JAPAN MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, September 30, 2019
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HEADLINES

Noon news

Top stories on broadcasters' noon news programs included buying sprees at department stores, supermarkets, and other retail outlets ahead of the planned increase in the consumption tax tomorrow, the forecast that Typhoon Mitag may hit remote islands in Okinawa, and Kansai Electric Power Co.'s plan to make public the results of an internal probe into its executives' receipt of 320 million yen ($3 million) in money and goods from a former municipal official of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts one of its nuclear power stations.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. official calls on Iran to accept negotiations (NHK WORLD)

China ready to declare new stage in Japan ties on Xi visit: envoy (Nikkei Asian Review)

North Korea claims Yamatotai within its "territorial waters" (Sankei)

Editorial: Abe must do more on Middle East than play go-between for Iran, US (The Mainichi)

Japan, EU vow infrastructure cooperation in counter to China (Kyodo News)

Japan physicians group sends official to N. Korea, eyes medical aid (Kyodo News)

ECONOMY

Editorial: Japan-US trade deal not a 'win-win' as PM Abe would like us to believe (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Japan-U.S. trade deal may be realistic but it is the second-best solution (The Japan News)

Expert: Encircle U.S. by expanding free trade (Mainichi)

Exclusive: Japan eyes tax breaks to steer idle cash into M&A deals (Nikkei Asian Review)

"Need to monitor LNG prices" after Saudi attack, Japan Gas Association chair (NIKKEI Business Daily)

SECURITY

Editorial: Can Japan protect itself with defense budget that is "1% of GDP"? (Sankei)

Editorial: Are Japan, South Korea fully prepared for DPRK? (Nikkei)

Editorial: Defense white paper shows need to respond to new military technologies (The Japan News)

Defense White Paper stresses request for amelioration of FMS, which favor U.S. (Tokyo Shimbun)

China, Russia bombers approached Senkakus in July (Kyodo News)

GSDF to send training unit to U.K. for first time (Mainichi)

POLITICS

Prime minister's schedule on Sept 27, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 28, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on Sept. 29, 2019 (Sankei)

Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for Sept.30-Oct. 6 (Kyodo News)

INTERVIEW: LDP Open to Constitutional Reform Proposals from Others (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Newly formed parliamentary group to be tested (The Japan Times)

Commentary: What's behind Japan's political stability? (The Japan Times)

Cabinet reshuffle raises a slew of new questions (The Japan Times)

Japan's new Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai pledges reform with a focus on immigration (The Japan Times)

SCIENCE

Japan's cargo spaceship docks with Int'l Space Station (Kyodo News)

SOCIETY

Gov't to conduct anti-terrorism test at Tokyo Station before Olympics (Kyodo News)

Olympics: 2020 organizers reveal 6,900 tickets bought with fake IDs (Kyodo News)

EXCLUSIVE: Yakuza ties seen for Olympic village subcontractor (Jiji Press)

Japan gov't to study whether to introduce joint custody of children (Kyodo News)

Almost 20,000 foreign children in Japan not attending school (Kyodo News)

New generation of quasi-gangsters fly under police radar (The Japan Times)

OKINAWA LOCAL PRESS

DOD civilian apprehended in Okinawa for DUI

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the arrest of a U.S. military worker at Kadena AB on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Yomitan on Sunday, noting that the 56-year-old civilian employee has denied the allegation. The alcohol on his breath was allegedly 3.5 times higher than the permissible level.

In a related story, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that according to prefectural government data, the number of DUI incidents involving U.S. military community members this year was 27 as of Sept. 29, noting that the corresponding figure for all of last year was 25. The daily said DUI incidents involving U.S. service members and base civilians have been on the rise over the past three years.

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