Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, June 3, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and NTV led with follow-up reports on former Vice Agriculture Minister Kumazawa's fatal stabbing of his son on Saturday. TBS filed a follow-up report on the mass stabbing incident in Kawasaki last week. TV Asahi gave top coverage to a fatal traffic accident between a light truck and a passenger car in Wakayama, and Fuji TV reported on a traffic accident between a kindergarten bus and a light truck in Hokkaido this morning


U.S. Embassy deputy chief of mission visits Iwate to observe reconstruction from 3/11

The Saturday edition of Iwate Nippo reported on a visit on Friday by Deputy Chief of Mission Young to the cities of Rikuzentakata and Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture. The paper wrote that in Ofunato, DCM Young visited a local facility for disaster prevention and tourism to learn about the progress being made on the city's reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The paper also wrote that during his meeting with Mayor Toda, the DCM commented on the municipality's recent exchanges with the United States under a GOJ-sponsored host town program for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games called Tokyo"Arigato" Host Town for Supporting Reconstruction, quoting him as saying that he was impressed with the progress being made on reconstruction and expressing hope that the city will deepen its exchanges with the United States. The mayor expressed his gratitude for the support the United States extended following the March 11 disaster.

Tokai Shimpo, a daily based in Ofunato, also reported on the DCM's visit to the region. Concerning Rikuzentakata's sister-city relationship with Crescent City in the United States, the DCM reportedly told Mayor Toba that he hopes the two cities will further deepen their relationship.

U.S. Embassy's deputy chief of mission visits Ofunato, Rikuzentakata, hailing "robust reconstruction" (Tokai Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy deputy chief of mission observes reconstruction in Ofunato, Rikuzentakata (Iwate Nippo)

G-20 seeks to protect emerging nations from debt traps (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan seeks unconditional Abe-Kim summit despite N. Korea's rebuff (Kyodo News)

FOCUS: Japan's policy on N. Korea questioned amid Abe's resolve to meet Kim (Kyodo News)

Nuke envoys of U.S., Japan, S. Korea meet on N. Korea in Singapore (Kyodo News)

G-20 to beef up steps against money laundering using crypto-assets (Kyodo News)

Reportedly purged Kim aide makes public appearance: N. Korea media (Kyodo News)

Japan, Australia to cooperate over N. Korea's ship-to-ship transfers (Kyodo News)

Japan, Philippines agree to work toward free, open Indo-Pacific (Kyodo News)

Japan, Malaysia eye close ties based on Look East policy (Kyodo News)

Abe holds telephone conference with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince (Mainichi)

Japan, Vietnam to sign treaty for prisoner repatriation (Kyodo News)

'Don't be scared of diversity': At G(irls)20 summit, advocates push Japan on gender equality (The Japan Times)


Japan pushing for multilateral efforts to address imbalances (Jiji Press)

Editorial: U.S. foreign policy of resorting to higher tariffs is unacceptable (Nikkei)

Mexico-reliant Japanese companies scramble to review supply chains: Tariff war risks wiping out automakers' profits in North America (Nikkei Asian Review)

Operators say Yokohama IR plan would bring economic benefit of 1.65 trillion yen (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Research whaling mission starts off Hokkaido (NHK WORLD)

Toshiba to sell U.S. LNG business to Total (Jiji Press)


U.S. asks for visa applicants' social media details (NHK WORLD)

Interrogation recording in serious cases becomes mandatory in Japan (Kyodo News)

Olympic torch relay to pass disaster-hit areas, world heritage sites (Kyodo News)

FEATURE: Japan struggling to ramp up accessibility efforts ahead of Paralympics (Kyodo News)


Prime minister's schedule on May 31, 2019 (Sankei)

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

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

Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for June 3-9 (Kyodo News)

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura: "Strong message delivered on Japan-U.S. bonds" (Sankei)

Interview with LDP election strategy chief Amari (Kanagawa Shimbun)


Highlights of May 2019 Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll (Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin)

Trend in six-poll average cabinet support rate and cabinet support rate in text messaging poll, Saitama University Social Survey Research Center (Saitama University Social Survey Research Center)


Japan aims for accord on zero plastic waste by 2050 at G-20 summit (Kyodo News)


Fumiaki Imamura: The international road to scientific success (The Japan Times)


Lockheed Martin reportedly unwilling to share core technology for F-2 successor jet with Japan

TV Asahi reported on Sunday that according to an informed source, Lockheed Martin, which is regarded as Japan's most likely partner in the joint development of the successor to the Air Self-Defense Force's F-2 fighter jet, a project estimated to cost over 5 trillion yen, has told Japan that it will not share its data on computer systems and other core technology under the current plan to develop a fighter based on the state-of-the-art F-22s and F-35s. TV Asahi noted that this means that instead of "taking the lead" in this international joint development project as stated in the Mid-Term Defense Program, Japan is likely to become a "subcontractor" of Lockheed.

Gist of joint statement issued after Japan-U.S.-ROK defense ministerial on June 2 (Mainichi)

Japan steps up cooperation with China's neighboring countries (Yomiuri)


Rally held in Okinawa to protest alleged murder of local woman by U.S. sailor

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo led with reports on a rally held on Sunday in Chatan, Okinawa, to protest the incident in which a U.S. Navy sailor allegedly killed a local woman and committed suicide in Chatan in April. According to the organizer of the event, some 450 people participated and adopted a statement calling for measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

New U.S. Marine Corps commander in Okinawa (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team