JAPAN MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, March 18, 2019
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HEADLINES

Noon news

TV Asahi led with a follow-up report on the New Zealand mosque shootings, while TBS gave top coverage to a report that around 1,400 foreign students have gone missing after enrolling in the Tokyo University of Social Welfare over the past three years. NHK broadcast a follow-up report on the arrest of musician and actor Pierre Taki for using cocaine, Fuji TV aired a report on the death of rock musician and actor Yuya Uchida, and NTV reported on a traffic accident this morning in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture, resulting in multiple critical injuries.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. hopeful to continue nuclear talks with N. Korea: Pompeo (Kyodo News)

Editorial: U.S., North Korea should create environment to resume nuclear talks (The Japan News)

Editorial: Japan needs a sound strategy for dealing with North Korea (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Even as lawmakers vote to delay Brexit, no way seen to avert chaos (The Japan News)

Japan speeding up preparations for G-20 Summit, ministerial talks (Jiji Press)

ECONOMY

Ill-timed beef duty looms over Japan's talks with Trump (Nikkei Asian Review)

Toyota will 'never leave' U.S., vows chief (Nikkei Asian Review)

BOJ's bullish stance meant to keep easing expectations in check (Nikkei Asian Review)

At B20 in Tokyo, world business leaders urge stronger cooperation on looming challenges (The Japan Times)

Court rejects call to halt nuclear reactor in western Japan (Kyodo News)

POLITICS

Prime minister's schedule on March 15, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on March 16, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on March 17, 2019 (Sankei)

Inada forms group to help women flourish in Japan's political arena (The Mainichi)

SECURITY

Astronomical society opposes military research, but younger researchers more positive

NHK reported on Saturday that the Astronomical Society of Japan issued a declaration at its annual convention on the same day saying that in accordance with the policy of the Science Council of Japan, its members pledge not to engage in research activities that can be converted to military use. However, the results of a survey of ASJ members announced at the meeting showed that 68% of scientists in their 20s were in favor of receiving funding from the Defense Ministry's "National Security Technology Research Promotion Fund," while 32% were against it. Among scientists in their 30s, 52% were in favor and 48% were against receiving such funding.

Defense Ministry to develop long-range standoff missile (The Japan News)

Editorial: Trump's 'Cost Plus 50' strategy could undermine its own security (The Asahi Shimbun)

30% of defense equipment to be procured overseas in FY2019 (Mainichi)

Japan's 5 peacekeeping principles confirmed for Sinai mission (Jiji Press)

FOCUS: Japan beefing up GSDF posture on Southwestern Islands (Jiji Press)

MSDF pulls Izumo destroyer out of S. Korea joint drill (The Japan News)

SCIENCE

Japanese tech to help Southeast Asian nations fight marine plastic waste (The Japan News)

SOCIETY

Japan to put robotics prowess on show during 2020 Olympics by helping staff and visitors alike (The Japan Times)

Non-Japanese people are poorly represented in Japanese media: That needs to change (The Japan Times)

Hundreds of foreigners missing from Tokyo univ. (NHK WORLD, NHK WORLD)

OPINION POLLS

ANN poll shows slight rise in cabinet support rating

TV Asahi reported at noon the results of an ANN poll conducted on March 16-17 showing that the Abe cabinet's support rating was 43.2%, up 1.4 points from last month, while the disapproval rate was 36.1%, down by 0.6 point. Regarding whether Prime Minister Abe should serve a fourth term as LDP president, 33% of the respondents said yes and 51% said no.

FNN poll shows slight drop in cabinet support rating

Fuji TV reported at noon today on the results of an FNN poll conducted on March 16-17 showing that the Abe cabinet's support rating stands at 42.7%, down 1.2 percentage points from February, while the disapproval rate is 42.8%, down by 0.1 point. Asked if they would approve of Prime Minister Abe serving a fourth term as LDP president, 31.1% said yes and 59.3% said no.

52% oppose landfill work off Henoko to replace U.S. military base, Mainichi poll (The Mainichi)

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun (Mainichi)

Abe cabinet's approval rate drops to 39 pct, Jiji Press poll (Jiji Press)

Yomiuri poll: 25% of LDP members back Abe as next party president (Yomiuri)

9 pct support LDP head's possible 4th term, Jiji Press poll (Jiji Press)

Survey: 36% of Japan's mold makers "affected" by U.S.-China trade disputes (Nikkei)

OKINAWA LOCAL PRESS

Okinawa Times survey: Only two governors say USG and GOJ should respect referendum results

Okinawa Times wrote that it conducted a survey this month of the governors of all 47 prefectures in Japan except Okinawa asking them for their views on the results of the Feb. 24 referendum, in which more than 70% of those who voted opposed the existing plan to relocate the MCAS Futenma functions to Henoko. The paper wrote that when asked whether the U.S. and Japanese governments should respect the results of the referendum, only the governors of Iwate and Shizuoka said they should. Seven governors said they were undecided and the remaining governors gave no response. Asked whether the GOJ should discontinue the ongoing relocation work, only the Iwate governor said that the GOJ should do so, while seven governors said they were undecided and the remaining governors gave no response. According to the paper, the governors of 19 prefectures chose not to respond by citing the view that issues related to national security should be handled by the central government.

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