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Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, January 16, 2020
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HEADLINES

Noon news

All broadcasters gave top coverage to reports on the first case of pneumonia linked to the new coronavirus that has caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China. According to the announcement by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, a Chinese man in his 30s, a resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, who returned to Japan on Jan 6. after traveling to Wuhan, China, tested positive for the new coronavirus. The man may have come into close contact with a patient suffering from pneumonia in China. He was hospitalized on Jan. 10 but discharged on Wednesday.

SECURITY

Senior DOS official says U.S. to discuss overall defense responsibilities with Japan

NHK reported this afternoon that Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Cooper said at a press conference on Wednesday in Washington that the USG will begin this year talks with Japan on host nation support (HNS) for U.S forces. The assistant secretary reportedly stressed that the Trump administration expects its allies to share defense capabilities and risks in addition to costs. The senior DOS official also reportedly said: "Any state, and this is inclusive of Japan, should be contributing more not only to their self-defense but to where we are working jointly in a regional context." The network reported that the Trump administration has made similar demands on South Korea, but Seoul has been reluctant to comply, adding that the negotiations with Japan are expected to be just as tough.

INTERNATIONAL

Kantei's top security official meets with Putin's top aide

Nikkei reported online from Moscow that visiting National Security Secretariat Secretary General Kitamura held talks with Secretary Patrushev of the Kremlin's Security Council on Wednesday, saying that they exchanged views on bilateral relations, North Korea's denuclearization, and the situation in the Middle East.

Gist of Japan-U.S.-ROK foreign ministerial (Yomiuri)

Gist of Japan-ROK foreign ministerial (Yomiuri)

Japan and US tout 60-year-old alliance as global risks rise: Tokyo and Washington chart close cooperation on China and Iran (Nikkei Asian Review)

60th anniversary of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty: China's emergence is the largest challenge (Nikkei)

Expert urges Japan to spearhead efforts to rearrange world order (Asahi)

Head of Japan-Taiwan parliamentary association to visit Taiwan from Jan. 16 (Nikkei)

Polish prime minister to make 3-day visit to Japan from Mon. (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Japan should continue diplomatic efforts for stability in Middle East (The Japan News)

Russia seizes Japanese fishing boat off Hokkaido (Kyodo News)

ECONOMY

New FTC exec eager to promote digital competition (Jiji Press)

Fukushima agricultural exports hit record high (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Tougher rules on wagyu gene sales (The Japan News)

Spent MOX fuel removed at Ikata nuclear plant, 1st time in Japan (Kyodo News)

Renewable energy promotion council launched (Mainichi)

Toyota to invest $394m in US flying taxi startup Joby Aviation (Nikkei Asian Review)

BOJ downgrades assessments of 3 regions on slowing global economy (Kyodo News)

TOKYO REPORT: Japan's new visa system unlikely to reach target (Jiji Press)

POLITICS

Prime minister's schedule on January 15, 2020 (Sankei)

DPFP "split" over merger while CDPJ grows weary (Sankei)

Editorial: Japanese gov't should reconsider casino resort plan in light of bribery scandal (The Mainichi)

EDUCATION

Japan starts talks afresh on university entrance exams (Jiji Press)

SOCIETY

Japan confirms 1st case of infection with new coronavirus from China (Kyodo News)

Australian father gets suspended term for trespassing at in-law's Tokyo home (The Japan Times)

Japan bolsters virus screening for Spring Festival travel rush: Patient in Thailand did not visit market in question, WHO says (Nikkei Asian Review)

Univ. of Tokyo fires associate prof. over anti-Chinese Twitter posts (Kyodo News)

Japanese response to alleged global Chinese assault on rights 'lukewarm,' rights group says (The Japan Times)

Olympics: Ticket designs unveiled featuring traditional Japanese colors (Kyodo News)

Expectations high in Japan with Olympic year under way (Jiji Press)

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