Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Noon news

All TV networks led with follow-up reports on the nine-year-old boy who was found strangled to death near his home in Saitama yesterday.


Japan, ROK foreign ministers may meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly next week

NHK reported today that arrangements are being made for Foreign Minister Motegi and ROK Foreign Minister Kang to hold their first meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week. Coordination is also underway for Motegi to hold separate meetings with his counterparts from several other countries. If the meeting with Kang materializes, Motegi will reportedly ask the ROK to rectify the situation that runs counter to international law with regard to the requisitioned workers issue and will discuss the GSOMIA and Japan's tighter control on exports to the ROK. NHK noted that most Foreign Ministry officials do not foresee any immediate improvement in bilateral ties as a result of the talks.

Interview with Defense Minister Taro Kono (Nikkei)

Defense Minister Taro Kono says Japan not yet ready to point fingers over Saudi attack (The Japan Times)

N. Korea envoy says ties with Japan go "from bad to worse" (Kyodo News)

After reshuffle, Abe remains on rocky road over abductions (Jiji Press)

Trump names State Department official O'Brien as new security adviser (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Countries should deal with attacks on Saudi Arabia oil facilities calmly (The Japan News)

Japan plans test tour to Russian-held isles (NHK WORLD)

Japan recommends Asakawa as next ADB president (Jiji Press)

FM Motegi asks British counterpart to ensure orderly Brexit (Nikkei)

Japan, N.Z. agree to deepen defense, economic cooperation (Jiji Press)

Japan gov't downplays drop in South Korean visitors (Jiji Press)

S. Korean visitors to Japan down by half in Aug.: gov't data (Kyodo News)

South Korean visitors to Japan halve in Aug. (Jiji Press)

Japan feeling economic pinch as S. Korean visitors plummet (The Asahi Shimbun)

Japan's food exports to S. Korea plunge 40 pct in Aug. (Jiji Press)

U.S. "actively engaged" in efforts to improve Tokyo-Seoul ties (Jiji Press)


Japan will press U.S. for pledge on auto tariffs: new foreign minister (Nikkei Asian Review)

New Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi holds firm that Seoul must end wartime labor row (The Japan Times)

Japan, U.S. biz leaders concerned over extra U.S. auto tariffs (Jiji Press)

Battered by trade war, China's cities vie for Japanese business (Nikkei Asian Review)

Attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities highlights vulnerability of Japan's oil procurement (Yomiuri)

Higher crude oil prices could affect Japanese households (Jiji Press)

More than 60% of Yokohama citizens oppose having IR, Kanagawa Shimbun-JX Press poll (Kanagawa Shimbun)

President Trump's friend behind Yokohama mayor's shift from anti- to pro-casino stance (Shukan Bunshun)

Japan logs goods trade deficit for 2nd straight month in Aug. (Kyodo News)

BOJ keeps monetary policy unchanged, resists global easing trend (Kyodo News)

Editorial: New NRA probe into Fukushima accident should help better safety (The Asahi Shimbun)

Ex-TEPCO execs acquitted over Fukushima nuclear crisis (Kyodo News)


U.S. mulls deploying F-35 fighters at Kadena Air Base

NHK reported this morning that U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander Brown stated during an interview in Washington yesterday that the Air Force is considering replacing the F-15 fighters currently deployed at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa with the advanced F-35 stealth fighter or the F-16 fighter aircraft. Gen. Brown also commented on the ROK's scrapping of its GSOMIA with Japan. While he reportedly remarked that trilateral security cooperation has not been affected so far, he expressed hope for the resumption of the Japan-ROK GSOMIA.

Chinese military briefed Japan on defense policy (NHK WORLD)

Abe, NSC to oversee economic security (The Japan News)


Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 18, 2019 (Sankei)

Japan's Diet to convene extraordinary session on Oct. 4 (Kyodo News)

Former Land Minister Ishii to become Komeito deputy chief representative (Mainichi)

FactCheck Initiative Japan NPO uncovers dodgy claims from Abe and others ahead of July vote (The Japan Times)


Application starts for English test under new college entrance system (Kyodo News)


Over 190 countries expected at emperor's post-accession ceremony (Kyodo News)

Child poverty research consortium formed in Japan (Jiji Press)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team