33
Because the nature of politics is unlikely to change 20 (30) 20 20

Q: Which political party do you support?

T P M F
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 35 (39) 34 35
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto) 16 (15) 20 13
New Komeito (NK) 4 (3) 4 5
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 2 (3) 2 2
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 2 (1) 1 3
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 1 (1) 0 1
Your Party (YP or Minna no To) 4 (2) 5 3
Reform Club (RC or Kaikaku Kurabu) 0 (0) -- 0
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0 (0) 0 0
Other political parties 1 (0) 2 1
None 33 (33) 30 36


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Q: The Hatoyama government plans to provide child allowances to
child-rearing households. Concerning this plan, the DPJ asked the
Hatoyama government to set an income limit that was not incorporated
in its manifesto. Do you approve of setting an income limit for
child allowances?

T P M F
Yes 71 72 70
No 25 25 26


Q: The DPJ pledged in its manifesto to abolish gasoline and other
road-related provisional surcharges, beginning next fiscal year.
However, the DPJ has asked the government to maintain these
provisional tax rates in compiling the budget for next fiscal year.
Do you approve of maintaining the provisional tax rates?

T P M F
Yes 54 57 52
No 40 41 39

Q: Prime Minister Hatoyama has deferred his conclusion to next year
on whether to relocate the U.S. military's Futenma airfield in
Okinawa Prefecture to the Henoko area of Nago City in the same
prefecture. Do you approve of his decision-making deferment?

T P M F
Yes 42 40 44
No 51 57 47

Q: How do you think Prime Minister Hatoyama should deal with the
issue of relocating Futenma airfield? Pick one that is close to your
opinion.

T P M F
Negotiate with the U.S. to move Futenma airfield out of Okinawa
Prefecture or Japan 51 (50) 47 55
Look for another relocation site in Okinawa Prefecture 15 (17) 17
13
Accept the current plan to relocate Futenma airfield to Henoko 25
(22) 33 19


Q: The deferment of the Futenma issue has given rise to concerns
about the deterioration of Japan-U.S. relations. Do you think there
is no problem about the Hatoyama government's policy toward the
U.S., or are you worried about Japan-U.S. relations?

T P M F
No problem 26 31 23
Worried 68 67 69

Q: Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the
Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. Prime Minister Hatoyama and U.S.
President Obama agreed in their meeting this November to start
intergovernmental talks to deepen the Japan-U.S. alliance. Pick one
that is close to your opinion.

T P M F
Strengthen it further 27 26 28
Maintain it as is 56 56 56
Weaken it further 11 16 8

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Q: Do you think Prime Minister Hatoyama should resign if his former
state-funded secretary is prosecuted on the charge of violating the
Political Funds Control Law over his fund-managing body's
falsification of political donation reports?

T P M F
Yes 40 42 39
No 54 54 53

(Note) Figures shown in percentage, rounded off. "0" indicates that
the figure was below 0.5 PERCENT . "No answer" omitted. Figures in
parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Nov.
21-22.

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Dec. 19-20 over the
telephone across the nation on a computer-aided random digit
sampling (RDS) basis. A total of 1,588 households with one or more
eligible voters were sampled. Answers were obtained from 1,032
persons (65 PERCENT ).

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Questions & Answers
(Figures are percentages, rounded off. Bracketed figures denote
proportions to all respondents. Figures in parentheses denote the
results of the last survey, conducted Nov. 14-15.)

Q: Do you support the Hatoyama cabinet?

Yes 48 (62)
No 34 (21)

Q: Why? (One reason only. Left column for those marking "yes" on
previous question, and right for those marking "no.")

The prime minister is Mr. Hatoyama 6(3) 2(1)
It's a DPJ-led cabinet 35(17) 11(4)
Policy 42(20) 33(11)
Action 11(5) 50(17)

Q: Which political party do you support now?

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) 42 (46)
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 18 (14)
New Komeito (NK) 2 (3)
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 1 (2)
Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto) 1 (1)
Your Party (YP or Minna no To) 1 (0)
People's New Party (PNP or Kokumin Shinto) 0 (0)
Reform Club (RC or Kaikaku Kurabu) 0 (0)
New Party Nippon (NPN or Shinto Nippon) 0 (0)
Other political parties 0 (0)
None 31 (28)
No answer (N/A) + don't know (D/K) 4 (6)

Q: Do you think Prime Minister Hatoyama has been displaying

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leadership?

Yes 18
No 74

Q: The DPJ pledged in its manifesto for this summer's House of
Representatives election to abolish the gasoline surcharges and
provide child allowances. The DPJ, however, has requested Prime
Minister Hatoyama change this policy and maintain the gasoline
surcharges in compiling the budget for next fiscal year. In
addition, the DPJ has also requested Prime Minister Hatoyama set an
income limit for child allowances. Is this convincing?

Yes 50
No 43

Q: The next question is about relocating the U.S. military's Futenma
airfield in Okinawa Prefecture. The Hatoyama cabinet has deferred a
conclusion on the current plan to relocate Futenma airfield to Nago
City in Okinawa Prefecture, which is based on an intergovernmental
agreement between Japan and the U.S. The Hatoyama cabinet will
review the current relocation plan for other options, including the
possibility of looking for a new site for the Futenma relocation. Do
you approve of the Hatoyama cabinet's response to the Futenma
issue?

Yes 30
No 60

Q: The next question is about the recent audience of a Chinese vice
president with H.M. the Emperor. The Hatoyama cabinet carried out
the audience against the one-month rule for proposing an audience to
be granted by H.M. the Emperor for foreign VIPs. Do you think the
Hatoyama cabinet's judgment in this case was appropriate?

Yes 39
No 51

Q: The next question is about Prime Minister Hatoyama's problem
concerning his fund-managing body's falsification of political fund
reports. Do you think this is a serious problem and Prime Minister
Hatoyama will have to resign in due course to take responsibility?

Yes 44
No 50

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted Dec. 19-20 over the
telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis.
Respondents were chosen from among the nation's voting population on
a three-stage random-sampling basis. Households with one or more
eligible voters totaled 3,465. Valid answers were obtained from
2,115 persons (61 PERCENT ).

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