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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
AND U.S.-RUSSIA NUCLEAR ARMS REDUCTION TALKS

1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Monday morning included
the state-backed turnaround body's reconstruction plans
for ailing Japan Airlines.

2. "Host Nation Support Is Necessary Spending" The
moderate Yomiuri stated in an editorial (1/11): "It
makes sense to review Japan's host nation support for
the U.S. military in a reasonable manner and
drastically reduce wasteful spending. However, we
should not forget that the presence of the U.S.
military is the foundation of the U.S.-Japan
alliance.... The Hatoyama administration only stresses
the need to reduce the burden on local communities
hosting U.S. bases, but it should also look at the
importance of the deterrent power of the U.S.
military."

3. "U.S. and Russia Must Swiftly Conclude Nuclear Arms
Reduction Treaty" The business-oriented Nikkei
editorialized (1/10): "The U.S. and Russia will resume
their talks shortly on the conclusion of a new nuclear
arms reduction treaty.... We hope the treaty will be
concluded at an early date.... A nuclear security
summit and an NPT review conference will be held this
spring. In order to realize President Obama's idea of a
'world without nuclear weapons,' the U.S. and Russia,
which possess 95 percent of all of the nuclear weapons
in the world, should set an example for nuclear arms
reduction."


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