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  • August 31, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the U.S. announcement that it has completed its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending what is being referred to as the longest war in U.S. history (NHK), the discovery of the body of a missing 18-year-old girl from Tokyo in Yamanashi and the arrest of a couple who allegedly abandoned her body (NTV, TBS, Fuji TV), and the Aichi governor’s anger over an outdoor music festival that was held in the prefecture last weekend, where about 8,000 people gathered despite the 5,000 cap on participants in major events under the state of emergency (TV Asahi).


Main front-page stories in national dailies included Prime Minister Suga’s plan to replace LDP Secretary General Nikai, the U.S. attack on ISIS elements in Afghanistan on the eve of the troop withdrawal today, and the around-the-clock presence of a Chinese warship in waters between Taiwan and Japan’s westernmost island.

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