Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, September 13, 2019
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Noon news

Most TV networks led with extensive reports on the inconveniences that many residents of southern Chiba Prefecture have been suffering due to the prolonged power outage since Typhoon Faxai hit the region on Monday. Trade Minister Sugawara reportedly told the press that it could take up to an additional week for power to be completely restored to some of the affected areas.


Japan lodges protest with DPRK for sending boat with weapons to Japan's EEZ

NHK reported on the disclosure by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga this morning that the GOJ has filed a protest with the North Korean government concerning a boat in possession of weapons spotted by a Japanese patrol boat last month in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan. The government spokesman explained that the GOJ has concluded that the boat was from North Korea on the basis of various intelligence. The broadcaster added that North Korean fishing boats have been frequently operating in the area in violation of Japanese regulations. Mainichi and Nikkei published similar stories online, explaining that three crew members clad in camouflage fatigues on what appeared to be the DPRK boat in question pointed rifles at a Japan Coast Guard vessel.

President Trump expresses willingness to meet with DPRK leader this year

NHK reported online on remarks made to the White House press corps on Thursday by President Trump when he was asked whether he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this year. The network posted video showing the President saying in reply: "At some point yes....I think that is something that will happen."

As WTO dispute looms, new trade chief says Japan won't budge in export control row with Seoul (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Break through impasse in Japan-ROK, Japan-DPRK relations (Mainichi)

This time it's for real: U.S. must help Tokyo and Seoul end crisis (The Japan Times)

Why Japan should stay out of US-led Hormuz coalition (Nikkei Asian Review)

Air Seoul to suspend flights bound for Shizuoka (Tokyo Shimbun)

South Korean city cancels sending officials to exchange program with its Japanese friendship city (Kanagawa Shimbun, West edition)

Editorial: Johnson must sincerely find points of compromise with EU over Brexit (The Japan News)


Ohio leader welcomes bilateral accord lowering duties on U.S. farm products

Nikkei reported online on remarks made to the daily in Tokyo on Friday by visiting Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who welcomed the recent U.S.-Japan agreement on reducing tariffs on U.S. agricultural items. "As our farmers have been hit hard when it comes to trade with China, we are looking forward to seeing something positive in relation to Japan," the governor said. "We are looking for a level playing field." While acknowledging that Japan's imports of Ohio farm products do not match China's in volume, the governor said local farmers still feel positive about the accord. He also expressed hope for more Japanese corporate investment in Ohio.

Economic revitalization minister may take measures to support farmers amid tariff reduction (Asahi)

New LDP tax research chief Amari to focus on developing investment environment (Mainichi)

High-speed 5G game integration in spotlight at Tokyo Game Show (Kyodo News)

Business leaders welcome Abe's new Cabinet with policy experts (Kyodo News)

Japan biz leaders, Chinese gov't enjoy amity but fail to close gap (Asahi)

China urged to ease curbs on Japanese farm, food products (Jiji Press)

JERA chief says LNG procurement not affected by Hormuz crisis (Nikkei)

U.S.-Japan trade deal allows for antitrust actions on Big Tech (Nikkei Asian Review)


Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 12, 2019 (Sankei)

Editorial: What's next after Abe's Cabinet reshuffle? (The Japan Times)

NSS leadership change may signal shift in Kantei's diplomatic focus to economy (Mainichi)

New cabinet includes six legislators with no factional affiliations (Nikkei)

Opposition parties slam Abe's Cabinet reshuffle for favoring allies (Kyodo News)

Koizumi eyes visit to U.S. in Sept., 1st overseas trip as minister (Kyodo News)

Abe to name Hosoda to lead LDP headquarters for constitutional revision (Nikkei)

Komeito's Yamaguchi comments on Abe's latest shakeup (Nikkei)

Cartoon: The rightward shuffle, yeah (Akahata)

Cartoon: Abe unfurls banner (Asahi)


Abe Cabinet support rate rises to 55.4% after reshuffle, Kyodo poll (Kyodo News)

Kyodo News spot opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun (Tokyo Shimbun)

Abe's cabinet reshuffle draws 45% public support, Nikkei poll (Nikkei Asian Review)


Suspected swine fever case found in Japan's Yamanashi (Jiji Press)

Looking for "second earth" with ultra-large telescopes (NIKKEI Business Daily)


Centenarians top 70,000 in Japan's graying population (Kyodo News)

Much to be done on cyberterrorism and budget reduction for Tokyo 2020, new Olympics minister says (The Japan Times)

Olympics: Japan Olympic Museum set to open to public on Saturday (Kyodo News)

Gay American married to Japanese sues gov't for long-term visa (Kyodo News)


U.S. public supports American troop presence in Japan

Okinawa Times highlighted the results of a poll of Americans concerning their views on international issues conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. According to the U.S. think tank, some 57% said they favored maintaining or increasing the current level of U.S. military forces in Japan, whereas 40% said the U.S. should either downsize or withdraw its forces. Almost eight out of ten Americans reportedly believed that U.S.-Japan relations strengthen U.S. security. The corresponding figures for Germany and South Korea were 75% and 70%, respectively.

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team