Afternoon Alert   -   Tuesday, May 7, 2019
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Noon news

NHK, NTV, and Fuji TV led with reports on the first business day of the Reiwa Era following the 10-day Golden Week holiday. TV Asahi and TBS reported on the plunge in stock prices this morning over President Trump's announcement of an imminent increase in the tariff on Chinese products.


Pursuit of unconditional talks with Kim shows Abe's intent: Suga (Kyodo News)

Abe calls for Japan-North Korea summit 'without preconditions' to resolve abductions (Japan Forward)

Trump repeatedly took up abduction issue with Kim (Jiji Press)

China checking N. Korea's firing of projectiles: official (Jiji Press)

S. Korean lawmakers to visit Japan for fence-mending (Jiji Press)

Japan Foreign Ministry using contribution cuts to pressure int'l bodies to 'improve' (The Mainichi)

Editorial: International community must stave off decline in democracy / Populism can undermine society (The Japan News)

Editorial: Permit no loopholes in sanctions for denuclearization of North Korea (The Japan News)

Abe's diplomacy for Osaka G20 (4) / With China, Japan straddles friendship, containment (The Japan News)

Abe's diplomacy for Osaka G20 (3) / N. isles strategy hit by surprise Russian resistance (The Japan News)

Abe's diplomacy for Osaka G20 (2) / A time to be patient for dialogue with North Korea (The Japan News)

Abe's diplomacy for Osaka G20 (1) / Hopes pinned on intimate relations with Trump (The Japan News)

Under pressure for win, Trump sought swift Japan trade deal (Nikkei Asian Review)

Trump tells Abe trade agreement with Japan possible by May (Nikkei Asian Review)


No rush to cut agriculture tariffs in Japan-U.S. trade talks: Motegi (Kyodo News)

Trump country wins big in Japanese investment drive (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan calls on ADB to reduce loans to China (Kyodo News)

Asia to lure private infrastructure loans with insurance scheme (Nikkei Asian Review)

Germany ready to work with Japan for free trade, WTO reform (Jiji Press)

Exclusive: LNG plant engineer Chiyoda to gain $1.4bn lifeline (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japanese startup funding surges 8-fold over 5 years (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: Online privacy rules should put users first (The Mainichi)

Mitsui invests in U.S. hydrogen station business (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Majority favor more foreign workers, Yomiuri survey (The Japan News)

Editorial: Trade agreement that benefits both Japan, U.S. needed / Affirm significance of ties for peace, stability (The Japan News)

Japan's trade insurance to cover full African investment (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan bumps into challenges welcoming overseas workers (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: Lessons from Heisei crises should be used for new era / Aggressive investments key to virtuous cycle (The Japan News)

Editorial: After Heisei slump, innovation and skills key to Japan's economic future (The Mainichi)


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

Prime minister's schedule on April 27, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on April 28, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on April 29, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on April 30, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on May 1, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on May 2, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on May 3, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on May 4, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on May 5, 2019 (Sankei)

Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for May 6-12 (Kyodo News)

On Constitution Day, Abe again vows to revise Japan's top law, aiming for enactment in 2020 (The Japan Times)

Support act: Behind every Japanese prime minister is a fascinating first lady (The Japan Times)

Editorial: 30 yrs on from political reforms, Japan must now return to the start point (The Mainichi)

Cartoon: Abe tries to draw his sword (Asahi)

Editorial: Troubled unified local elections in desperate need of radical reforms (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Set up arrangements to tackle mid- to long-term challenges / Realize effective 2-party system (The Japan News)


Good direction expected under Reiwa era, say 58%, Yomiuri poll (The Japan News)

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun (Yomiuri)

Around 80% feel affection for new emperor, support woman on throne, Kyodo News spot poll (Kyodo News)


Privately developed Japanese rocket reaches outer space (Kyodo News)

China rises to world No. 2 in science research while Japan declines: survey (The Mainichi)

Japan begins last round of "research" whaling off Pacific coast (Kyodo News)


Reference on gambling addiction created for teachers (Jiji Press)


Japan's emperor greets 140,000 well-wishers in 1st public appearance (Kyodo News)

Japan's new Crown Prince Akishino to see even busier schedule (Jiji Press)

Drone flights reported again near Imperial Palace in Tokyo (Kyodo News)

Commentary: New Emperor takes over responsibility for effort to maintain peace (Sankei)

Editorial: High hopes for Emperor Naruhito as symbol of state in Reiwa era (The Mainichi)

Japan's new emperor wishes for world peace upon taking throne (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: With new era, let's continue efforts for peace, stability (The Japan News)

Editorial: Emperor system at a crossroads as Naruhito ascends the throne (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Japan should flexibly respond to changes of the times during Reiwa era (The Mainichi)

Number of children in Japan falls by third in Heisei (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Nation must continue to reflect on the role of the emperor (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Emperor has walked long path hand in hand with people / May good health be upon His Majesty (The Japan News)

Editorial: Emperor to end long journey with abdication (The Mainichi)

Japan's emperor thanks country, prays for peace before abdication (Nikkei Asian Review)


DM Iwaya: Parts of crashed F-35A fighter found

NHK reported today that Defense Minister Iwaya revealed at a news conference held after a cabinet meeting this morning that parts of the cockpit and flight recorder of the F-35A fighter that crashed in waters off Aomori Prefecture on April 9 were found near the crash site during the Golden Week holidays by a search team consisting of SDF vessels, a deep-sea research vessel of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and a ship chartered by U.S. Forces. He reportedly added, however, that the flight recorder's crucial data storage device has not been found. He said the search for the missing pilot and fuselage will continue in order to determine the cause of the accident. TBS aired a similar report.

Moving U.S. forces' training area eyed to increase Narita Airport slots (The Japan News)

Gov't mulls deploying GSDF members on MSDF ships to protect remote islands (The Japan News)

Japan, Vietnam agree to promote defense cooperation (Kyodo News)

China threat requires coordinated US-Japan response: McMaster (Nikkei Asian Review)

EXCLUSIVE: Japan Defense Ministry eying new measures against power harassment (Jiji Press)

Japan sends largest naval vessel to Indian Ocean for drills (Nikkei Asian Review)


U.S. to start moving Okinawa-based marines to Guam in 2024

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo led with a Kyodo report saying that an unnamed U.S. military source told the wire service on May 3 that the U.S. military has informed the Guam Parliamentary Assembly of a plan to start transferring Marines stationed in Okinawa to Guam in the first half of the 2025 U.S. fiscal year and complete the transfer in about 18 months. The report said that according to the source, the U.S. military is planning to transfer about 5,000 Marines to Guam instead of 4,000 as previously announced.

U.S. serviceman arrested for refusing sobriety test (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team