Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and most commercial networks led with reports on the recovery efforts in areas hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis.


Interview with Secretary Chao: "Perfect ceremony steeped in history and tradition"

Explaining that representatives of 191 nations and international organizations participated in the imperial enthronement ceremony, TBS said Secretary of Transportation Chao, who represented the United States, gave an interview to the Japan News Network. During the interview, the Secretary said: "Japan introduced the charm of its tradition and culture to the world."Secretary Chao was shown saying: "Everything is done so flawlessly, steeped in history and tradition. By having something like this ceremony open to the public by television with all these important guests, it really teaches the world a great deal about Japan."The network said the Secretary explained that she had been looking forward to participating in the ceremony because she had heard how wonderful Japan's traditional ceremonies are from former Vice President Quayle, who participated in the previous enthronement ceremony in 1990 when she was serving as Deputy Secretary of Transportation under the George H. W. Bush administration.Secretary Chao was shown saying: "I think the name of the new era is so positive and optimistic. It's the age of harmony. I think it is very indicative of the wish of our country in having a relationship with Japan."The broadcaster added that the Secretary said the United States itself has experienced damage from a number of hurricanes in the past and expressed her heartfelt condolences to the victims of the recent typhoon. She also reportedly said she hopes that U.S.-Japan relations will develop further in the Reiwa era.

Trump transport czar Chao calls for looser rules on self-driving: US cabinet member says relaxed emission standards will lead to more affordable cars (Nikkei Asian Review)

Abe starts diplomacy "marathon" on Imperial ceremony sidelines (Jiji Press)

Abe holds talks with Chinese vice president amid thaw in ties (Kyodo News)

Brunei to scrap Japan import curbs, Sultan tells Abe (Jiji Press)

FM Motegi urges EU to avoid confusion caused by Brexit (Nikkei)

Prices for flights linking Japan, South Korea fall to 1,000 yen (The Asahi Shimbun)


New missile deployment in Asia raised at Japan-U.S. talks (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Japan should expand diplomatic efforts before sending MSDF to Middle East (The Mainichi)

Shipping firms welcome gov't's discussion on sending SDF to Middle East (Nikkei)

Japan, China conduct 1st goodwill drill in 8 years (NHK WORLD)

Gov't sets up commission to centralize information on maritime threats (Yomiuri)

MOF calls for cuts in defense equipment procurement costs (Jiji Press)

Group of Eminent Persons calls for discussions on New START (Mainichi)

Hacker contest planned to locate defenders of cyberspace (The Asahi Shimbun)


Editorial: Make adjustments to achieve aims of revised immigration control law (The Japan News)

Japan rushes to establish LNG bunkering hub as environmental rules push global fleet to natural gas (The Japan Times)

JERA joins hands with Vietnam Electricity to consider joint LNG procurement (Nikkei)

Editorial: 30 years on, Rengo must recall its origins, improve labor conditions (The Japan News)

Georgia president eyes free trade agreement with Japan (Kyodo News)

Foundation stone laid for Japan-funded tunnel project in Nepal (Kyodo News)


Prime minister's schedule on October 21, 2019 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on October 22, 2019 (Sankei)

Gov't exempts cryptocurrencies from political funds regulation (Mainichi)


Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun (Asahi)


Editorial: Japan should contribute to intl lunar exploration with superb technology (The Japan News)


Emperor Naruhito completes enthronement in ceremony rich with history and ritual (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Constitutional issues ignored for emperor's ceremony (The Asahi Shimbun)

HHS Dep. Sec. Hargan speaks in Fukushima about lessons learned regarding reconstruction (The Fukushima Minyu Shimbun)

Country Gold music festival brings down curtain on 30 years of history (Nikkei)


Part falls off U.S. military aircraft in Okinawa

Tuesday's Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo led with reports saying that according to the Defense Ministry's Okinawa Bureau, the U.S. military found during post flight inspections at Kadena Air Base on Friday that a part weighing 3.6 kg was missing from an MC130-J special mission aircraft. The papers wrote that the aircraft part was later found on the base and that it could have fallen off either during takeoff or landing. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that although they asked the U.S. military how and when the part fell off the aircraft and where it was found, they have yet to receive a reply. The paper quoted Okinawa Vice Governor Jahana as saying that this kind of incident causes anxiety for the people of Okinawa.

Okinawa Times wrote that according to the Defense Ministry and the prefectural government, there have been no reports of damage related to the incident. The paper wrote that the prefectural government received an email from the defense bureau at around 9:45 p.m. on Friday saying that it had received "unconfirmed information" from the U.S. Embassy that an aircraft part had fallen either during takeoff or landing. It later received another email from the defense bureau at around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday saying that it received additional information from the Embassy that the part most likely dropped over the water or a U.S.-controlled airfield. The paper wrote that in response to the incident, the mayors of the municipalities hosting Kadena AB expressed concern about the U.S. military's safety management and the delay in providing information.

USG official says Guam relocation not affected by budget shift for border wall construction (Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team