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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Gaza and Ukraine

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - GAZA AND UKRAINE

1. LEAD STORIES: All papers on Wednesday morning gave
top or front-page play to Toyota's announcement on
Tuesday that it would recall 437,000 hybrid vehicles
worldwide to repair brake problems.

2. "Further Efforts Needed to End Tragedy in Gaza" The
liberal Asahi editorialized (2/10): "In order to settle
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we need to create
conditions for regional stability through a
step-by-step approach as if unraveling a tangled web.
We hope the U.S., which has close relations with Israel
and can work with Arab nations, will make additional
efforts to end the tragedy in Gaza."

3. "Ukraine to Revert to Being Pro-Russia" The business-
oriented Nikkei stated in an editorial (2/10): "The
future course of Ukraine, which is likely to quickly
revert to being a pro-Russian nation, is worrisome....
Russia naturally welcomes the change of government in
Ukraine. In addition to Ukraine, it is quite possible
that Russia will increase its influence over its key
neighbors that have geopolitical importance, such as
Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Although Russia has incurred
serious damages from the collapse of the Soviet Union
and the recent financial crisis, we cannot rule out
concerns that Russia's expansionism, which is backed by
its rich energy resources, will become a source of
instability by upsetting the balance of power in the
region."

ROOS

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