Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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Noon news

All TV networks led with reports on the serious flooding caused by the record rainfall in northern Kyushu. There are reports of several casualties and extensive damage to property and infrastructure.


U.S. reportedly continues to urge ROK to maintain GSOMIA with Japan

NHK reported this morning that at a meeting with NHK and other media outlets yesterday, an unnamed senior U.S. State Department official criticized the ROK's decision to scrap its GSOMIA with Japan because the move will undermine the existing high level of U.S.-Japan-ROK security cooperation and could weaken the U.S. Forces Korea and the South Korean armed forces. This official reportedly said that while the chances for maintaining the Japan-ROK GSOMIA have been significantly compromised, "all is not lost" and it is still possible to revert to the status quo, revealing that the U.S. is continuing its efforts to persuade the ROK not to scrap the accord. Commenting on the fact that Japan and the ROK will have to share military intelligence through the U.S. after the GSOMIA is scrapped, another senior State Department official reportedly pointed out that this would be "difficult" and "ineffective" and would be "practically useless" in a contingency, stressing that the GSOMIA should be maintained in order to deal with North Korea.

Interview: U.S. official calls on Seoul to keep intel-agreement with Japan (Nikkei Asian Review)

Commentary: Japan should adopt policy toward South Korea of "doing nothing" (Mainichi)

JCG to procure large drones for maritime patrol (Sankei)


Lee raps Japan's trade curbs as "extremely regrettable" (Jiji Press)

Iran not hoping tensions rise further in Middle East: Zarif (Kyodo News)

S. Korea calls on Japan to agree to talks to repair ties (Kyodo News)

Examining Abe diplomacy (Part 1): Intimacy between U.S. and Japan based on trust (Yomiuri)

Abe, Iran's Zarif hold talks over tensions in Middle East (Kyodo News)

Japan removes South Korea from list of trusted trade partners as row between neighbors deepens (The Japan Times)

Japan sees no safety problem with Fukushima plant tainted water (Jiji Press)

Abe vows to boost investment in Africa as leaders from continent gather (Kyodo News)

Japan pledges to help double rice output in Africa by 2030 (Jiji Press)

Africa conference to call for rules-based maritime order (Jiji Press)

Japan urges African startup tie-ups in Belt and Road countermove (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: TICAD an eye-opener for Japan (The Japan Times)

Chinese presence in Africa looms over opening of TICAD development conference in Yokohama (The Japan Times)

Kantei's exclusion of MOFA exacerbates Japan-ROK tensions (AERA)

Japan positive about Russia's G-7 return (Jiji Press)


U.S. farm states cheer Japan corn deal (NHK WORLD)

Main points of new Japan-U.S. trade agreement (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Work out proper details before signing Japan-U.S. trade deal (The Japan News)

Editorial: Abe owes Japan explanation over trade deal with Trump (The Mainichi)

Brazil urges Japan to lift import ban on fresh beef (Jiji Press)

U.S. casino giants bet on Japan, raising addiction fears (Kyodo News)


Prime minister's schedule on August 27, 2019 (Sankei)

Gist of Prime Minister Abe's press conference (Yomiuri)

Cabinet Office makes budget request of 319 billion yen for Okinawa development (Yomiuri)

Rengo decides not to indicate which political party it supports (Mainichi)


Japan envoy to help resettle Rohingya returnees (NHK WORLD)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team