Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, May 20, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and NTV led with reports saying that Japan's GDP grew at an annualized rate of 2.1% in the January-March quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter of growth. TV Asahi, TBS, and Fuji TV reported on torrential rain in Miyazaki Prefecture and other parts of Kyushu since this morning and the forecast for possible record rainfall nationwide today and tomorrow.


Japanese firms suffer profit fall as U.S.-China dispute weighs (Kyodo News)

INTERVIEW: Marubeni chief concerned over U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods (Jiji Press)

Fully farmed Japanese tuna set to make its way to Europe (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan weighs export controls for cutting-edge tech (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: Speed up efforts to raise transparency of transactions conducted by IT giants (The Japan News)

Employment rate for Japan's college graduates close to record high at 97.6% amid labor shortage (The Japan Times)

INTERVIEW: Hong Kong casino operator eyes uniquely Japanese IR (Jiji Press)

4 U.S. airlines tentatively allocated extra Haneda slots (Jiji Press)


Japan seeks arbitration against S. Korea over wartime labor issue (Kyodo News)

Gov't to give President Trump as state guest a reception of the highest order (Sankei)

Japan, China to hold disarmament talks for 1st time in 8 yrs (Kyodo News)

FOCUS: Abe's skill as U.S.-Iran mediator to be tested (Jiji Press)

Iran ambassador reacts negatively to U.S.'s willingness for dialogue (Nikkei, Evening edition)

Heated power game plays out for Arctic Ocean resources (Nikkei Asian Review)

Chinese court sentences Japanese man accused of stealing state secrets to 5=A8=F6 years in prison (The Japan Times, Kyodo News)

Editorial: U.S. lowers the boom on Huawei (The Japan Times)

Abe tells kin of Japanese abductees he wants to talk frankly with North Korean leader (The Japan Times)

Ardent drive to promote Poland-Japan exchanges (The Japan Times)


U.S. approves sale to Japan of 160 air-to-air missiles (Kyodo News)

Editorial: U.S. forces in Japan cannot be allowed to thumb noses at the law (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: US, Russia should use nuclear talks to prevent endless arms race (The Mainichi)


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

Prime minister's schedule on May 18, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on May 19, 2019 (Sankei)

The week ahead for May 20 to May 26 (The Japan Times)

Gov't to accept more refugees (Yomiuri)

Suga again refers to possible snap election (Jiji Press)

Possible no-confidence motion against Abe Cabinet could trigger snap election, Japan's top government spokesman says (The Japan Times)

LDP to set up caucus on making use of paternity leave mandatory throughout Japan (The Japan Times)


ANN poll shows support for holding "double elections" this summer

TV Asahi reported this morning on the results of an ANN poll conducted on May 18-19 showing that 49% of respondents were in favor of holding simultaneous Upper and Lower House elections this summer, while 30% were against it. On the planned increase of the consumption tax rate to 10% in October, 50% indicated disapproval, while 40% were in favor of it. The Abe cabinet's support rating stood at 47%, up by 2 points from last month.

52% approve of Japan-North Korea summit without conditions, Yomiuri poll (Yomiuri)

32% want to buy Olympic ticket and see event live, Yomiuri poll (Yomiuri)

Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun (Yomiuri)

Abe cabinet approval rate edges up to 44.7 pct, Jiji poll (Jiji Press)

Nearly 90 pct positive about new era name, Jiji poll (Jiji Press)


99% of Pacific megaquake predictions likely to prove wrong: survey (Kyodo News)

Japan to ask municipalities to dispose of industrial plastic waste as trash piles up due to China ban (The Japan Times)

Lawsuit filed against dolphin fishing in western Japan (Jiji Press)

Japan to sign on to U.S. moon exploration platform (Nikkei Asian Review)


More Japanese youths smoking marijuana (Asahi, Evening edition)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team