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Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 01/19/10

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SUBJECT: JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS 01/19/10

INDEX:

1) Top headlines
2) Editorials

Diet session:
3) Diet convenes, opposition to go on attack over money scandal
(Yomiuri)
4) Breakdown of Diet members by party (Yomiuri)

Politics:
5) Ozawa to submit to questioning by prosecutors (Asahi)

Foreign Relations
6) Japan warns China not to violate agreement for development of gas
field (Nikkei)
7) China mulling succeeding Japan in refueling mission in Indian
Ocean (Yomiuri)

Defense & security:
8) Japan, U.S. to issue joint statement marking 50th anniversary of
revision of security treaty (Nikkei)
9) Hatoyama says resolving Futenma issue a litmus test of Japan-U.S.
alliance (Asahi)
10) SDP officially to submit plan for relocation of Futenma facility
to Guam (Mainichi)
11) Govt. to dispatch SDF personnel to quake-stricken Haiti
(Sankei)

Economy:
12) JAL files for protection under the bankruptcy law (Nikkei)
13) Nikkei Center forecasts 1.2 PERCENT annual GDP growth in new
decade (Nikkei)
14) Sea Shepherd flies Norwegian flag, approaches Japanese
research-whaling vessels (Sankei)

Energy:
15) METI to revise energy plan (Nikkei)

Opinion:
16) Yomiuri poll: Cabinet support rate plunges to 45 PERCENT ; 70
PERCENT call for Ozawa's resignation (Yomiuri)
17) Kyodo poll: Cabinet support rate plummets to 44 PERCENT (Tokyo
Shimbun)
18) Sankei-FNN poll: 70 PERCENT say Ozawa should resign post
(Sankei)
19) Asahi poll: 67 PERCENT call for Ozawa's resignation (Asahi)
20) Jiji poll: Cabinet support rate hovers at 47 PERCENT (Tokyo
Shimbun)
21) Asahi poll: 60 PERCENT in favor of granting suffrage to
permanent foreign residents (Asahi)
22) Asahi poll: 61.7 of Yokosuka residents approve of base (Asahi)

23) Asahi poll: 65 PERCENT of Nago residents oppose existing
Futenma relocation plan (Asahi)

Articles:

1) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi & Mainichi:
Ozawa plans to submit to questioning by prosecutors

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Yomiuri:
Regular Diet session opens; opposition calls for intensive
deliberations; Diet fails to set timetable for budget debate

Nikkei:
Mitsubishi group to set up 1,000 charging stations for electric cars
by 2012

Sankei:
Ozawa paid 300 million yen from bank for land purchase

Tokyo Shimbun:
Disapproval rate for Hatoyama Cabinet (44.1 PERCENT ) outstrips
approval rate (41.5 PERCENT )

Akahata:
Ordinary Diet session convened; JCP wishes to use session to change
politics

2) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) 50th anniversary of revision of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty: Both
Japan-U.S. alliance and Article 9 of the Constitution are useful
(2) Emerging stock market: Learn from failure and rebuild

Mainichi:
(1) Opening of regular Diet session: Democratic Party of Japan's
response does not make sense
(2) 50th anniversary of revision of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty:
Deepen alliance in a multilayered way

Yomiuri:
(1) Drop in support for DPJ: DPJ should listen to harsh comments
(2) 50th anniversary of revision of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty: Time
to build a new Japan-U.S. alliance

Nikkei:
(1) Ozawa's explanation required for deliberation on budgets to
proceed
(2) Need for tax system that will lead to growth and fiscal
stabilization

Sankei:
(1) Prime minister's criticism of prosecutors is inappropriate and
should be retracted
(2) 50th anniversary of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty: Solve Futenma
issue and prevent bilateral alliance from becoming irrelevant

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Regular Diet session opens: Diet must shed light on "money and
politics" issue and pass budgets
(2) National health insurance union: Subsidies should not be given
to the rich

Akahata:
(1) Finance minister's policy speech: No strategy for economic
recovery

3) Regular Diet session opens; opposition parties call for intensive
deliberations on "money and politics" issue

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YOMIURI (Top play) (Excerpts)
January 19, 2010

The 174th regular Diet session, the first regular session under the
Hatoyama administration, was convened on Jan. 18. However, due to
the issue of "money and politics," the timetable for the House of
Representatives Budget Committee, which will deliberate on the
second supplementary budget for fiscal 2009, has not yet been
decided on. The Diet situation is already showing signs of the
ruling and opposition parties colliding head-on.

The ruling camp, which aims to pass the second extra budget through
the Diet before the end of January, insisted in a meeting yesterday
of the Lower House Budget Committee that the supplementary budget is
closely related to the daily lives of people. They proposed starting
a basic question-and-answer session on Jan. 21 over Finance Minister
Naoto Kan's policy speech.

However, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and other opposition
parties did not agree with the ruling coalition's proposal, citing
that the ruling camp has not yet responded to their calls made in
the extraordinary Diet session held last year for intensive
deliberations on the falsified political donation issue involving
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and the relocation of U.S. Marine
Corps Air Station Futenma. As a result, the meeting ended in
failure. The committee members will again discuss the matter on the
19th.

The government and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) held an
executive meeting yesterday at the Prime Minister's Official
Residence (Kantei). In the meeting, they confirmed a policy of
passing the extra budget by the end of January. The DPJ's plan is
for Prime Minister Hatoyama to deliver a policy speech at the end of
January and for the state budget for fiscal 2010, which includes a
budget for the DPJ's campaign pledges for last year's Lower House
election, to clear the Diet before the end of March.

4) Party breakdown of Diet

YOMIURI (Page 1) (Full)
January 18, 2010

House of Representatives

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Independents 311
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Japan Renaissance Party (JRP) 119
New Komeito 21
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 9
Social Democratic Party (SDP), Social Citizen's Coalition 7
Your Party 5
People's New Party (PNP) 3
Group to Protect National Interests and People's Livelihoods 3
Independents 2

House of Councillors

DPJ, New Ryokufukai, PNP, New Party Nippon 120
LDP, JRP 82
New Komeito 21
JCP 7
SDP, Group to Protect the Constitution 5

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Independents 7

5) Ozawa plans to submit to questioning by prosecutors

ASAHI (Top play) (Excerpts)
January 19, 2010

It was revealed by informed sources yesterday that Democratic Party
of Japan (DPJ) Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa has started making
arrangements to submit to questioning by the special investigation
squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors in connection with
allegations that his fund management organization Rikuzankai failed
to declare in his political fund report 400 million yen that was
used for a land purchase in 2004.

On Jan. 5, prosecutors asked Ozawa to voluntarily submit to their
questioning, but he refused their request. Prosecutors made the same
request on Jan. 17. Ozawa will apparently make scheduling
arrangements with prosecutors through his lawyers after consulting
with his lawyers on the matter.

6) Japan warns China not to violate agreement on gas field
development

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Abridged)
January 18, 2010

Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada held talks with his Chinese
counterpart, Yang Jiechi, in Tokyo on the 17th. He asked the Chinese
minister to instruct concerned agencies to demonstrate substantial
visible progress in negotiations toward conclusion of a treaty on
joint development of gas fields in the East China Sea. He added that
Japan would take necessary measures in case China violates the
agreement, warning the Chinese side not to undertake independent
development of the Shirakaba gas field.

Yang stressed China would firmly uphold the 2008 agreement on joint
development of the Shirakaba gas field. Regarding the conclusion of
a treaty, he only said: "I would like to continue the informal
working-level discussions for promoting mutual understanding."

7) China mulls taking over refueling mission

YOMIURI (Page 4) (Abridged)
January 16, 2010

The Chinese navy is exploring the possibility of taking over the
Maritime Self-Defense Force's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean
after its pullout, Japanese government officials revealed yesterday.
If the Chinese navy actually undertakes the task, China will
increase its influence on the sea lanes vital to Japan, which
imports crude oil from the Middle East. The Hatoyama administration
will likely come under fire for its decision to withdraw from the
refueling mission.

According to government officials, the Chinese government specifies
in an internal document that the Chinese navy has been conducting
training in preparation for refueling activities in the Indian
Ocean.

In November 2007, the MSDF's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean
was suspended since the Antiterrorism Special Measures Law lapsed

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due to opposition from the then opposition Democratic Party of Japan
and other opposition parties. On that occasion, Chinese military
officials informally told U.S. forces that the Chinese navy would
like to take over the MSDF's refueling activities, the government
officials said. At the time, the U.S. military did not accept the
offer.

8) Japan, U.S. to issue joint statement today on 50th anniversary of
revised bilateral security treaty

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
January 19, 2010

The governments of Japan and the United States will release a joint
statement by their respective foreign and defense ministers today to
mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the revised U.S.-Japan
Security Treaty. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Barack
Obama will also issue statements today. The joint statement is
expected to note that the Japan-U.S. security arrangements have
contributed to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, while
playing up their role in the peace and security of Japan.

The joint statement defines the Japan-U.S. alliance as an alliance
contributing to the peace and security of the world beyond the
bilateral framework. By stipulating the need to deepen the
Japan-U.S. alliance in a multilayered fashion on the occasion of the
50th anniversary, the joint statement indicates a posture of
attaching importance to the bilateral alliance. The purpose of the
statement is to reacknowledge the importance of the Japan-U.S.
alliance at a time when bilateral relations are strained over the
relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in
Okinawa.

The governments of Japan and the United States signed the revised
bilateral security treaty in 1960. Under the treaty, the United
States is required to take joint action with Japan in case the
latter comes under an armed attack and Japan is required to provide
the U.S. military with bases. The treaty stipulates that U.S. troops
are stationed in Japan for the purpose of contributing to the peace
and stability of Japan and East Asia.

9) PM: Futenma resolution a touchstone of Japan-U.S. alliance

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told the press at his office on the
18th that resolution of the issue of the relocation of the U.S.
military's Futenma airfield was essential for deepening the
Japan-U.S. alliance. "If we can't resolve the Futenma issue, we
can't advance Japan-U.S security with trust," he said. "At the
least, resolution of the Futenma issue by May is a touchstone, after
which we will move forward."

10) SDP to officially present Guam relocation idea to Futenma panel

MAINICHI (Page 3) (Full)
January 19, 2010

Keiichi Shirato

The Social Democratic Party's (SDP) project team (chaired by House
of Representatives member Kantoku Teruya) to discuss the relocation

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of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan, Okinawa
Prefecture) met in the Diet building yesterday. The team decided to
present as its official proposal the idea of relocating the Futenma
functions to Guam to the Okinawa base issue study committee composed
of the government, the SDP, and the People's New Party. Teruya and
others will decide on whether to include Iwojima as a possible
relocation site along with Guam after visiting Iwojima from Jan.
21.

In the meeting, the SDP's fact-finding team (led by the party's
policy chief Tomoko Abe) that visited the United States on Jan.
12-16 reported that the only ones insisting that the relocation
issue will result in a crisis in the Japan-U.S. alliance are the
Japanese media and Japan experts in the United States. Following
this report, the project team reached the conclusion that the party
should present the Guam relocation idea to the study committee,
deeming that it will be possible to reach an agreement with the
United States in April or later, after Washington finishes compiling
the new Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).

11) Government to dispatch SDF rescue team to quake-stricken Haiti

SANKEI (Page 5) (Full)
January 19, 2010

The government decided yesterday to dispatch an international
emergency rescue team of 70 to 80 Self-Defense Force (SDF) personnel
to Haiti, which was hit by a major earthquake. The SDF personnel
will engage in providing medical services to the injured and
controlling infectious diseases. Prior to the dispatch of the
medical team, the Defense Ministry sent an advance team of 12 SDF
personnel on the same day to collect information. A Japanese medical
team of 25 civilians have already started rescue operations after
arriving in Leogane, a city 40 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince,
the nation's capital, on the afternoon of Jan. 17, local time.

12) JAL to apply for petition for protection with court under
Corporate Rehabilitation Law

NIKKEI (Page 1) (Excerpts)
January 19, 2010

Japan Airlines (JAL) along with its two core group companies will
apply for a petition for protection with the Tokyo District Court
under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law, directly after which the
government-backed Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of
Japan (ETIC) will decide to provide financial assistance to the
carrier. The government also intends to announce its full support
for the carrier to ensure that its flight operations will not
suffer. JAL will aim at reconstructing its management under the
control of ETIC. The corporate turnaround body will improve JAL's
financial structure, by asking financial institutions for debt
write-offs and applying measures for capital reinforcement. The
carrier will also streamline flight routes and cut personnel so that
it can complete reconstruction by 2013.

13) JCER estimates Japan's growth rate in 2010s at 1.2 percent

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
January 19, 2010

The Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) on Jan. 18 finalized

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the 36th mid-term economic outlook, which projects Japan's economic
growth up to fiscal 2020. According to the projection, real gross
domestic product (GDP) in the 2010s will remain low at 1.2 percent
on average. With companies expanding their overseas production,
capital spending on domestic facilities will be sluggish. Growth in
employment and income will be limited. Personal consumption will
also lack vitality

14) Sea Shepherd boat approaches Japanese whaling ship under
disguise of Norwegian boat

SANKEI (Page 2) (Excerpts)
January 19, 2010

It has been learned as of Jan. 18 that the anti-whaling group Sea
Shepherd Conservation Society's protest boat, Bob Barker, was
sailing in Antarctic waters under the disguise of a
Norwegian-registered ship. The Sea Shepherd has continued to
obstruct the operations of Japanese whaling fleet vessels. Because
the act of disguising the nationality of a ship violates the United
Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which stipulates rules for
navigation on the open sea, the Japanese government submitted photos
and video of the Bob Baker taken by a Japanese whaling fleet vessel
to the Norwegian government. In reaction, the Norwegian Foreign
Ministry sent a letter of protest to the Sea Shepherd by the 18th.

15) METI to revise energy program

NIKKEI (Page 5) (Excerpts)
January 19, 2010

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will revise its
basic energy program, which serves as a guideline for the
government's mid- to long-term energy policy. The revised program
will include a basic policy direction for the next 10-20 years for
such policy challenges as measures to curb global warming, a sharp
rise in the prices of energy resources such as crude oil, and the
securing of rare metals. The ministry will hold its first committee
meeting in February of the comprehensive resources and energy
research council, an advisory panel reporting to the METI minister,
with the aim of drafting a review plan in May or June.

METI Minister Masayuki Naoshima will announce the plan on the 19th.

METI will look into specific measures to achieve the government's
goal of cutting domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by
2020 in comparison with the 1990 level. The revised program will
include measures to promote the introduction of renewable energy,
such as wind-power and solar energy generation, and
energy-conserving dissemination measures for offices and households,
which are emitting increasing levels of carbon dioxide.

16) Poll: 70 PERCENT urge Ozawa to quit his party post; cabinet
support plunges to 45 PERCENT

YOMIURI (Top play) (Abridged)
January 18, 2010

The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a telephone-based spot nationwide
public opinion survey from the evening of Jan. 16 through Jan. 17 in
the wake of the arrests of Tomohiro Ishikawa, a former secretary of
Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa and a DPJ

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lawmaker seated in the House of Representatives, and of Ozawa's
former secretaries over his fund-managing body's land purchase. The
approval rating for Prime Minister Haotyama's cabinet plunged to 45
PERCENT , down 11 percentage points from the 56 PERCENT rating in
the last survey conducted Jan. 8-10. The disapproval rating for the
Hatoyama cabinet was 42 PERCENT (34 PERCENT in the last survey).
In the survey, 70 PERCENT of respondents answered "yes" when asked
if they thought Ozawa should resign from his party post to take
responsibility for the money-linked scandals that developed into the
arrests of his former secretaries, while 21 PERCENT said he did not
need to do so. The public's severe view of Ozawa's "politics and
money" problem will likely reverberate not only in the ordinary Diet
session starting today but also in the future political situation.

In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the DPJ
stood at 34 PERCENT , down from 39 PERCENT in the last survey. The
leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party was at 20 PERCENT , up
from 16 PERCENT in the last survey. Those with no particular party
affiliation accounted for 33 PERCENT (35 PERCENT in the last
survey).

17) Poll: Nonsupport for Hatoyama cabinet outstrips support

TOKYO SHIMBUN (Top play) (Abridged)
January 19, 2010

Kyodo News conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across
the nation on Jan. 17-18 following the arrests of Tomohiro Ishikawa,
a former secretary of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan's
Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa and currently a DPJ lawmaker seated
in the House of Representatives, and of his former secretaries over
the land deal involving Ozawa and his fund-managing body. The
approval rating for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's cabinet was 41.5
PERCENT , showing a sharp drop of 9.3 points from the previous
survey conducted Jan. 10-11. In contrast, the disapproval rating for
the Hatoyama cabinet jumped 10.9 points to 41.5 PERCENT . The
approval and disapproval ratings for the Hatoyama changed places for
the first time since its inauguration last September.

In the survey, respondents were asked what Ozawa should do. In
response to this question, a total of 73.3 PERCENT were negative
about Ozawa's intention to stay on as DPJ secretary general, broken
down into 39.5 PERCENT saying he should resign as DPJ secretary
general and 33.8 PERCENT saying he should resign from the Diet.

In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the DPJ
stood at 32.1 PERCENT , down 6.6 points from the previous survey,
and was the lowest figure for the party since the Hatoyama cabinet
came into office. The leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party
was at 22.7 PERCENT , up 5.4 points.

18) Poll: 70 PERCENT say Ozawa should resign from his party post;
cabinet support plummets to 44 PERCENT

SANKEI (Page 1) (Abridged)
January 19, 2010

The Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) conducted a joint
public opinion survey on Jan. 16-17, in which 70.7 PERCENT of
respondents said Ichiro Ozawa, secretary general of the ruling
Democratic Party of Japan, should resign from his party post in
connection with the arrests of Tomohiro Ishikawa, a former secretary

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of Ozawa and now a DPJ lawmaker in the House of Representatives, and
of two other former secretaries over the questionable land purchase
involving Ozawa and his fund-managing body. The public approval
rating for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his cabinet plummeted
to 44.3 PERCENT , down 6.7 percentage points from the last survey
conducted Dec. 19-20 last year. The Hatoyama cabinet's support rate
fell below 50 PERCENT for the first time since the administration
came into office. The nonsupport rate was 40.3 PERCENT .

In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the DPJ
stood at 32.4 PERCENT , down 4.8 points from the last survey. The
leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party also slipped to 18.6
PERCENT .

19) Poll: 67 PERCENT call for Ozawa to resign from his party post;
cabinet support spirals down to 42 PERCENT

ASAHI (Page 1) (Abridged)
January 18, 2010

The Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based nationwide public
opinion survey on Jan. 16-17, in which 67 PERCENT of respondents
answered that Ichiro Ozawa, secretary general of the ruling
Democratic Party of Japan, should resign from his party post to take
responsibility for his fund-managing body's money-linked scandals
that have led to the arrests of Tomohiro Ishikawa, a former
secretary of Ozawa and a DPJ lawmaker seated in the House of
Representatives, and of his former secretaries. The rate of public
support for the Hatoyama cabinet was 42 PERCENT , down from the 48
PERCENT rating in the last survey conducted Dec. 19-20. The
nonsupport rate was 41 PERCENT (34 PERCENT in the last survey).
The approval and disapproval ratings were nearly the same.

Among those with no particular party affiliation, the Hatoyama
cabinet's support rate was 20 PERCENT and its nonsupport rate was
substantially higher at 54 PERCENT .

In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the DPJ
stood at 36 PERCENT , markedly down from the 42 PERCENT rating in
the last survey. However, the opposition Liberal Democratic Party's
support rate also remained low at 16 PERCENT (18 PERCENT in the
last survey).

20) TOKYO SHIMBUN (Page 2) (Abridged)
January 16, 2010

The public approval rating for the Hatoyama cabinet was 47.1 PERCENT
in a public opinion survey conducted by Jiji Press on Jan. 8-11, up
0.3 percentage points from last month, remaining almost flat.
Meanwhile the disapproval rating was 32.4 PERCENT , up 2.1 points
from last month. The figure rose for the third month in a row. The
rise in the nonsupport rate can be taken as reflecting such issues
as the involvement of Prime Minister Hatoyama in his fund-managing
body's falsification of political funds and the sudden resignation
of Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii before the ordinary Diet
session.

The survey was conducted across the nation on a face-to-face basis,
with a total of 2,000 persons chosen from among men and women aged
20 and over. The response rate was 66.1 PERCENT .

In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling

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Democratic Party of Japan stood at 26.2 PERCENT , up 1.2 points from
last month. The opposition Liberal Democratic Party was at 13.1
PERCENT , down 2.5 points. The New Komeito was at 4.3 PERCENT , up
2.2 points. Among other political parties, the Japanese Communist
Party was at 1.1 PERCENT , the Social Democratic Party at 0.6
PERCENT , the Your Party at 0.4 PERCENT , and the People's New Party
at 0.1 PERCENT . "None" accounted for 52.5 PERCENT .

21) Poll: 60 PERCENT support suffrage for foreigners

ASAHI (Page 38) (Excerpt)
January 19, 2010

Those who supported the idea of giving local suffrage to permanent
foreign residents in Japan accounted for 60 PERCENT while 29
PERCENT expressed opposition in a nationwide opinion survey
conducted by the Asahi Shimbun on Jan. 16-17.

22) Poll: 61.7 PERCENT approve of presence of Yokosuka Air Base,
down 2.8 points from previous poll, reflecting growing concerns
about crimes

ASAHI (Page 37) (Slightly abridged)
January 18, 2010

A survey conducted by the Yokosuka municipal government showed
citizens' mixed feelings about the U.S. military presence. In the
survey, 61.7 PERCENT replied that the presence of a U.S. base in
the city was preferable or unavoidable, but this figure was 2.8
percentage points less than in the previous survey in November
2005.

In the survey conducted in June 2008, a questionnaire form was sent
to 5,000 citizens aged over 15 in Yokosuka City, and the municipal
government received 2,173 valid responses.

Asked for views about the presence of a U.S. military base in the
city, 44.1 PERCENT of respondents said that the presence was
unavoidable, followed by 26.3 PERCENT replying that it was
undesirable and 17.6 PERCENT saying that it was desirable. Among
the respondents who said the presence was desirable, those aged
between 20 and 24 accounted for 31.3 PERCENT of the total, more
than double the percentage of those in their 50s or 60s who gave
made the same reply.

Compared with the previous survey, a significant change was seen in
the reasons for judging the propriety of the base presence. Among
the respondents who said the base presence was undesirable, those
who cited concerns about crimes and accidents accounted for 45.2
PERCENT , up 26.9 percentage points from the 18.3 PERCENT in the
previous survey.

Meanwhile, in the previous survey 45.5 PERCENT listed concerns
about Japan's possible involvement in a war, but those who cited
this reason was 20.7 PERCENT , a decrease of 24.8 percentage
points.

In Yokosuka City, three murder cases involving U.S. military
personnel occurred during a period of nearly three years between the
two surveys. The survey results this time also reflect the
deployment of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington
at the Yokosuka base.

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23) Poll: 65 PERCENT of Nago voters opposed to Futenma relocation
to Henoko

ASAHI (Page 38) (Abridged)
January 19, 2010

In Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, the campaign battle has begun for the
Jan. 24 mayoral election. The city's Henoko area is where the U.S.
military's Futenma airfield in the island prefecture's Ginowan city
will be relocated in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement
reached between Japan and the United States. In the meantime, Asahi
Shimbun conducted a telephone-based poll of the city's voting
population on Jan. 17-18 to probe the situation. The race has become
a hot contest between Susumu Inamine, a new candidate opposing the
relocation of Futenma airfield to Henoko, and Yoshikazu Shimabukuro,
the incumbent mayor favoring the Futenma relocation to the site.
Nearly 30 PERCENT of those polled did not reveal their voting
behavior, so the situation could change.

Meanwhile, 65 PERCENT of respondents answered "no" when asked if
they were in favor of the Futenma relocation to Henoko, with 16
PERCENT saying "yes." Respondents were also asked if they approved
of the Hatoyama cabinet's handling of the Futenma relocation issue.
To this question, 50 PERCENT answered "no," with 28 PERCENT saying
"yes."

The survey was conducted jointly with the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu
Asahi Broadcasting.

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