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Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, October 3, 2019
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HEADLINES

Noon news

All broadcasters led with reports on the torrential rain in Kochi Prefecture and other parts of Shikoku due to typhoon Francisco. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of potential floods and mudslides in the region.

ECONOMY

Expert: Japan-U.S. trade agreement is significant in maintaining alliance (Yomiuri)

With a focus on Narita, Delta has no plan to return to Haneda (Nikkei)

8 Japanese areas considering hosting casino resorts (Jiji Press)

Analysis: Litigation risk makes it impossible to close casinos once they are opened (Akahata)

Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun survey of Yokohama citizens (Asahi)

Editorial: Now is time for companies to invest in light of long-term perspectives (The Japan News)

Koizumi vows to make progress on n-plant water issue (Jiji Press)

POLITICS

Prime minister's schedule on Oct. 2, 2019 (Sankei)

Key LDP posts awarded to main factions equally to keep government stable (Nikkei)

20 LDP-affiliated state ministers belong to pro-constitutional revision rightest parliamentary leagues (Akahata)

LDP Amari negative on tax hike over 10 pct (Jiji Press)

Japan opposition parties out of step over consumption tax (Jiji Press)

INTERVIEW: Minister seeks progress in treaty talks with Russia (Jiji Press)

INTERVIEW: Japanese minister seeks to strengthen regional revitalization efforts (Jiji Press)

INTERVIEW: Plan for new reconstruction body expected by year-end (Jiji Press)

OPINION POLLS

Trend in six-poll average cabinet support rate and cabinet support rate in text messaging poll, Saitama University Social Survey Research Center (Saitama University Social Survey Research Center)

INTERNATIONAL

On strained Japan-ROK ties, Mayor of Seoul calls for restoring exchange at municipal level (Mainichi)

Woman charged with vandalism of California "comfort woman" statue (Kyodo News)

Editorial: China's heavy-handed rule will undermine its national development (The Japan News)

U.S. urges Pyongyang to quit provoking (NHK WORLD)

Japan to give passenger-cargo ship to Samoa to improve sea transport (Kyodo News)

SOCIETY

Paralympics: Results of 2020 ticket lottery announced (Kyodo News)

SECURITY

Editorial: Return to policy of exerting maximum pressure on DPRK (Sankei)

Expert: DPRK's latest missile can reach any part of Japan (Sankei)

Expert: Worst-case scenario is integration of two Koreas' technologies (Sankei)

OKINAWA LOCAL PRESS

Suga tells Ginowan mayor setting new deadline for Futenma relocation difficult

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Ginowan Mayor Matsukawa asked Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga when they met at the Kantei on Wednesday to set a new deadline for relocating the Futenma Air Station as the previous deadline was in February. According to Matsukawa, Suga said it would be difficult to set another deadline in the absence of cooperation from the Okinawa Prefectural Government. A senior Ginowan government official reportedly said that Suga probably made the comment in view of the prefectural government's legal actions against the central government over its permit for the landfill work at Henoko. Okinawa Times ran a similar report.

Russian source alleges that U.S. intends to deploy new mid-range missiles in Japan (Ryukyu Shimpo)

Osprey night flights have increased (Okinawa Times)

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