Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and TBS led with follow-up reports on last week's traffic accident in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in which two preschoolers died and several were injured. TV Asahi reported on the fire in Tochigi Prefecture this morning in which three died. NTV led with a story on a fire at a waste metal plant in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, this morning. Fuji TV gave top coverage to the arrest of a man for attempted robbery in a taxi in front of Hakata Station in Fukuoka.


Suga: U.S. officials aware of abduction issue (NHK WORLD)

DM Iwaya says Japan will not seek UNSC meeting over North Korean missile launches (Mainichi)

Japan fears war gaffe impact on isle talks with Russia (Jiji Press)

Editorial: After drunken war cry, Hodaka Maruyama must resign from Diet (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Honor, common sense demand lawmaker resign over comment on war with Russia (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Bilateral cooperation key to overcoming stalemate in territorial talks with Russia (The Japan News)

Japan to consider Hormuz blockade responses: Kono (Jiji Press)

U.N. rights panel addresses N. Korea, including abduction issue (Kyodo News)

Cartoon: U.S., Chinese leaders roil the heavens (Asahi)


China scrapped 30% of draft trade deal, sources say (Nikkei Asian Review)

Intensified U.S.-China trade war shaking Japan's tax hike plan (Jiji Press)

Japanese firms to also be affected by higher U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods (Mainichi)

Trade war will 'significantly' hurt U.S., business lobby chief says (Nikkei Asian Review)

Six automakers report lower profits (Yomiuri)

LNG production begins in Japan-linked U.S. project (Jiji Press)

Japan's drive to invest abroad fuels current-account surplus (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: U.S.'s high tariff policy poses too great a risk (Nikkei)

Editorial: Respond to U.S.-China trade friction cool-headedly (Sankei)

Doyukai chief predicts U.S.-China trade war "may continue for some time" (Tokyo Shimbun)

Abe says trends in overseas economies must be watched (Nikkei)

Corporate Japan takes fresh look at Russia as economy picks up (Nikkei Asian Review)

The digital transformation of national security (The Japan Times)

Motivations for discussing "digital trade" in U.S.-Japan trade talks (Sankei)


Shanahan to make 1st visit to Japan in June: sources (Kyodo News)

Ex-top Trump aide McMaster says accepting North Korea nukes would push Japan to debate own deterrent (The Japan Times)

LDP proposes new cybersecurity agency (Nikkei)


Prime minister's schedule on May 14, 2019 (Sankei)

Japan's ruling party distributes 'anti-gaffe manual' after blunders lead to resignations (The Mainichi)

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


Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on the Constitution (Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin)

Percentage of young respondents rises with new survey method using text messaging (Mainichi)


Editorial: Can Japan prepare to dispose of all plastic waste domestically? (The Japan News)


Gov't council proposes certification of AI education programs at schools (Yomiuri)


Temporary residence of Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita is under new Haneda flight paths (Tokyo Shimbun)

Editorial: Some restrictions needed for ads on constitutional revisions (The Mainichi)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team