Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, August 31, 2018
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Noon news

All networks led with reports on the heavy rain in the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions, saying that a river has burst its banks in Yamagata Prefecture.


President Trump, PM Abe to hold summit on Sept. 25

Asahi reported in its evening edition that according to a GOJ source, the governments of the U.S. and Japan are making final arrangements to hold a summit between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe in the U.S. on Sept. 25 if Abe is reelected. According to the daily, the summit is expected to be held on the margins of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, and the two leaders are expected to discuss such issues as North Korea and trade. The paper said this will be their eighth summit, adding that they are also expected to play golf on Sept. 24. The daily also wrote that arrangements are being made to hold the second round of bilateral "free, fair, and reciprocal" (FFR) trade talks sometime after Sept. 21.

Suga comments on UN body's suggestion that GOJ adopt victim-centered approach toward comfort women

NHK reported online that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga commented on a report released on Thursday by the UN committee on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that suggests the GOJ take a fully victim-centered approach to resolve the issue of comfort women. Suga said at a press conference today that the report is "extremely regrettable" because "the panel does not take into account the GOJ's explanation that the comfort women issue is not subject to the convention." On the fact that the panel also expressed concern about repeated assault incidents against women by U.S. military personnel in Okinawa and called on the GOJ to take measures, Suga reportedly said: "We are asking the U.S. side to prioritize the safety of local residents more than ever before." Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kono reportedly told reporters: "On the comfort women issue, it would be best for the two nations to thoroughly implement the Japan-ROK agreement....The issue should not be taken up by the UN committee and if the committee continues to take up the issue, its raison d'etre will be questioned. Nowadays the UN secretary general and others are talking about UN reform and revitalization. Reforms should be made to ensure that each committee focuses on the issues assigned to it."

FM Kono to visit Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Germany

Jiji reported on a MOFA announcement on Friday that Foreign Minister Kono will visit Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Germany from Sept. 2 to 7. According to Jiji, Kono is expected to meet with his counterparts and also pay a courtesy call on German Chancellor Merkel on Sept. 6.

Japan and China agree to bolster economic cooperation amid trade war (Kyodo News)

Japan, China confirm trade protectionism benefits no nation (Kyodo News)

Japan halts Iran oil imports under U.S. pressure (Nikkei Asian Review)

Tokyo protests Beijing's exclusion of Sankei Shimbun reporter from covering diplomatic meeting (The Japan Times)

Editorial on China's ban on Sankei's reporting: Stop the bizarre press censorship (Sankei)

Japan wants economic survey with Russia this fall (NHK)

Japan, Djibouti foreign ministers agree to boost maritime security cooperation (Asahi)

LDP chief Nikai meets with senior Chinese official in Beijing (Yomiuri)


Japanese chemical companies boost production in U.S. with shale gas, reducing trade risks (Nikkei)

Hitachi wins $840 mil. order for monorail system in Panama (Kyodo News)

Decommissioning begins at Monju (The Japan News)


Seiko Noda gives up on running in LDP presidential race

Jiji reported that Minister for Internal Affairs and Communication Seiko Noda held a press conference this afternoon to officially announce that she has given up on running in the LDP presidential election slated for September.

Prime minister's schedule on Aug. 30, 2018 (Nikkei)

Komeito Chief Yamaguchi likely to be reelected to 6th term (Jiji Press)

LDP key person Koizumi maintains silence on presidential election (Kanagawa Shimbun)

CDPJ faces dilemma of sluggish support rate resulting from militant approach to Diet (Sankei)

Strength of floor groups in House of Representatives (Mainichi)

Editorial: LDP should stop media intervention, hold debate in presidential race (The Mainichi)

Cartoon: LDP presidential election (Mainichi)


Okinawa retracts approval of landfill work for U.S. base transfer (Kyodo News)

Record 5.3 tril. yen defense budget sought with missile shield system (Kyodo News)

Japan scrutinizes China's Huawei and ZTE over spying fears (Nikkei Asian Review)

Advisory panel to Abe kicks off discussions on Japan's new defense guidelines with a focus on space and cyberspace (The Japan Times)

Taiwan, Japan should strengthen military relations: experts (Kyodo News)

Government developing AI tech to monitor suspicious activity at sea (The Japan News)

Editorial: Prepare for security threats to Japan from a long-term perspective (The Japan News)


Osaka High Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood status (The Japan Times)

Nonbinding law to test Japan's political parties on gender equality (The Japan Times)

Japan forced to take measures against "abduction" of children under Hague Convention (Nikkei)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team