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  1. Japan Ruling Party Executive Slams Kerry on N.Korea
    Fri, Oct 15, 2004

    TOKYO (Reuters) – The No. 2 official in Japan’s ruling party sharply criticized U.S. Democratic challenger John Kerry’s North Korea policy on Friday and said he hoped President Bush would be re-elected, media said.

    The comments come a day after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made remarks that appeared to suggest he would prefer to see Bush win the Nov. 2 U.S. presidential election.

    “I think there would be trouble if it’s not President Bush,” Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe told a radio program, Kyodo news agency reported.

    “For instance, Mr. Kerry wants to handle the North Korean issue bilaterally, which is out of the question. We’re now in the era of multilateralism,” Takebe was quoted as saying, referring to six-way talks involving North and South Korea, Japan, the United States, China and Russia over the North’s nuclear ambitions.

    Bush has ruled out bilateral talks with reclusive communist Pyongyang, but Kerry has said this could be possible.

    Asked by reporters about the U.S. election, Koizumi said on Thursday: “I am very close to President Bush. So I want him to do his best.”

  2. Anyone who knows anything about Japanese society should not be surprised by their distaste for “bilateral talks.”

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