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JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

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JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

    March 22, 2002 March 22, 2002

    AMERICAN EMBASSY, TOKYO

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION

    OFFICE OF TRANSLATION AND MEDIA ANALYSIS

    (03-3224-5360, tokyoots@state.gov)

    TODAY’S FEATURES

    Top headlines ..................................................................................................................................... 2

    Editorials ............................................................................................................................................ 2

    Prime Minister's daily schedule ......................................................................................................... 3

    Opinion polls:

    -- 71% of lawmakers approve constitutional amendment, 66% support emergency bills, 54% favor use of collective self-defense: Yomiuri poll ...................................................................................... 3

    -- Yomiuri-Hankook Ilbo poll: 47% of Japanese, 32% of South Koreans see bilateral ties as "good," up 10 and 13 points, respectively, over 1996 ................................................................................... 4

    Political merry-go-round:

    -- Former LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato to be questioned by Tokyo prosecutors regarding 100 million yen received from former aide, now under arrest for tax evasion ..................................................... 4

    -- SDP legislator Tsujimoto may testify in Diet over alleged misuse of public secretary's pay ....... 5

    -- Kyoto gubernatorial race to be deeply affected by LDP's Sukuki-Kato scandals ......................... 5

    Prime Minister Koizumi in Seoul expresses strong desire to resolve abduction issue with North Korea .................................................................................................................................................. 6

    Former foreign minister Tanaka receives red-carpet treatment in China ......................................... 6

    Foreign Ministry refuses to surrender Suzuki-related documents requested by opposition party .... 7

    U.S.-Japan trade issues:

    -- Japan may impose retaliatory tariffs against U.S. for steel import restrictions; New WTO round damaged by U.S. move ...................................................................................................................... 7

    -- USTR considering compensatory measures for imposing steel import restrictions on Japan ....... 8

    -- U.S. Transportation Department may retaliate against Japan over FedEx slot squabble at Narita Airport ................................................................................................................................................ 8

    -- Government planning to expand FedEx's slots at Narita ............................................................... 8

    Emergency legislation:

    -- Government plans to have emergency legislation in place within 2 years .................................... 9

    -- Government to include Diet approval in emergency bills to ensure civilian control .................... 9

    -- Prime Minister in press conference stresses emergency legislation to cope with terrorism, rules out Cabinet reshuffle ................................................................................................................................ 9

    Economic agenda:

    -- Prime Minister rules out additional anti-deflationary measures for the time being ................... 10

    -- Economic and financial panel plans to recycle results of structural reform as tax cuts ............. 10

    (MHIX020322)

     Japanese Morning Press Highlights

    TOP HEADLINES EDITORIALS

Asahi: Asahi:

    Yatsuha Butsuryu, health food retailer that went (1) Outline of countermeasures on global warming; under in January, collected 150 billion yen, by Feasibility is questionable

    pledging dividends; Metropolitan Police Agency to (2) Court-martial; Truth abut ethnic war should be conduct raid early next week unraveled

Mainichi: Mainichi:

    Twelve leading banks projected to fall into red in (1) Intellectual Property Council: Show strategy for March settlement of accounts; Liabilities likely to triggering industrial revitalization! exceed 2.5 trillion yen due to accelerated liquidation (2) New blood law; Monitoring organ should be set of problem companies up to secure safety

Yomiuri: Yomiuri:

    Yomiuri poll on Diet members; 71 percent in favor of (1) New course of study: Indicate path to education revising the Constitutions; 66 percent support that will foster ability to think! emergency defense legislation [Translation below] (2) Post-graduate student murder case: Policy should

     correct their lax handling through thorough

    investigation into why they made mistake Nihon Keizai:

     China treading close on Japan's heels in number of

    international patent applications; Competition among Nihon Keizai:

    IT companies; Intellectual property rights to be piled (1) Recovery of global economy relying on United up for next generation States is unstable

Sankei: Sankei:

    Prime Minister: Emergency defense legislation should (1) China's defense expenditures: ODA to China also cover anti-terrorist measures; Flatly rules out should be suspended to stem its military buildup possibility of cabinet shuffle [Translation below] (2) 30 years have passed since the discovery of the

     Takamatsu Mound; Research should be

    conducted as a state project Tokyo Shimbun:

     Road policy specialists in Diet securing vested

    interests through cross-holding of stocks; 60 percent Tokyo Shimbun:

    of stocks unloaded at behest of government sold to (1) Steel problem: Speak out at the WTO affiliated institutions; Monopoly continues through (2) Recall system: Root out whitewashing of defects

    of products amakudari (golden parachute) practice

    (02032204yk) (02032203yk)

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     Japanese Morning Press Highlights

    respondents answered that the Constitution should be Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

    amended to make it possible for Japan to use the right of collective self-defense. The government is now in the process of packaging legislative measures dealing Prime Minister's schedule, March 21 with war contingencies, and this emergency defense legislation is now being regarded as a major point at NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full) issue during the current Diet session. In this regard, March 22, 2002 66% of the respondents supported the legislation. In reply to a question asking about the propriety of 09:39 Attended the spring festival of the having women succeed to the Imperial Throne, 88% Imperial Ancestors' Shrine at the were in favor of the idea. Poll results show a rapid Imperial Palace. change in the Dietmembers' views of the Constitution. 12:17 Met at his official residence with Chief It will likely have a significant impact on discussions Cabinet Secretary Fukuda. in the lower and upper house committees on 13:15 Left Haneda Airport for Seoul by constitutional affairs, and is also likely to greatly government plane. affect the moves for constitutional reform. Evening Arrived at Seoul Airport. Offered flowers at National Cemetery. Visited a Asked about the propriety of amending the shopping mall. Enjoyed traditional Constitution, more than 70% of the respondents were music at the National Music Hall. in favor of it. The percentage of those opposing Night Held informal talks with accompanying constitutional revision stood at 24%, down 11 reporters at the Shiragi Hotel. Dined percentage points. with Ambassador to the ROK Terada and others at a ROK restaurant in the In the breakdown of those respondents into city. Stayed at the hotel. political parties, 97% of the respondents from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party were in favor of (02032203ys) constitutional revision, up 21 percentage points from the previous poll. In addition, all of the respondents from the Liberal Party (Jiyuto) and from the New Conservative Party (Hoshuto) were in favor of