JAPAN MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, September 12, 2019
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HEADLINES

Noon news

NHK, NTV, and TBS led with reports on the continued power outage in parts of Chiba Prefecture as a result of damage caused by Typhoon Faxai. TV Asahi gave top coverage to an announcement by Yahoo Japan Corp. that it will purchase Zozo Inc., the operator of Zozotown, Japan's largest online fashion retailer. Fuji TV led with a report on the launch of Prime Minister Abe's new cabinet.

POLITICS

Abe launches new cabinet

During their evening news programs all TV networks reported extensively on the launch of Prime Minister Abe's new cabinet earlier in the day. At a post-reshuffle news conference, Abe vowed to ensure "stability" and take on "challenges" under the new cabinet. Referring to Motegi's appointment as foreign minister, Kono as defense minister, and Kato as health minister, a political reporter at NHK speculated that the premier tapped these lawmakers who have expertise in policy issues to "achieve concrete results" in his remaining term in office. Concerning Abe's desire to amend the Constitution, the reporter said that it will probably be difficult for him to achieve the goal before his term as LDP president expires two years from now. On TV Asahi's "Hodo Station," former Kyodo journalist Kenji Goto speculated that Chief Cabinet Suga's presence in the cabinet has become even stronger after the appointment of Trade Minister Sugawara, Justice Minister Kawai, and Environment Minister Koizumi, who are said to be "close to Suga." On TV Tokyo's "World Business Satellite," business news writer Tatsuo Yamakawa also said Suga's influence appears to be growing.

Editorial: New cabinet should strategically work to cap off Abe's long-term rule (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Address constitutional revision with unwavering resolve (Sankei)

Editorial: New cabinet must work earnestly to finish resolving pending issues (Mainichi)

Editorial: Abe's revamped cabinet responsible for delivering economic revitalization (Nikkei)

Commentary: Two "reassigned" cabinet members to tackle difficult foreign policy, security issues (Asahi)

Commentary: New cabinet tasked with reining in impact of consumption tax hike (Asahi)

Analysis: Observers sift through Abe's reshuffle picks for his potential successors (The Japan Times)

FOCUS: Revamped Cabinet lineup signals Abe's gambit to stay in power (Kyodo News)

FOCUS: Feuds between Japan, neighbors to test Motegi's diplomatic skills (Kyodo News)

U.S. eyes deeper cooperation with Japan after Cabinet reshuffle (Kyodo News)

Abe renews focus on Japan's constitution after cabinet relaunch (Nikkei Asian Review)

Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 11, 2019 (Sankei)

Editorial: Abe should correctly choose his challenges (Asahi)

PROFILE: Veteran lawmaker Takemoto handed science, tech post (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: New agriculture minister Taku Eto versed in farm issues (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: Abe ally Seiichi Eto close to conservative lobby groups (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: New land minister Akaba known to be close to Abe (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: Olympic medalist Hashimoto tasked with ensuring successful Tokyo Games (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: Economic revitalization minister Nishimura versed in policy matters (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: Reconstruction minister Tanaka has worked as probation officer (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: Justice Minister Kawai is advocate of Abe's foreign policy (Kyodo News)

PROFILE: Regional promotion minister Kitamura active on security issues (Kyodo News)

INTERNATIONAL

South Korea asks IOC to ban 'Rising Sun' flag (NHK WORLD)

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