Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, September 10, 2018
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Noon news

Most networks gave top play to reports that the death toll from the earthquake in Hokkaido last Thursday reached 40 after the body of the last missing person was found this morning. Fuji TV led with a report that seven people were injured in a knife attack in Paris on Sunday evening.


PM Abe leaves for Russia

Fuji TV reported at noon that Prime Minister Abe will leave for Russia today to attend a regional economic forum in the city of Vladivostok and hold a summit with President Putin there. The network said that during the summit Abe is hoping to make progress in the proposed joint economic activities in the Northern Territories and also exchange views with the Russian leader on North Korea. The network added that Abe is also expected to meet with Chinese President Xi in Vladivostok.

Abe meets with South Korean envoy

All networks reported at noon that Prime Minister Abe met with visiting South Korean National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon at the Kantei this morning and expressed hope that efforts such as the planned inter-Korean summit this month will lead to progress in denuclearization. According to NHK, Suh briefed Abe on the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang slated for Sept. 18 to 20. In response, Abe said: "I hope that the efforts between the South and the North, including the upcoming summit, will lead to concrete actions toward the implementation of the agreement reached between the U.S. and North Korea." The network said the two officials also agreed to continue to work closely on various issues, including the abductions.

Australia, N.Z. to send planes to Japan for N. Korea sanctions (Kyodo News)

Komeito, China agree to further party-to-party exchanges (Mainichi)


Ambassador Hagerty expresses sympathy for Hokkaido quake victims (Nikkei)


Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 7, 2018 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 8, 2018 (Sankei)

Cartoon: Abe and Ishiba (Tokyo Shimbun)

Editorial: Policy debate in LDP leadership race should project future vision of Japan (The Japan News)

61% rank-and-file LDP members support Abe while 28% back Ishiba, Kyodo News poll (Tokyo Shimbun)

Results of Kyodo News poll of rank-and-file LDP members on their views on LDP presidential election (Tokyo Shimbun)

Editorial: LDP presidential candidates should have more policy debate (The Mainichi)


Editorial: Probe into unprecedented blackout following Hokkaido quake needed (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Turning a new page (The Japan Times)

Conan O'Brien's showdown in Japan's 'Conan Town' ends peacefully after 1,000-hamburger barbecue (The Japan Times)


Joint cybersecurity training begins in Tokyo

NHK reported at 1 p.m. on joint cybersecurity training hosted by METI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that began at a university in Tokyo today, saying that it was attended by about 130 government officials from South Korea, India, and ASEAN nations. The network showed Ambassador Hagerty saying in a speech there: "The threat of cybersecurity could not be higher....What you're doing today plays a critical role in ensuring that the infrastructure remains safe and secure."

The network said that according to METI, the number of cyberattacks against companies is growing around the world, adding that there has been an increase in attacks targeting subsidiaries and clients with insufficient security measures in Asia. The network said the governments of the U.S. and Japan are hoping that Asian nations will strengthen their cyber-defenses and counter China which is apparently building up its cyberattack capabilities. The network added that the training will continue until Friday Sept. 14.

Documentary to capture views of young Okinawans on U.S. Futenma base issue (The Japan Times)


Nago assembly split over Henoko project

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times gave top play to reports on the results of the assembly and mayoral elections held in 25 Okinawa municipalities, including Nago, on Sunday. Okinawa Times wrote that as a result of the election, the 26-member Nago assembly is now split evenly between those who support Mayor Toguchi, who has not clarified his official position on the FRF construction at Henoko, and those who oppose the project. On the other hand, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that while 13 of the candidates who won seats in the assembly are supportive of the mayor, who is effectively in favor of the Henoko project, 12 are opposed to the project and one takes a neutral position on the matter. The paper claimed, however, that those opposing the Henoko plan still maintain a majority of the assembly because two Komeito members, despite their support for the mayor, have expressed opposition to the Henoko plan.

More than one hundred international scholars, artists, others favor revocation of landfill permit for Henoko (Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. soldier arrested on suspicion of trespassing in Okinawa (Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo)

Fake polls on Okinawa gubernatorial election are circulating (Ryukyu Shimpo)

China's ex-state councilor Tang praises the development of Japan-China ties (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team