Afternoon Alert   -   Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Noon news

NHK, TBS, and TV Asahi led with follow-up reports on the murder of six people in Miyazaki on Monday, saying that the suspect apparently committed suicide. NTV and Fuji TV gave top play to a report that a woman in her 40s was arrested after stabbing two police officers in Hiroshima this morning.


Abe to appeal for importance of free trade at G20 Summit (Nikkei)

Abe to leave Thurs. for G-20 summit in Argentina (Kyodo News)

N. Korean minister to enter Japan for Olympics meeting: Japan gov't (Kyodo News)

LDP division adopts protest resolution on ROK lawmakers' Takeshima landing (Yomiuri)

ROK maritime police order Japanese boat to stop fishing in Japan's EEZ (Sankei)

ROK Embassy in Japan holds event for Japanese who studied in South Korea (Tokyo Shimbun)

Cartoon: Vladimir the Squatter (Tokyo Shimbun)


Gov't outlines fiscal stimulus to ease tax hike impact (Kyodo News)

Labor shortage perceived as more serious across Japan: gov't report (Jiji Press)

33.9% of domestic manufacturers say revenues will decrease if protectionism continues, JBIC survey (Yomiuri)

Prosecutors figured out when Ghosn, Kelly would both be in Japan before making arrest (Yomiuri)

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma to move head office operations to U.S. (Nikkei)


Prime minister's schedule on Nov. 26, 2018 (Sankei)

Gist of interpellations at Lower, Upper House Budget Committees, Nov. 26 (Tokyo Shimbun)

Abe's constitutional revision plan difficult pursue in 2019: Komeito (Kyodo News)

LDP dissatisfied with Kantei-led budget formulation, eyeing greater involvement (Yomiuri)

Cartoon: Immigration Control Law reform bill (Akahata)

Independent Lower House member Nagashima wooed by both ruling, opposition parties (Yomiuri)


Difference between proposed foreign worker visas, technical intern program (Yomiuri)

Problems with payment of foreign workers' wages found at 40% of construction companies (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Japan can learn from S. Korea over foreign worker policy (The Mainichi)

Infographic: No. of foreign workers, by status of residence (Sankei)

IOC chief Thomas Bach voices concern over extreme heat at 2020 Olympics (The Japan Times, Online, AFP-JIJI)


Defense Minister Iwaya hints at upgrading Izumo into aircraft carrier

Sankei reported online that Defense Minister Iwaya hinted at a press conference today that the MSDF's destroyer/escort ship Izumo will be upgraded into an aircraft carrier that can accommodate F-35Bs. The paper said the GOJ is expected to stipulate this in the National Defense Program Guidelines that will be updated in December. Iwaya reportedly said: "It is desirable to use the ship's facilities for as many purposes as possible." On the introduction of F-35Bs, the defense chief reportedly said: "The aircraft can take off from a short runway. We are considering this as part of our overall aircraft organization."

Japan to order 100 more F-35 fighters from U.S. (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan mulls upgrade of helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier (Kyodo News)

Japan eyes introduction of multipurpose aircraft "mother ship" (Jiji Press)

U.S. manufacturers in cutthroat competition for radar business (Tokyo Shimbun)


PM Abe, Governor Tamaki to hold consultations on Futenma relocation

Okinawa Times wrote that the GOJ and the Okinawa Prefectural Government are making arrangements for Prime Minister Abe and Governor Tamaki to attend the final session of their month-long consultations on Futenma relocation that is slated for Wednesday. The central and Okinawa governments launched the consultative talks led by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Sugita and Vice Governor Jahana on Nov. 9 and have held three sessions since then. The paper wrote that the date of the meeting might change depending on the schedule of the Diet or the prime minister. According to the paper, the prefectural government will likely seek to continue consultations with the GOJ beyond the end of the official talks because the two sides failed to bridge the gap between them. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report.

The number of overseas U.S. bases hits all-time postwar low (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team