[Wikileaks/Japan] A/S CAMPBELL MEETS DPJ SECRETARY GENERAL OKADA

Viewing cable 09TOKYO1644, A/S CAMPBELL MEETS DPJ SECRETARY GENERAL OKADA

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SUBJECT: A/S CAMPBELL MEETS DPJ SECRETARY GENERAL OKADA

Classified By: Charge d’Affaires, a.i., James P. Zumwalt per 1.4 (b/d)

¶1. (C) Summary: Opposition DPJ Secretary General Katsuya
Okada told EAP A/S Kurt Campbell July 17 that, in the event
of an opposition victory in the next election, his party will
need a strong relationship with the United States to remain
in power. That said, the DPJ will need to address issues
frankly with the United States and, by overcoming “”obstacles””
in the relationship, the two countries can maintain a strong
alliance for the next 30-50 years. Although the DPJ has made
policy pronouncements on a number of important bilateral
issues, such as Futenma replacement and SOFA revision, once
in power it will approach these matters only after thorough
dialogue with the USG. A/S Campbell pledged that the USG
will remain neutral and respectful in the run-up to Japan’s
election, urged the DPJ not to espouse positions that make it
seem anti-American and invited the party to continue to
pursue close dialogue with the USG in both Tokyo and
Washington. End Summary.

¶2. (C) EAP Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell met for 30
minutes July 17 with Democratic Party of Japan Secretary
General Katsuya Okada. Noting that this was their fifth
meeting, A/S Campbell expressed gratitude for the opportunity
to begin a dialogue with the DPJ. With a general election
likely to take place on August 30 — and most polls showing
the DPJ in a strong position — the USG will take care to be
neutral and respectful, A/S Campbell said. To ensure that
the USG and the DPJ fully understand each other and to
encourage a constructive and respectful exchange of policy
views, we must remain in close contact in the coming weeks.
In the event that the DPJ takes power, the USG will do its
utmost to be a reliable partner, and we are confident that we
can maintain a strong relationship with a new government. In
particular, we want to ensure that the new government’s
leadership is well aware of USG positions regarding regional
and global issues, such as North Korea, China, Afghanistan
and Pakistan, A/S Campbell said.

¶3. (C) Okada replied that he and his party believe strongly
in the U.S.-Japan relationship, in spite of what some in the
media report. There are many issues for the DPJ and U.S.
Government to discuss, and DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama — who
will “”undoubtedly”” be the DPJ’s Prime Minister — is looking
forward to building a fruitful relationship with Secretary
Clinton and President Obama. The DPJ’s goal is to “”overcome
obstacles”” in our bilateral relationship to ensure that our
Alliance remains strong for the next 30 to 50 years. As the
opposition, the DPJ has formulated many policies on issues
important to the Alliance, such as Futenma replacement, SOFA
revision and the refueling dispatch in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. That said, once in power, the DPJ does not
plan to move forward at once on all these policies. Instead,
the new government will endeavor to build a trusting
relationship with the USG and, through dialogue, will decide
on the proper order to discuss these issues.

¶4. (C) Noting the busy schedule of high-level events in the
months ahead, A/S Campbell said that a new DPJ government
would not have much time to prepare for interactions with
senior USG leadership. To facilitate dialogue and a smooth
exchange of views, A/S Campbell invited the DPJ to continue
contacts with the USG in both Tokyo and Washington.

¶5. (C) A/S Campbell underlined that support in the United
States for a strong Alliance is bipartisan, and that the DPJ
must take the steps necessary to ensure that it is not
perceived as being anti-American. Such a perception would
send the wrong message to China and North Korea, raise doubts
about the bilateral relationship among our two peoples and
would probably undermine popular support for the DPJ. Okada
countered that the DPJ will need a strong relationship with
the United States to remain in power. That said, the DPJ
also needs to discuss issues frankly with the United States.
ZUMWALT

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