Afternoon Alert   -   Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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Noon news

NHK and NTV led with reports of Sadako Ogata, who passed away at the age of 92 and previously served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 1991 to 2000 and the president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency from 2003 to 2012. Other commercial networks led with reports on the ongoing recovery efforts from the damage inflicted by torrential rains in Chiba and Fukushima Prefectures.


CCS Suga rejects DPRK's claim that video of collision was doctored

NHK reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters on Tuesday that Japan absolutely cannot accept North Korea's claim that a video of the collision between a Fisheries Agency patrol boat and a North Korean trawler was edited. North Korea called on Japan on Monday to pay compensation and take measures to prevent a recurrence by saying that the video was doctored and the patrol boat intentionally collided with the fishing boat in order to sink it. Suga reportedly said that the agency released the video so that the Japanese public would understand that the patrol boat's actions were appropriate and added that Japan has repeatedly conveyed its position to the DPRK.

ROK National Assembly speaker to visit Japan

NHK reported that the secretariat of Japan's House of Councillors said that South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang will visit Japan to attend a meeting of parliamentary leaders of the G20 nations that will be held on Nov. 4 in Tokyo. The network noted that the ROK speaker reportedly said in February that an apology from then Emperor Akihito would resolve the comfort women issue. In response, House of Councillors President Santo told the South Korean ambassador to Japan that his remarks were disrespectful and unacceptable. The network said that Santo has not yet decided whether to hold bilateral talks with her ROK counterpart when he visits Tokyo.

Japan, S. Korea weigh creation of fund amid spat over wartime labor (Kyodo News)

Japan to explain Rising Sun flag in Korean (Jiji Press)

Editorial: China must stop using its large market to pressure foreign firms (The Japan News)

Commentary: Erosion of America's reliability for allies (The Japan Times)

Japan candidate to run for head of U.N. intellectual property group (Kyodo News)


Japan to add economic team to National Security Council: Expanded body to coordinate with US on investment and tech rules (Nikkei Asian Review)

Macau lifts import ban on food from 9 Japan prefectures (Jiji Press)

Boycott Japan: How young South Koreans keep the anger alive (Nikkei Asian Review)

Gov't to promote discount of patent-expired drugs (Nikkei)

Panel proposes plan for stable 5G mobile services (Jiji Press)

Gov't unofficially names cabinet secretariat official as head of casino management committee office (THEMIS)

Gov't to ramp up research collaboration on AI development (Yomiuri evening edition)


New system eyed for safe navigation in Arctic Ocean (The Japan News)

Three U.S. servicemen arrested for punching police car windows (Yomiuri evening edition)

MOD's "insubstantial" measures against "rising" weapons price through FMS (Sentaku)

Japan's F-35A 4 billion yen more expensive than U.S. variant (Asahi)

U.S. warship involved in fatal 2017 collision near Singapore departs Yokosuka for testing at sea (The Japan Times)

Japan calls up SDF reserves for typhoon disaster relief (Jiji Press)


Japan's Ogata, ex-U.N. high commissioner for refugees, dies at 92 (Kyodo News)

Gov't to urge male staff to take more than 1-month childcare leave (Kyodo News)

New York City street named after women's judo pioneer Kanokogi (Kyodo News)

Tokyoites split over 2020 marathon being held in Sapporo, metropolitan government survey shows (The Japan Times , Kyodo News)

Public, private sectors join hands to take steps against fake news (Yomiuri)

Cartoon: Koike distraught (Kanagawa Shimbun)


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

Japan to add economic team to National Security Council (Nikkei Asian Review)

Former PM Hatoyama aims to create a new party (Mainichi)


76% say they have not changed their spending since consumption tax hike, Nikkei poll (Nikkei)

Japan gov't point reward system encouraged some consumers to use cashless payments, Mainichi poll (The Mainichi)

Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun (Mainichi)


Japan team finds water in ancient Mars contained salt (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Can the 'Moonshot' program break from conventions of past initiatives? (The Japan News)

Japan, U.S. cooperate in lunar exploration but with different objectives (Nikkei)

89 pct of Japanese interested in plastic waste issues, gov't survey (Jiji Press)


Ministry says 70% of universities will use private English tests for admissions (Asahi)


FY2019 base subsidies allocated to Okinawa municipalities amount to 7.2 billion yen (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team