Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 09/15/09

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1) Top headlines
2) Editorials
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule (Nikkei)
4) DPJ President Hatoyama's schedule, September 14 (Nikkei)
Misawa Air Base
5) U.S. floated idea of removing F-16s from Misawa Air Base (Kahoku
6) U.S.'s putting out feelers on F-16 redeployment shakes base
community (Too Nippo)
Futenma Relocation
7) Ginowan Mayor calls on DPJ, SDP, and PNP (Mainichi)
8) Ginowan Mayor asks JCP leader Shii for help in resolving Futenma
issue (Akahata)
9) Politics
10) Fujii tapped as Finance Minister; Maehara selected as Minister
of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (Nikkei)
11) DPJ parliamentary group grows to 312 members (Nikkei)
12) The curtain falls on Aso cabinet tomorrow (Sankei)
13) Kono also to run for LDP president (Asahi)
Japan-U.S. Relations
14) White House examined possibility of Ford visit to Hiroshima in
1974 (Asahi)
15) U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to arrive in Japan on the 17th
16) Senior U.S. officials arrive in Japan in succession (Yomiuri)
17) Okada and Australian Ambassador to Japan agree on EPA's
importance (Mainichi)
18) Keidanren requests DPJ adopt policies for greenhouse-gas
reduction (Yomiuri)
Foreign Relations
19) Japan and China to examine "East Asia Community" (Yomiuri)
White House studied possibility of visit to Hiroshima by President
Ford during his 1974 trip to Japan
Greed returning to Wall Street a year after Lehman collapse
Lineup of Hatoyama cabinet to be unofficially decided today
Hatoyama likely to pick Fujii as finance minister, Maehara as
transport minister
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Toll-free system to be introduced first in Hokkaido, Kyushu next
fiscal year
Tokyo Shimbun:
A year after Lehman shock: Huge salaries still being paid
Ichiro sets new record, achieving 200 hits for ninth straight
(1) Review of postal privatization: Present alternative plan first
(2) 200 hits for ninth straight season: Ichiro sets new record
(1) Burden was too heavy for Aso cabinet
(2) Implement measures for elderly requiring care in urban
(1) Once year after Lehman collapse: Make use of lessons to revive
financial system
(2) Ichiro sets remarkable record
(1) Highest value of gold to test dollar's credibility
(2) Abolishment of vice ministers' press conferences displays lack
of consideration
(1) More motivated LDP members should run in LDP presidential race,
following Tanigaki
(2) One year after Lehman collapse: Make efforts to avoid second
Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Ichiro's outstanding achievement: Aim for 200 hits every season
(2) JAL reconstruction: Make own efforts without depending solely on
foreign capital
(1) Ichiro's amazing achievement is result of persistent efforts
3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)
Prime Minister's schedule, September 14
NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
September 15, 2009
07:31 Took a walk around his private residence in Kamiyama-cho.
10:00 Met Defense Parliament Secretary for Defense Takeda at the
11:45 Met Chief Cabinet Secretary Kawamura, followed by Vice Foreign
Minister Yabunaka and Deputy Foreign Minister Sasae.
13:07 Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Culture, Sports and S
14:00 Met DPJ President Hatoyama in the Diet building. Kawamura and
DPJ executive office chief Hirano were present. Kawamura stayed
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14:31 Arrived at the Kantei.
15:08 Met foreign trainees at the Japan Patent Office. Then
inspected the office.
16:12 Arrived at the Kantei.
18:54 Dined with his secretaries at a steak house in Nihonbashi.
22:06 Arrived at his private residence.
4) DPJ President Hatoyama's schedule, September 14
09:00 Left home in Denenchofu with his wife Miyuki.
09:33 Arrived at his private office in Nagata-cho.
11:02 Met Korean actor Lee Seojin. His wife was present.
11:34 Met party executive office chief Hirano at the party
12:06 Dined with his wife at a Chinese restaurant in the Sanno Park
Tower in Nagata-cho.
13:03 Met Policy Research Council Chairman Naoshima at the party
14:00 Met Prime Minister Aso in the Diet building. Chief Cabinet
Secretary Kawamura and Hirano were present.
14:48 Met Lower House member Motohisa Furukawa at the party
headquarters. Lower House member Yorihisa Matsuno was present.
15:28 Met Furukawa, Matsuno, and Hirano. Hirano stayed behind.
Deputy President Kan joined.
16:06 Met Deputy Foreign Minister Otabe and Vice Finance Minister
for International Financial Affairs Tamaki. Furukawa was present.
17:19 Met Upper House member Kohei Otsuka and Furukawa.
18:22 Met Deputy President Ozawa.
18:56 Met U.S. Ambassador to Japan Roos at the U.S. Embassy in
Akasaka. His wife was present.
21:45 Arrived home.
5) U.S. sounded out Japan this April on F-16 pullout from Misawa
base; Tokyo frowned, withholding reply
KAHOKU SHIMPO (Online) (Abridged)
September 12, 2009
The U.S. government sounded out the Japanese government early this
April on a plan to withdraw all of about 40 F-16 fighter jets
currently deployed to the U.S. Misawa Air Base in Misawa City,
Aomori Prefecture, beginning as early as this year, sources on
Japan-U.S. relations revealed yesterday. At the same time, the U.S.
government also proposed reducing the current deployment of F-15
fighter jets to the U.S. Kadena Air Base, which straddles Kadena
Town and some other municipalities in Japan's southernmost island
prefecture of Okinawa and which currently deploys more than 50
F-15s, according to the sources.
The move reflects the Obama administration's review of the United
States' defense strategy since coming into office. The Japanese
government, concerned about the impact on the North Korean situation
and the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, is opposed to the
proposed plans and withholding an answer, the sources said. Japan
and the United States have reached an intergovernmental agreement on
a plan to realign U.S. forces in Japan, based on the current
deployment of U.S. forces in Japan. With the Democratic Party of
Japan soon to launch a new government under DPJ President Hatoyama,
the Japanese and U.S. governments could enter into consultations
over this issue and again focus on such matters as the proposal to
move the heliport functions of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air
Station in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture, to the Kadena base.
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A Japanese government official predicts that in case the
Misawa-based F-16s are withdrawn, F-35 fighter jets could be
deployed instead in rotation from a U.S. base on Guam. The F-35 is a
next-generation fighter jet model.
The F-35, however, has yet to be mass-produced. Its deployment is
still more than five years away. The Misawa base may therefore have
no fighter planes deployed on a standing basis.
On April 6 this year, U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates held a press
conference at the Department of Defense regarding a plan to review
the defense budget for fiscal 2010 (Oct. 2009 through Sept. 2010).
In his press remarks there, Gates clarified his decision to forgo
placing additional orders for the F-22 Raptor, a state-of-the-art
stealth fighter that the Air Self-Defense Force had regarded as a
likely candidate in the process of screening and selecting its
follow-on mainstay fighter jet model. On that occasion, the Pentagon
chief revealed a plan to retire 250 outdated fighter planes,
including F-16s, in FY2010. In addition, he also revealed a plan to
expedite the procurement of F-35s, produce 513 F-35s in five years,
and buy a total of 2,443 F-35s in the end.
Washington came up with the plans through diplomatic channels around
that press conference to withdraw the Misawa-based F-16s and reduce
the Kadena-based F-15s, according to sources on Japan-U.S.
relations. The plans were conveyed to the Defense Ministry through
the Foreign Ministry. However, Tokyo sealed the plans as extremely
confidential information, giving thought to such factors as the
potential impact on the bilateral alliance. The Japanese government
has not formally owned up to its having been sounded out on the
6) F-16 pullout plan an earth-shattering event for base town
TOO NIPPO Online (Excerpts)
September 12, 2009
Reports that the U.S. government has sounded out Japan on a plan to
pull out F-16 fighters from Misawa Air Base have shaken the local
community. The news has also sparked concerns that the fighter
withdrawal will deal a serious blow to the local economy.
A Misawa city official did not conceal his surprise at the U.S.
government's plan to withdraw the F-16s, describing it as an
"astounding event." In 1970 an air unit was relocated from the
Misawa base to South Korea and the continental United States as part
of a plan to reduce U.S. forces in Japan. Consequently, over 1,000
base workers lost their jobs.
"That event caused the collapse of about half of Misawa City." The
city official is concerned about the reoccurrence of that
"It's a bolt from the blue," said a 49-year-old Japanese base
employee. "There has been a rumor that the aging F-16s will be
replaced with a new model. (The U.S. military announced the other
day) a plan encouraging U.S. service members and their families to
live on base. Was it a move in anticipation of the F-16 pullout? If
the F-16s are actually pulled out, it will deal a serious blow to us
base workers and to the city itself."
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A Misawa real estate agent managing apartments and houses for many
U.S. service members commented: "If the aircraft are pulled out
rather than replaced with new ones, we will be in trouble. Over
1,000 service members might be pulled out along with the fighters. I
want more information." The owner of a restaurant whose patrons are
70 PERCENT Americans said, "I don't know how many people will leave
the city, but a withdrawal is certain to deal a big blow to us. We
are already suffering from a strong yen."
There is an observation that the F-16 pullout plan is designed to
apply pressure to the incoming administration led by the Democratic
Party of Japan (DPJ). A senior commerce and industry association
official wondered why information on the pullout was disclosed just
as the new administration is about to be launched. A senior official
of a civic organization active in exchanges with Americans took this
view: "Information was probably leaked intentionally to intimidate
the DPJ. It's just like the United States to take such an approach."
7) Misawa, prefectural governments have not received any information
on F-16 pullout
TOO NIPPO Online (Excerpts)
September 12, 2009
The U.S. government sounded out Japan on a plan to withdraw the F-16
fighters from the U.S. Misawa base. To the Misawa municipal
government and the Aomori prefectural government, this move was a
bolt from the blue. In an interview on Sept. 11, Misawa Mayor
Kazumasa Taneichi stated: "We have not received any information. I
cannot say anything about (a possible impact on the local region)
based on a hypothetical situation. I want to confirm the matter with
the central government early next week." City assembly base affairs
special subcommittee chairman Masahiko Kohiruimaki said
emphatically, "The local region has been left behind in talks
between the two states. We wanted them to show some consideration,
such as providing advance information."
An official with the prefectural government anti-disaster and
firefighting division also indicated with a surprised look on his
face that the prefectural government had not received any
information from the central government. Vice-Governor Takeshi Ebina
said, "We haven't received any information, so I cannot comment on
our response at this point."
8) Ginowan mayor pays visit to DPJ, SDP, PNP regarding Futenma
MAINICHI (Page 5) (Full)
September 15, 2009
Okinawa Prefecture's Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha yesterday visited the
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and
People's New Party (PNP) to file a petition with the three parties
in connection with reviewing the planned relocation of the U.S.
Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in his city. In yesterday's
meetings with the three parties' leaders, Iha filed a petition for
relocating Futenma airfield outside Japan or the prefecture.
According to Iha, DPJ Policy Research Committee Chairman Masayuki
Naoshima said, "We want to tackle this issue while building a
relationship of mutual trust with the U.S. Obama administration."
Iha also quoted SDP President Mizuho Fukushima as saying her party
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would exert its utmost effort to resolve the Futenma issue. The
PNP's leaders were all absent and a staff official met with the
9) Ginowan mayor asks Shii to resolve Futenma issue swiftly
AKAHATA (Page 2) (Excerpts)
September 15, 2009
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chairman Kazuo Shii held talks with
Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha at party headquarters yesterday. In the
session, the mayor asked for the JCP's cooperation for the early
closure and return of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station,
which occupies the city's central part, and for making (U.S. forces)
abide by the safety and environmental criteria comparable to those
in the continental United States.
In response, Chairman Shii promised the party's cooperation, saying,
"It is important that in party-head debates during the campaigning
(for the Aug. 30 general election), Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
President Yukio Hatoyama declared that (a DPJ administration) will
move Futenma Air Station out of the prefecture. It is a public
pledge, so we will press the party to deliver on its promise."
At the same time, Chairman Shii indicated that if Hatoyama is to
carry out what he promised, the 1996 SACO (Special Action Committee
on Okinawa) agreement must be reviewed. "We will urge (the DPJ) to
hold talks to fundamentally review the Japan-U.S. agreement and
return it to square one" Shii said.
He also underlined the need to immediately correct the U.S. forces'
failure to abide by the U.S.-level safety criteria at Futenma Air
Station, indicating that it is the incoming administration's
responsibility to eliminate the danger to the base by shutting it
Iha said: "I am counting on such a position of the DPJ. I also want
to see the parties joining the new administration to resume talks on
a review of the intergovernmental agreement. I definitely want to
see the DPJ give a boost to such an effort."
Shii stated: "The Obama administration has shown positive changes
regarding the nuclear weapons issue and other matters. Meanwhile,
there has been no change in Japan-U.S. relations because the LDP-New
Komeito administration said absolutely nothing. It is important to
make efforts to convey the voices of the peoples of Japan and
Okinawa to the other side. We are going to urge the new
administration to do just that."
10) Hatoyama likely to pick Fujii as finance minister, Maehara as
transport minister, Fukushima as state minister for consumer affairs
or state minister for declining birthrate, Kamei as defense
NIKKEI (Top play) (Excerpts)
September 15, 2009
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) President Yukio Hatoyama met
yesterday evening with DPJ Deputy President Ichiro Ozawa to discuss
the appointment of new cabinet and DPJ executive members. At the
meeting, Hatoyama decided to appoint Hirohisa Fujii, a supreme
advisor to the DPJ, as finance minister. He is also likely to pick
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Vice President Seiji Maehara for the post of land, infrastructure,
and transport minister. Hatoyama intends to assign the post of state
minister for consumer affairs or state minister for declining
birthrate to Mizuho Fukushima, chairperson of the Social Democratic
Party (SDP), with which the DPJ will form a coalition government. He
also plans to assign the post of defense minister to Shizuka Kamei,
leader of the People's New Party (PNP), the other coalition
Hatoyama has so far informally appointed Hirofumi Hirano, head of
the DPJ's executive office, as chief cabinet secretary, Deputy
President Naoto Kan as deputy prime minister and national strategy
minister, and Secretary General Katsuya Okada as foreign minister.
It has also been decided that Policy Research Committee Chairman
Masayuki Naoshima will join the new cabinet. The planned National
Strategy Bureau, which will be under the direct control of the new
prime minister, is responsible for drafting state budgets and the
nation's basic policies. In order to centralize decision-making
processes, Kan will concurrently serve as LDP policy chief.
11) DPJ parliamentary group actually to have 312 members in Lower
NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
September 15, 2009
It was decided yesterday that New Party Nippon leader Yasuo Tanaka
(elected in the Hyogo No. 8 district), Hiroshi Kawaguchi (Akita No.
2 district), an independent, and Hidesaburo Kawamura (Miyazaki No. 1
district), an independent, will join the Democratic Party of Japan
(DPJ) parliamentary group in the House of Representatives. The three
won their seats in the Sept. 30 Lower House general election.
The DPJ won 308 seats in last month's general election. Since New
Party Daichi leader Muneo Suzuki (proportional representation
Hokkaido bloc) has already decided to join the group, the DPJ
parliamentary group will count 312 members. However, if Takahiro
Yokomichi is elected as speaker of the Lower House at a special Diet
session to be convened on Sept. 16, he will leave the parliamentary
group in accordance with convention. As a result, the DPJ
parliamentary group will have 311 Lower House members.
12) Aso cabinet to come to an end tomorrow
SANKEI (Page 5) (Abridged)
September 15, 2009
The Aso cabinet will resign en masse on Sept. 16 after 358 days in
office, to be replaced by the next administration. Prime Minister
Taro Aso in September last year was elected last September as
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president as the "face of the
election." However, approval ratings for his cabinet plunged after
he put off Lower House dissolution due to the global economic
crisis. Moves to oust him have continued in the party due in part to
his inappropriate comments. The state of mind of the prime minister,
who has brought the 50-year-old LDP administration to an end, may be
like Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the 15th shogun, who surrendered without
firing a shot at the Satsuma-Choshu allied forces.
13) Taro Kono intends to run in LDP presidential race
ASAHI (Page 1) (Full)
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September 15, 2009
House of Representatives member Taro Kono, 46, of the Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP) met with junior and mid-level LDP members
yesterday evening in Tokyo. At the meeting, he made up his mind to
run in the Sept. 28 LDP presidential election, for which the
official campaign will kick off on Sept. 18. Kono is now serving in
his fifth term in the Diet, representing the Kanagawa No. 15
district. Former Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki, 64, who
declared his candidacy on Sept. 13, is supported by veteran
lawmakers. Therefore, the situation in the LDP is now beginning to
take on aspects of generational confrontation.
"I intend to run for the presidency," said Kono. "Taking the lead in
reforming the party, I wish to promote a generational change. I
think I am the most suitable person to do so. If 20 recommendations
(the number of supporters required for LDP members to run in
presidential elections) are collected, I will formally announce my
House of Councillors member Hiroshige Seko said, "He needs two more
recommendations." Kono is the oldest son of former Lower House
Speaker Yohei Kono. He belongs to the Aso faction of the LDP.
14) White House studied possibility of visit to Hiroshima by former
President Ford during his trip to Japan in 1974
ASAHI (Top Play) (Excerpts)
September 15, 2009
(Toshihiro Okuyama)
The White House studied the possibility of former U.S. President
Gerald Ford (Republican) visiting Hiroshima as the first U.S.
president to do so when he visited Japan in 1974, according to an
internal document from the Ford administration. A presidential aid
made the proposal in an attempt to demonstrate reconciliation
between Japan and the U.S. and to advocate arms reduction to the
world. The White House seriously studied the possibility for two
weeks, but decided against the plan in the end out of concern that
the envisioned visit could cause a negative reaction in Japan.
Barriers to a Hiroshima visit by Obama
(Hirotsugu Mochizuki, Washington)
Now that expectations are growing for arms reduction following the
inauguration of U.S. President Obama, who has been calling for a
world free of nuclear weapons, the proposal made 35 years ago is
becoming more significant. But there are a number of hurdles to
clear before the plan can be translated into concrete action.
Dennis Wilder, who served as National Security Council (NSC) Asian
director under the previous Bush administration, commented on a
visit to Hiroshima by Obama: "Now is the proper time to seriously
consider the possibility. If American citizens see the President
mourning for those who died in the atomic bombing, they will take it
as the President showing respect for the Japanese people."
Wilder said that the White House never considered the possibility of
a presidential visit to Hiroshima during his service.
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Meanwhile, many Japanese support Obama's vision of a world without
nuclear weapons. There are even moves in Japan to invite the
President to Hiroshima.
The key lies in the trend of public opinion in the U.S. Some
Americans see the atomic bombings as appropriate, as seen from this
comment by a person who once served as Defense Department secretary:
"The atomic bombing saved the lives of several million people in
Japan and Asia." Conservatives criticize as weak-kneed Obama's
stance of admitting "the U.S.'s past mistakes" over the Iraq war and
other actions. If the propriety of a visit to Pearl Harbor by a
Japanese ranking official is brought up in exchange for a
presidential visit to Hiroshima, it might develop into a delicate
political issue.
15) Campbell to visit Japan on Sept. 17
ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
September 15, 2009
Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, who is responsible for
Japan policy, is expected to visit Japan on Sept. 17-19 and meet
with the new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, the new foreign
minister, Katsuya Okada, and other new government officials,
according to a senior Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) member. The
U.S. hopes to confirm the close Japan-U.S. relationship before the
first meeting between Hatoyama and U.S. President Barack Obama
planned for next week.
In the U.S. there is concern about the DPJ's promise to propose
revising the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement and to make
efforts to revise the U.S. force realignment plan. Some in the U.S.
were perplexed by an article written by Hatoyama, which they took as
criticism of the U.S.
Campbell is one of the Obama administration officials most
knowledgeable about Japan.
16) Senior U.S. officials to visit Japan in succession for policy
talks with incoming Hatoyama administration
YOMIURI (Page 2) (Full)
Evening, September 14, 2009
(Satoshi Ogawa, Washington)
The U.S. government plans to send senior officials mainly in the
State Department and the Defense Department to Japan to exchange
views with officials in the new Hatoyama administration.
Final coordination is underway for a visit to Japan by Deputy
Secretary of State James Steinberg in late September. This is part
of his round of visits in Asia, but the main purpose of the visit is
to start full-scale talks with new Japanese government officials. In
addition to administrative talks with Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji
Yabunaka and others, Steinberg is scheduled to meet the foreign
minister and other cabinet members in the new administration.
National Security Council Asian Affairs Director Jeffery Bader is
expected to accompany Steinberg on his Asia visit.
The U.S. government expects that Japanese and U.S. government
officials will fully exchange views. A U.S. diplomatic source said,
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"We are worried that the Democratic Party of Japan in its policy
agreement on forming a coalition government referred to plans
calling for a review of the realignment of U.S. forces and for
revision of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement."
During this week, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will
visit Japan. In the following week, President Barack Obama and
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Democratic Party of
Japan (DPJ) President Yukio Hatoyama and Secretary General Katsuya
Okada (who has been tapped as foreign minister), both of whom will
be visiting the U.S. to attend the UN General Assembly and other
Furthermore, arrangements are now being made for Special
Representatives for North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth to visit
Japan in early October. Around Oct. 20, Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates is slated to visit Japan to discuss the U.S. military
realignment plan, the SOFA, and Japan's host-nation support.
17) DPJ Okada agrees with Australian ambassador on importance of
MAINICHI (Page 5) (Full)
September 15, 2009
Secretary General Katsuya Okada of the Democratic Party of Japan
(DPJ), who has been informally named as the next foreign minister,
met with Australian Ambassador to Japan McLean on Sept. 14 at the
party headquarters. They agreed on the importance of a
Japan-Australian economic partnership agreement (EPA) and vowed to
continue talks on the matter.
18) Nippon Keidanren seeks cautious stance from DPJ in setting goal
for greenhouse gas emissions reduction
YOMIURI (Page 2) (Full)
September 15, 2009
The Japan Business Federation (Nihon Keidanren) on Sept. 14
finalized a list of 10 requests to be submitted to the incoming
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)-led administration. Concerning a
goal for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, the report calls on DPJ
President Hatoyama, who has announced a plan to cut emissions by 25
percent in comparison with the 1990 level, to take a cautious
stance, noting that a mid-term goal should be set based on national
discussions on the propriety of the burden shouldered by the people
and the feasibility of the goal.
Nippon Keidanren Chairman Fujio Mitarai at a press conference on the
14th pointed out, "The government should obtain understanding from
the people by presenting specific methods for cutting greenhouse gas
emissions based on scientific studies." He also expressed the view
that the participation of major emitters, such as the U.S., India,
and China, in the protocol should be the premise for Japan to set an
emissions reduction goal. The list of requests also includes a call
for strengthening the employment safety net.
19) Japan, China likely to agree to look into East Asia community
YOMIURI (Page 2) (Excerpts)
September 15, 2009
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Japan and China are expected to agree to cooperate in looking into
an East Asia community initiative at a bilateral summit between
Japan's new Prime Minister Hatoyama and Chinese President Hu Jintao
to be held in New York later this month. This was revealed by a
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) official on Sept. 14. The East Asia
community initiative is included in the DPJ's manifesto for the
Lower House election. There is a possibility that the U.S. will
express concern about the creation of such a framework under the
leadership of Japan and China.
Coordination is now underway to hold the summit, the first meeting
between the two leaders, around Sept. 23 on the sidelines of the UN
General Assembly. Hatoyama will ask Hu to cooperate on the
initiative. According to a source connected with Japan-China
relations, the Chinese side has indicated its understanding of the
initiative and Hu is expected to display a positive stance.
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