Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, October 11, 2019
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Noon news

All TV networks led with reports on Typhoon Hagibis, which is likely to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the Tokai and Kanto regions on Saturday and Sunday. The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned that people residing in the path of the powerful typhoon need to make adequate preparations.


Suga comments on DPRK, three-way coordination with U.S., ROK

NHK reported online on remarks made to the press this morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga concerning North Korea. In response to a statement released by six European nations at the UN Security Council condemning Pyongyang's recent SLBM launch, the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement indicating its intention to resume ICBM and nuclear testing. While refraining from commenting on the DPRK's intentions, Suga said it is important that the agreement reached between the United States and the DPRK at their summit in June 2018, including Pyongyang's commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, be implemented completely and swiftly. Suga also commented on the recent trilateral talks held between the United States, Japan, and the ROK by saying that Japan has received a detailed briefing from the United States on its denuclearization talks with the DPRK.He further stated that Washington, Tokyo, and Seoul discussed the current situation surrounding North Korea and closely coordinated their policies toward Pyongyang.

Suga says GOJ might release video of collision with DPRK boat

TV Asahi and Fuji TV reported on remarks made to the press this morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga. He reportedly said the GOJ is mulling the release of a video of Monday's collision between a Fisheries Agency patrol ship and a North Korean trawler. TV Asahi said that the GOJ had originally taken a negative stance toward the release of the video, but some LDP lawmakers are calling for its release. Kyodo News filed a similar report.

Kono discusses his response as foreign minister to rising tensions with ROK (Bungeishunju)

Japan mulling release of video showing N. Korea fishing boat collision (Kyodo News)

Commentary: Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history (The Japan Times)

Trump lost leverage on China and North Korea: former Obama aide (Nikkei Asian Review)


GOJ to establish new office to promote food exports

NHK reported online that the GOJ approved at a cabinet meeting today a bill to establish a new office in the Agriculture Ministry to promote Japan's exports of farm, forestry, and fishery products. The network speculated that the establishment of the new office is intended to facilitate coordination among different government agencies that handle domestic procedures to comply with the necessary health standards for exports or other issues. The broadcaster noted that the lack of a central authority to work on export procedures has been seen as a major obstacle for expanding exports. The GOJ plans to submit and enact the bill at the current Diet session.

Rush Street decides on architect and designer for Hokkaido IR (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Astellas Pharma to invest in U.S. incubation facility (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Hoshino Resorts to open its first American hotel in Hawaii (Mainichi)

Japan machinery orders fall 2.4% in August, down for 2nd month (Kyodo News)

Northern Japan port aims to be hub for Arctic passage (Nikkei Asian Review)


Prime minister's schedule on Oct. 10, 2019 (Sankei)

Gist of interpellations at Lower House Budget Committee, Oct. 10, 2019 (Yomiuri)

Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors (Yomiuri)

LDP Lower House member Debata joins Nikai's faction (Yomiuri)

Cartoon: Lexicon of constitutional revision (Akahata)


NASA Administrator gives lecture, calls for Japanese cooperation in lunar exploration (Mainichi)

Japan swine fever vaccinations to be given in 10 prefectures (Jiji Press)


No. of Japanese language institutions soars in Asia: survey (Kyodo News)


Editorial: A Nobel Prize for a revolutionary technology (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Yoshino's Nobel should enhance support for long-term research (The Asahi Shimbun)

Cartoon: Nobel laureate Yoshino is worried (Asahi)

Editorial: Chemistry Nobel honors remarkable achievement that changed lives (The Japan News)

Editorial: Japanese Nobel Prize behind 'mobile revolution' grounded in basic research (The Mainichi)


U.S. service member causes DUI accident in Fussa City (Akahata)


Okinawa governor discusses Ginowan assembly's call for promotion of Henoko project

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a press conference by Governor Tamaki on Thursday at which he reportedly acknowledged the Ginowan municipal assembly's recent adoption of an opinion paper calling for the promotion of the Henoko project and indicated that he will take the views of Ginowan residents seriously. However, he also reiterated his opposition to the FRF construction at Henoko.On his planned trip to the U.S. starting next Monday, he noted that he will provide a detailed explanation of the situation facing Okinawa with regard to the relocation of the Futenma base to Henoko with a particular focus on the soft seabed and the construction period; the operation of the FRF; and the outcome of February's prefectural referendum in which over 70% of those who voted opposed the Futenma relocation.

Experts discover that soft seabed off Henoko has "unique nature" (Ryukyu Shimpo)

Local landowner remains distrustful of GOJ's handling of helicopter accident in Takae (Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo)

Australian rape victim calls for termination of U.S.-Japan SOFA (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team