Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and all commercial networks led with reports on the decision made by the Tokyo District Court to grant former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn release on bail of 500 million yen ($4.5 million). The broadcasters said that although prosecutors are expected to file an appeal, Ghosn could be released as early as today if the court rejects the appeal.


NEC director comments on U.S.-Japan trade talks

NHK reported online that concerning the U.S.-Japan trade talks that were launched last week in Washington, Director of the National Economic Council Kudlow told reporters on Wednesday that discussions are being conducted at full speed. Kudlow reportedly added that the United States is strongly hoping to conclude a trade agreement with Japan and that Prime Minister Abe has been very cooperative. The network interpreted this remark as an expression of expectation that progress will be made in the negotiations on opening up Japan's agriculture market. Concerning auto trade, Kudlow reportedly said that Japanese firms have invested a great deal in the U.S. auto industry. NHK interpreted this remark as welcoming Japanese companies' moves to increase their production in America.

Ministerial council established to increase agricultural product exports (Mainichi)

80% say they are "implementing or considering" year-round recruiting, Nikkei spot survey of 100 major companies (Nikkei)

Business opportunities in post-GAFA era (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Editorial: Safety, language measures needed for foreigners to work at Fukushima plant (Mainichi)


Japan gov't spokesman Suga to visit U.S. to raise abduction issue (Kyodo News)

Opinion: Five takeaways from Japan-U.S. security talks (The Japan Times)

Abe presses for deeper ties to slow Italy's tilt toward China: Japanese prime minister cautions Europe's embrace of Beijing's 5G push (Nikkei Asian Review)

Interview: Former interpreter for Kim Il Sung talks about DPRK's future (Asahi)

Japan, Poland leaders agree to advance free trade (Kyodo News)


Prime minister's schedule on April 24, 2019 (Sankei)

Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives (Yomiuri)

Abe pushes constitutional reform for better education (Jiji Press)


Editorial: Thorough preparations essential for success of 2020 Tokyo Games (The Japan News)

Liaison council on combating infectious diseases during Tokyo Olympics holds first meeting (Mainichi)

U.S.-style draft opens world of possibilities for sumo (The Japan Times)

Hiroshima museum unveils new items of A-bomb victims (Kyodo News)


At college entrance ceremonies men in black, and women too (Asahi)

Wanting to marry for love, many Japanese end up single (Yomiuri, NHK Fuji TV)

The robots are "weak," and people better for them (Nikkei)


USFJ deputy commander supports dual use of Yokota Air Base during 2020 Tokyo Games (Nikkei)

USFJ officer expresses support for allowing civilian aircraft to use Yokota base if requested (Asahi)

USFJ official expresses "support" for Yokota's dual use during Olympics (Sankei)

"We will provide full support" if dual use request is approved: USFJ senior officer (Tokyo Shimbun)

USFJ deputy commander: U.S. will enhance cyber cooperation with Japan, fully support Yokota's possible dual use (Jiji)

U.S. aircraft carrier opened to press as symbol of Japan-U.S. cooperation (Sankei)

USFJ "closely monitors" China's naval buildup, opens flattop to media (Nikkei, Online)

Editorial: Reassurances on security alliance (The Japan Times)

Keidanren to set up cybersecurity committee (Nikkei)


East-West Center survey: Many Okinawans under 45 don't have strong views on military bases

Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the results of the East-West Center's recent survey of people in Okinawa aged between 20 and 45 who were born and raised after the reversion of Okinawa to Japan in 1972. The report compiled by the Hawaii-based think tank found that although a majority of the respondents support the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, many of them feel that Okinawa hosts far more than its fair share of U.S. forces. Two-thirds of the respondents said they have positive feelings about U.S. military personnel, but think the SOFA should be reviewed with regard to incidents and accidents involving U.S. military personnel and environmental issues. Concerning the FRF construction at Henoko, the report said most respondents did not support the project. Ryukyu Shimpo quoted Daniel Chinen, the East-West Center's representative in Okinawa, as saying that the people of Okinawa are angry at the Japanese government for ignoring their voices.

Municipalities hosting Kadena AB protest DUI cases involving airmen (Okinawa Times Ryukyu Shimpo)

Ex-U.S. serviceman reunites with friends in Okinawa (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team