Afternoon Alert   -   Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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Noon news

NHK and TBS gave top play to reports that Land Minister Ishii announced this morning a temporary nullification of Okinawa's retraction of its permission for the landfill project for FRF construction at Henoko, Nago. NTV led with a report that South Korea's Supreme Court will hand down a judgment later today on an appeal filed by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. on a case in which it was ordered several years ago to compensate four South Koreans who were victims of wartime forced labor. Fuji TV gave top play to a report on interpellations at the Upper House today, while TV Asahi led with updates on the plane crash in Indonesia.


ROK Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to compensate victims of forced labor

NHK reported this afternoon that South Korea's Supreme Court upheld today a lower court ruling that ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. to compensate four South Koreans who were victims of forced labor during Japanese colonial rule. Noting that the GOJ believes that the issue of compensation for victims of forced labor was solved "completely and finally" under the bilateral treaty concluded after the diplomatic ties were normalized in 1965, the network said that today's final ruling is expected to affect relations between Japan and South Korea in the future.

Gist of joint press remarks after Japan-India summit (Sankei)

Modi and Abe agree to boost ties as Tokyo pledges huge new yen loans for India (The Japan Times)

Indian PM's visit to Japan timed to keep China's expansionism in check (Sankei)

India and Japan seal $75bn currency swap deal (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan and India pledge cooperation on AI and 5G (Nikkei Asian Review)

No progress made in Japan's sale of MSDF rescue flying boats to India during PM's visit (Yomiuri)

S Korean court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime workers (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan says S. Korea's ruling on forced labor "unacceptable" (Kyodo News)

Kono urges North Korea to make decision to denuclearize (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Editorial: Japan-China summit offers fresh start for stronger ties (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Japan and China should seek stable ties that can endure (Nikkei Asian Review)

Commentary: >From Shimoda Conferences to Mount Fuji Dialogue (The Japan Times)

Yokohama to reopen its NY office (Kanagawa Shimbun)


Minister Motegi says TPP to take effect early next year at the latest

NHK reported online that Minister of Economic Revitalization Motegi told reporters this morning that six nations are expected to complete their domestic procedures for the 11-member TPP soon and it has become certain that the trans-Pacific trade deal will take effect early next year at the latest. Motegi reportedly said: "Five nations have completed their procedures and Australia only needs to finish the paperwork. It has become almost certain that the effectuation of the TPP11 will take place as early as the end of this year or the beginning of next year at the latest." The network added that after the six nations have completed their domestic procedures, the GOJ is planning to host a chief negotiators' meeting as early as next month to prepare for the effectuation of the trade pact.

Canada becomes 5th nation to ratify Pacific free trade deal (Kyodo News)

WTO sets up panel for settling Japan-S. Korea steel bar duty dispute (Jiji Press)

LDP division conditionally OKs new foreign worker status (Jiji Press)

JIC's first fund will target U.S. biotech firms (Nikkei Sangyo)

Jeep gains popularity among young people (Nikkei Sangyo)


Prime minister's schedule on Oct. 29, 2018 (Sankei)

Gist of representative interpellations at Lower House plenary session, Oct. 29 (Tokyo Shimbun)

Editorial: Abe up to his usual tricks of giving cursory answers in Diet (The Asahi Shimbun)

LDP heavyweight on Abe's policy on foreign workers, constitutional revision, other issues (Sankei)

Cartoon: Abe's policy speech at the Diet (Asahi)

Cartoon: Trick or treat (Tokyo Shimbun)


Utilization of ASEAN joint research eyed (The Japan News)

EU enlists Japan to help establish AI safeguards (Nikkei Asian Review)

As IPCC report warns of growing climate change risks, Japan seeks to adapt (The Japan Times)

Arctic Science Ministerial agrees on joint climate observation network; Japan to host next meeting (Yomiuri)


Amb. Kennedy meets with art association chief as cultural award adviser (Sankei)

Gov't says Tokyo 2020 Olympics spending smaller than auditor claims (Kyodo News)

On Japan visit, Paralympic gold medalist Heinrich Popow shares life-changing 'medicine' of sports (The Japan Times)

49% read more than one book a month, Yomiuri nationwide survey on reading (Yomiuri)


Land Minister Ishii nullifies Okinawa's rescindment of Henoko landfill permit

NHK reported that Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ishii announced this morning a temporary nullification of the Okinawa Prefectural Government's retraction of permission for landfill work for FRF construction at Henoko, Nago. The network said the Ministry of Defense is now planning to swiftly resume the landfill work. Defense Minister Iwaya was quoted as telling reporters today: "We have been consistent in our policy of reducing the burden on Okinawa. We need to resume the landfill work as quickly as possible in order to realize the return of the base as soon as possible."

Land ministry suspends Okinawa's move to block U.S. base transfer (Kyodo News)

New GSDF base construction in Okinawa may start in early 2019 (Jiji Press)

The balance of Japan's weapons loans exceeds 5 trillion yen (Tokyo Shimbun)

U.S. launches new missile defense command in Japan (The Japan Times)

Gov't planning to set up a public-private consortium against cyberattacks (Yomiuri, Evening edition)

Kanagawa Pref. calls for carrier-based aircraft training to be "entirely conducted on Ioto" (Mainichi, Kanagawa edition)

Instances of noise from Atsugi decline at all 11 measurement points (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Gov't to provide Y35.5bn in base-hosting subsidies (Tokyo Shimbun)

Cartoon: Status of Forces Agreement (Akahata)

Expert: Effectively use Armitage Report for Japan-U.S. alliance (Yomiuri)


Okinawa governor to speak at press clubs in Tokyo

Okinawa Times wrote that Okinawa Governor Tamaki is planning to hold news conferences at the Japan National Press Club on Oct. 31 and at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Nov. 9. The paper speculated that the governor is hoping to deliver to the rest of Japan and the world the Okinawan people's message of opposition to the FRF construction at Henoko by speaking at the two major press venues.

In a related development, Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Governor Tamaki visited on Monday a nursery school and an elementary school near MCAS Futenma where parts fell from U.S. military helicopters in December 2017. Okinawa Times quoted the governor as telling reporters afterward that he will call on the GOJ to keep its promise to suspend operations at the Futenma base by February 2019 as a separate issue from the FRF construction at Henoko.

GOJ to provide Y7bn to Okinawa in base-hosting subsidy (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team