JAPAN MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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HEADLINES

Noon news

All TV networks except TBS led with reports on the situation in Hanoi ahead of the U.S.-DPRK summit tonight. The two leaders will reportedly hold a 20-minute one-on-one meeting at 8:30 p.m. (Japan time), followed by dinner with their close aides. TBS broadcast a follow-up report on the arrest this morning of the suspect in a murder in Hiroshima on Feb. 20.

INTERNATIONAL

Gov't sends official from abduction headquarters to Hanoi

TV Asahi reported at noon that its correspondents spotted an official of the government's Headquarters for the Abduction Issue arriving at Hanoi Airport at around one o'clock this morning. The official, whom the broadcaster did not identify, did not respond to reporters' questions, but the network speculated that he will attempt to make contact with North Korean officials before or after the U.S.-DPRK summit.

Japan protests Russian gov't officials' visits to Shikotan (Jiji Press)

Japan's Kono pins hopes on Trump-Kim summit (Jiji Press)

Gov't seeking opportunities for a Japan-DPRK summit (Mainichi)

U.S. senior official: China's "Belt and Road" initiative needs transparency, U.S. will cooperate with Japan in Indo-Pacific (Jiji)

ECONOMY

Japan's beef imports from TPP-11 members soar more than 50% in Jan. (Kyodo News)

Japan gov't approves signing of revised free trade pact with ASEAN (Kyodo News)

3 mobile carriers, Rakuten apply for Japan's 5G band allocation (Kyodo News)

Gov't eyes attracting foreign capital to revitalize regional areas (Nikkei)

Antitrust watchdog to question Amazon Japan over new rewards program (Kyodo News)

Ricoh and Cisco join hands to improve client companies' security on the cloud (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Keidanren refuses to co-host public debate on nuclear power (Tokyo Shimbun)

Jiji Press public opinion poll on passenger cars (Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin)

SECURITY

Japan tests health risk of new Aegis defense radar (Nikkei Asian Review)

Taiwan's defense minister says Japan, U.S. might help if attacked (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Prevent Okinawa poll from disturbing efforts to reduce base-related burdens (The Japan News)

Zushi announces construction of five facilities in Ikego housing area (Kanagawa Shimbun)

AMBASSADOR

Ambassador Hagerty visits Kobe, lauds its efforts to support startups

Sankei's Kansai edition reported on Ambassador Hagerty's courtesy call on Kobe Mayor Hisamoto on Tuesday. The paper wrote that the Ambassador welcomed the city's efforts to support startup ventures by collaborating with 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based investment fund. Kobe Shimbun ran a similar report about the Ambassador's meeting with the Kobe mayor, quoting the Ambassador as saying that the city's efforts to support startup enterprises in collaboration with the Silicon Valley fund are innovative. The paper wrote that according to the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, the Ambassador visited Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Kobe plant earlier in the day and observed the company's production of Shinkansen and other train cars there and discussed with Kawasaki President Kanehara economic cooperation between the United States and Japan and the investment climate in the U.S. The local business daily Kobe Keizai News also reported on the Ambassador's courtesy call on the Kobe mayor.

POLITICS

Prime minister's schedule on February 26, 2019 (Sankei)

PM Abe's attendance at informal meetings between LDP and various organizations (Mainichi)

LDP rank-and-file membership increases for sixth consecutive year to top 1.1 million (Yomiuri)

SOCIETY

Lower house issues congratulatory message on emperor's 30-yr reign (Kyodo News)

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