Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, September 6, 2019
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Noon news

All broadcasters gave top coverage to updates on the fatal collision between a train and a truck in Yokohama. The networks focused on the continued disruption of train service and the police search of the trucking company's premises.


Busan legislature enacts ordinance calling for boycott of Japanese "war crime enterprises"

NHK reported that the municipal assembly of Busan, South Korea, unanimously approved an ordinance on Friday designating Japanese firms involved in forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula as "war crime enterprises" and mandating local educational institutions to endeavor not to use or procure their products. The network added that the assembly also endorsed a separate ordinance authorizing the installation on local public roads of structures commemorating historical incidents, projecting that the move is bound to embolden a local civic group to go ahead with a plan to build a statue commemorating the suffering of requisitioned workers.

U.S. defense chief comments on coalition to defend sea lanes in Middle East

NHK reported on remarks made to the press corps in London on Thursday by visiting Defense Secretary Esper, who was asked about the "absence of broad support" from the international community for the U.S. proposal to form a coalition to defend strategic waterways in the Middle East. The secretary reportedly suggested that the launch of the coalition may take some time given that the potential members are still weighing their options and some are apparently seeking parliamentary endorsement for participation. He reportedly noted that Washington will continue to urge more countries to follow the lead of the UK, Bahrain, and Australia, which have already announced they will participate.

Gist of remarks by Japanese and Russian leaders (Yomiuri)

Abe urges Putin to fulfill "historical duty" to sign peace treaty (Kyodo News)

Leaders of Japan, Mongolia confirm cooperation for DPRK denuclearization (Nikkei)

Examining Abe diplomacy (Part 6): Abe traveled around world 38 times for negotiations (Yomiuri)

Examining Abe diplomacy (Part 7): Shift from "idealist to realist" (Yomiuri)

Cartoon: Post-Brexit wall (Asahi)


WTO to settle old Japan-South Korea case as new tensions brew (Nikkei Asian Review)

Tokyo's offer to buy US corn baffles Japan's animal feed makers (Nikkei Asian Review)

Gov't to help boost sales of home appliances to ASEAN (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Nuclear watchdog, power industry should jointly devise safety measures (The Japan News)

Commentary: What's behind the food self-sufficiency 'crisis'? (The Japan Times)


Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 5, 2019 (Sankei)

Huawei offers to make source code available (NHK WORLD)

Intraparty faction led by Nikai becomes 4th largest in LDP (Mainichi)

CDPJ, DPFP secretaries-general meet to discuss formation of floor groups (Nikkei)

Tokyo governor plans to name ex-Yahoo President Miyasaka as deputy (Nikkei)

Cartoon: Suga on the spot (Akahata)


Editorial: Address concerns about new English exams (The Japan Times)


South Korea calls for a ban of the Rising Sun flag at the 2020 Games (The Japan Times, Jiji)

2020 Games criticized by Tokyo association for the blind for lack of ticket info in Braille or on CDs (The Japan Times)

Tokyo Games c'ttee mulling artificial snow to fight heat (Jiji Press)

Govt wants surname 1st in Roman letters (The Japan News)


Strengthening confidentiality in defense industry (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Defense Ministry must work to trim equipment procurement costs (The Japan News)


DM Iwaya, Okinawa Governor Tamaki engage in tense talks

Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a meeting between Defense Minister Iwaya and Okinawa Governor Tamaki in Naha yesterday. The paper said that although the defense chief's visit to Okinawa was apparently intended to display the central government's policy of providing "detailed explanations" on the FRF construction, the two politicians ended up engaging in heated discussions on the pros and cons of the realignment project. The daily described the meeting as tense and said it marked a sharp contrast to the minister's "cordial" meeting earlier in the day with pro-FRF Nago Mayor Toguchi, during which Iwaya reportedly pledged to make "utmost efforts" to meet the municipal leader's funding request for a local waste disposal project.

Meanwhile, Okinawa Times highlighted DM Iwaya's tour of MCAS Futenma the same day, which included a courtesy call on Lt. Gen. Clardy, the Okinawa Area Coordinator. The paper opined that as Lt. Gen. Clardy is only one among hundreds of U.S. military generals, it was not appropriate for the nation's top defense official to visit a "lower-ranking" U.S. official. Iwaya reportedly told the press that he was unconcerned about the "disparity" in their ranks, explaining that while the session may have run counter to normal diplomatic protocol, Gen. Clardy traveled to Futenma from Camp Courtney to meet with him.

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team