Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Noon news

NHK, NTV, TV Asahi, and TBS led with reports on the arrest of a former caregiver on suspicion of assaulting an elderly man at a nursing home in Tokyo last month, inflicting injuries that resulted in his death. Fuji TV reported on the unusually warm weather today after the heavy rain yesterday.


GOJ officials prepare for President Trump's visit to destroyer Kaga

TBS reported today that around 10 officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense boarded this morning the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Izumo-class destroyer Kaga anchored at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, which President Trump is scheduled to visit during his trip to Japan from May 25. They also boarded a Ground SDF helicopter as part of a rehearsal for the President's inspection of the ship. TBS noted that Japan is planning to procure F-35B fighters from the U.S. for the Kaga after the vessel is effectively converted into an aircraft carrier. The network suggested that by boarding the Kaga, President Trump wants to demonstrate to the world the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance in an attempt to restrain China's maritime advance.

President Trump, PM Abe to play only 16 holes of golf on May 26

NTV reported today that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will play 16 holes of golf instead of the usual 18 at a country club in Chiba Prefecture on May 26 because the area near two of the holes will be used as a heliport. The network also said First Lady Melania Trump and PM Abe's wife Akie will visit a digital art museum in Odaiba, Tokyo, while their husbands are golfing, after which the two couples will watch sumo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan and then have dinner at a robatayaki (charcoal grill) restaurant called Inakaya in Roppongi.

U.S. warns of response if N. Korea fires more ballistic missiles (Kyodo News)

Managing Japan-U.S. ties in the Trump era (The Japan Times)

Japan, Russia finish 2-day talks on joint projects (NHK WORLD)

Abe urges new S. Korean envoy to properly handle wartime labor issue (Kyodo News)

Chinese court jails Japanese convicted of spying for 6 years (Kyodo News)

Gov't to send patrol ships to Yamatotai to block the entry of North Korean fishing boats (Sankei)

Editorial: It's now up to Seoul to break impasse over wartime laborers (The Asahi Shimbun)

"Seiron" column: What's the "value" of U.S. presidential elections? (Sankei)


Japan, U.S. at odds over auto, farm tariffs, no talks on quotas (Kyodo News)

JAMA chief Toyoda rebuts Trump's security threat claim (Jiji Press)

2 Japanese mobile carriers postpone sales of new Huawei phones (Kyodo News)

U.S. embargo on Huawei may affect Japanese firms (Mainichi)

Huawei says no change to Japan sales plans (NHK WORLD)

Japan's trade surplus plunges 90% on China worries (NHK WORLD)

Gov't to postpone releasing policy on casinos until after UH race (Yomiuri)

China underpins Toyota's record sales (Nikkei Business, Online)

METI to allow testing of satellite parts in space (Nikkei)

50% of major companies say they allow side jobs, Nikkei poll of major companies (Nikkei)


Trump wants Japan trade deal in weeks: Envoy (Jiji Press)


Prime minister's schedule on May 21, 2019 (Sankei)

Three main LDP factions will influence "post-Abe" era (Nikkei)


Percentage of women in various fields (Asahi)

Women pass scandal-hit Tokyo Medical University's entrance exam at higher rate than men (The Japan Times)


Man nabbed for pointing laser at U.S. military plane in Tokyo suburb (Kyodo News)


Marines interact with Okinawa students through English conversation lessons

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that an event was held on May 10 at a junior high school in Ie Village, Okinawa, during which U.S. Marines stationed there interacted with local students through English conversation lessons. Since last year the school has been inviting Marines to take part in a series of lessons to improve the English ability of its students. According to the paper, eight Marines participated in the event on May 10. It quoted one of the Marines as saying that the lessons have provided the students with a good opportunity to learn everyday English while at the same time allowing the service members to learn about Japanese culture. A student who aspires to become an English teacher expressed his gratitude by saying he hopes the Marines will continue to visit the school because he learns a lot from their lessons.

USAF wary of giving consent for drone operation near bases (Okinawa Times)

Ginowan students who visited U.S. on MOFA program share experiences with community (Okinawa Times)

MOD inquiring about use of harmful chemicals by U.S. military (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team