Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, September 5, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and NTV led with reports on the heavy rain in Mie Prefecture early in the morning. Other broadcasters gave top play to Nissan CEO Saikawa's admission that he received more equity-linked remuneration than he was entitled to.


Japan, India summit held in Vladivostok

NHK reported that Prime Minister Abe and his Indian counterpart Modi held talks in Vladivostok this morning and agreed to arrange the first-ever bilateral foreign and defense ministerial meeting between Japan and India this year. During the meeting, which was convened on the fringes of an international business conference, the two leaders confirmed that PM Abe will visit India in December. Modi reportedly expressed hope for concluding an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement between their two militaries ahead of Abe's visit.

ROK official criticizes Japan again over export controls

NHK reported on remarks made during a business conference held in Vladivostok earlier today by South Korean Deputy Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki, who criticized Japan for enforcing tighter regulations on Korea-bound sensitive materials. He reportedly said: "If a country fails to coordinate closely with its neighbors, it will become isolated, alienated, and unable to avoid heading toward demise regardless of its economic strength."

Abe to travel to Belgium in late September (Sankei)

Examining Abe diplomacy (Part 5): International penetration of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific initiative (Yomiuri)

Examining Abe diplomacy (Part 4): "Speak softly and carry a big stick" is Abe's approach to China over security (Yomiuri)

Samsung partly switches to South Korean chipmaking material (Nikkei Asian Review)


DOD diverts funds for projects in Japan to build border wall

NHK reported online on the Pentagon's disclosure on Wednesday that more than 10% of the $3.6 billion in defense spending that will be diverted from military construction projects at home and abroad to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border is money originally earmarked for facilities improvement projects at five U.S. military installations in Japan. According to the network, some $400 million in funding for projects in Japan, including the construction of a hangar at Yokota AB and a fueling station at MCAS Iwakuni, will be diverted to border wall construction.

Editorial: U.S. is responsible for UNSC's silence over DPRK's missile launches (Sankei)

MSDF destroyer Izumo prepares for new role as aircraft carrier (The Asahi Shimbun)


Food export headquarters to be set up in agriculture ministry (Sankei)

Japan drafts basic policy on casino resorts (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Enhance effectiveness of regulations on IT giants to protect users' data (The Japan News)


Japan's national security adviser Yachi on way out (Nikkei Asian Review)

Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 4, 2019 (Sankei)

Editorial: Policy debate with opposition bloc now a truly pressing issue (The Asahi Shimbun)


New technology for transporting supplies to space to be tested in Kounotori 8 (NIKKEI Business Daily)


Vietnamese trainees sue Fukushima firm over decontamination work (Kyodo News)

S. Korea city to skip event in Japan amid deteriorating ties (Kyodo News)


GOJ refuses to set new deadline for Futenma closure

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo gave front-page coverage to a meeting held in Okinawa yesterday between the central, Okinawa prefectural, and Ginowan municipal governments on reducing the base-hosting burden on Okinawa. Local participants reported that the GOJ rejected Okinawa's call for setting a new deadline for discontinuing operations at MCAS Futenma on the grounds that the prospects for the FRF construction off Camp Schwab remain unclear due to the need for additional engineering work to reinforce the soft seabed. However, the GOJ side later dismissed Okinawa's account by saying that it would be difficult to set a new deadline to replace the previous February 2019 one in the absence of the prefectural government's cooperation for the FRF project. Okinawa Times noted that Tokyo is distrustful of the Tamaki-led prefectural government because it has filed two separate lawsuits against the central government over the realignment initiative, adding that the three-party forum involving the central, prefectural, and municipal governments has already become irrelevant.

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team