Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Noon news

All TV networks led with reports that a nine-year old boy was found dead near his home in Saitama City shortly after midnight.


President Trump, PM Abe to meet on Sept. 25, likely to sign new trade deal

NHK, TV Asahi, NTV, TBS, and Kyodo News reported today that National Economic Council Chairman Kudlow said during a speech at the US-Japan Business Conference in Washington on Tuesday that President Trump will meet with Prime Minister Abe in New York on Sept. 25 and the two leaders are expected to sign a trade deal. NHK pointed out that Kudlow did not comment on whether the U.S. will impose additional tariffs on Japanese auto exports. TV Asahi quoted him as saying that the two sides have agreed to reduce tariffs on agricultural products and made progress on the issue of tariffs on industrial products. NTV reported that Kudlow indicated that while the trade deal will be limited to tariffs and other matters relating to goods, this should be expanded to a comprehensive trade agreement that covers services and other areas in the future.

Uncertainty mounting over Abe's hope to serve as U.S.-Iran mediator (Jiji Press)

S. Korea's removal of Japan from trade white list regrettable: Suga (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Attack on Saudi oil supply demands measured response (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: Ill effects of Putin's high-handed rule growing, cannot be concealed (The Japan News)

S. Korean baseball team cancels fall training in Japan amid row (Kyodo News)

Saudi Arabian daily Arab News to launch Japanese edition next month (The Japan Times)


Japan's zero-tariff U.S. rice quota seen to be sharply cut (Jiji Press)

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. to ease bottle rules for Japanese alcoholic drinks (Jiji Press)

Japan wants document guaranteeing no new U.S. auto tariffs (Jiji Press)

Japan eyes screening technology investments as small as 1% (Nikkei Asian Review)

Automakers stockpile nuts and bolts amid Japan-South Korea feud (Nikkei Asian Review)

Toyota to invest $391 mil. to renovate Texas assembly plant (Kyodo News)

Gov't-backed construction of LNG bunkering ship to begin (Sankei)

Gov't to create new legislation aimed at expanding farm exports (Nikkei)

Exclusive: Docomo won't carry Huawei 5G phones (Nikkei Asian Review)

Gov't to consider measures to allow individuals to carry personal data (Nikkei)

Cartoon: No last minute surge in demand (Akahata)

Foreign workers are paid less than Japanese colleagues: private survey (NIKKEI Business Daily)


Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 17, 2019 (Sankei)

Japan mulls adding economic division to national security unit (Kyodo News)

Interview: Communications minister backs 5G networks for rural areas (Jiji Press)

Interview: New Japan land minister resolved on disaster management (Jiji Press)

Social media plays a role in informing about cabinet reshuffle (Nikkei)


"Unaffiliated groups under CCS Suga's influence" gain power (Mainichi)

Abe Cabinet sees 6-point uptick in poll following Sept. 11 reshuffle, Asahi poll (The Asahi Shimbun)

Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun (Asahi)


Koizumi ready to meet Osaka mayor over Fukushima N-plant water (Jiji Press)

Mayor may OK dumping Fukushima N-plant water in Osaka bay (Jiji Press)


Editorial: Last chance to rethink new English tests for varsity entrance (The Asahi Shimbun)


Japan Art Association announces winners of 2019 Praemium Imperiale Awards from Germany, Japan, S. Africa, U.K., U.S. (Japan Forward)

Editorial: Tokyo 2020 organizers falling short of 'diversity & harmony' slogan (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Ingenious methods needed to promote switch to surname 1st (The Japan News)


U.S. military in Okinawa cancels use of commercial port due to local opposition

Mainichi, Okinawa Times, and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that on Tuesday the USMC in Okinawa chose not to go ahead with the planned use of a commercial port in Motobu by an "open water safety boat" in the face of protests by local anti-base activists and labor union members. According to the dailies, a military truck carrying the boat, which was intended for use in parachute drop training on a neighboring islet, was not able to enter the harbor's premises due to a sit-in by some 100 picketers. The papers wrote that the U.S. military is permitted to use commercial ports for operational purposes and has done so in Okinawa on four different occasions. However, the previous instances were all on remote isles and this was reportedly the first time that the U.S. military tried to use a port on the main island of Okinawa. The articles added that after being notified of the plan on Sept. 10, the Motobu municipal government had been urging the U.S. military to forego it by citing the residents' concerns.

Abe says Japan ASDF may evolve into "Air and Space SDF" (Kyodo News)

Japan mulls adding economic division to national security unit (Kyodo News)

Japan looks to boost 'economic security' amid global trade tension (The Mainichi)

Japan National Security Secretariat to form economic division (Jiji Press)

MOD to enhance security of communication devices with an eye on 5G introduction in 2020 (Nikkei)

N. Korea claims Japanese ships "made illegal intrusion" in August (Kyodo News)

Yokota friendship festival draws aircraft fans (Mainichi)


U.S. Marine arrested on DUI charge (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. military captain arrested on DUI charge (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. service member arrested for DUI in Naha (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team