Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Noon news

TBS led with a report saying that since yesterday's Japan-ROK foreign ministerial failed to find middle ground, this morning Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga called on the ROK to deal with the issue of GSOMIA extension "in an appropriate manner" as Saturday is the deadline for making a decision. NHK and Fuji TV filed reports on the unstable weather today, with torrential rains forecast for various locations in western and eastern Japan. TV Asahi reported on a fire early this morning in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, that killed two people. NTV aired a follow-up report on the suspect in several road rage incidents who was arrested in Osaka on Sunday.


Japan, China, ROK foreign ministers meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

NHK reported today that Foreign Minister Kono and his Chinese counterpart Wang and South Korean counterpart Kang met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang earlier today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. It was agreed at the meeting that the three countries will work closely to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and cooperate toward holding a trilateral summit later this year. NHK also reported that the three foreign ministers put together a document after their meeting yesterday on cooperation with third countries, particularly Asian countries, based on the principles of transparency and openness in such areas as sustainable economy, environmental conservation, disaster prevention and reduction, public health, poverty reduction, and people-to-people exchanges.

Minister Seko criticizes ROK's stricter radiation checks on food imports from Japan

NHK reported today that at a news conference this morning, Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Seko commented on the ROK's plan to double the number of radiation checks on certain fishery products imported from Japan from Aug. 23. Asked if this measure is retaliation against Japan's tightening controls on exports to the ROK, Seko said that the measures taken by Japan are internationally recognized administrative procedures and it is "undesirable" to link this to other issues. With regard to the ROK's demand for information disclosure on the handling of radiation contaminated water leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Seko said the South Korean Embassy has been briefed and Japan will continue to provide information not only to the ROK but also to other countries.

Suga: Japan seeks to keep intel pact with S. Korea (NHK WORLD)

FOCUS: Despite subtle overtures, Japan-S. Korea dispute likely to drag on (Kyodo News)

Gist of Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' meeting (Yomiuri)

Esper: U.S. missile test aimed at countering China (NHK WORLD)

Japanese Consul General in Busan appointed secretary-general of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (Nikkei)

South Korean tourists shun Japan as neighbors grit teeth (Nikkei Asian Review)

Cartoon: President Moon (Tokyo Shimbun)

Komeito leader meets with head of Tianjin City (Yomiuri)

Japan is an invaluable conduit bridging U.S. and Iran: Expert (Yomiuri)

Japan believes N. Korea has already developed nuclear warheads (The Japan News)

Gist of Japanese, Chinese, S. Korean foreign ministerial talks (Kyodo News)

U.N. chief to visit Japan next week, meet Abe (Kyodo News)


Yokohama mayor announces bid to host resort with casino

NHK reported today that Yokohama Mayor Hayashi formally announced this afternoon that the city will bid to host an integrated resort with casino and that she will submit a supplementary budget proposal to spend 260 million yen on this bid. NHK noted that Yokohama is the first city in the Kanto region to join the bidding, but that there is considerable opposition to casinos among Yokohama's citizens and businesses. TV Asahi and TBS also carried reports on the mayor's announcement.

Japan, U.S. approaching "final stage" in trade talks: minister (Kyodo News)

U.S. wheat farmers seek risk reduction in deal with Japan (Jiji Press)

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs meet as Sept. target for deal looms (Kyodo News)

Half of new int'l flights at Haneda to connect Japan, U.S. (Jiji Press)

Tokyo metropolitan gov't to discuss expansion of Haneda runways with central gov't (Yomiuri)

Japanese company invests in U.S. start-up specializing in drone technology (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Gov't enhancing 5G optical networks in regional areas (Sankei)


Japan eyes new defense unit to monitor space in fiscal 2020 (Kyodo News)

Expert: Make preparations to again amend Japan-U.S. Security Treaty (Mainichi)

Domestic stealth fighter sought as F-2's successor (The Japan News)

Japan GSDF, U.S. Army hold 1st joint cyber quiz competition (Jiji Press)


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

INTERVIEW: Japan Communist Party sees no need for constitutional revision (Jiji Press)

Cartoon: Celebrity marriage (Mainichi)


Paralympics: Tokyo organizers launch Para domestic ticket lottery (Kyodo News)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team