Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, January 27, 2020
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Noon news

Most networks gave top coverage to reports on the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, saying that the death toll in China has risen to 80. The network reported on an announcement by Prime Minister Abe this morning that the GOJ is planning to add the new coronavirus to the list of "designated infectious diseases," which enables the government to take compulsory measures without amending the law.


U.S. Navy deploys two unmanned aircraft in Guam

NHK reported online that the U.S. Navy released a statement on Sunday saying that it has deployed two MQ-4C Tritons in Guam. Noting that the U.S. is increasingly alarmed by China's growing naval power in the Western Pacific, as evidenced by its commissioning its second carrier and militarizing artificial islands in the South China Sea, the network said the deployment of the unmanned aerial vehicles in Guam in addition to U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk is aimed at strengthening surveillance of the Chinese military.

Column: Japan's once-a-decade mind games with China over top leader visit (Nikkei Asian Review)

PM Abe meets with head of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (Mainichi)

Former NSS head Yachi: "Russia wants an unconditional peace treaty" (Sankei)

Path paved by languages, inspirational interactions (The Japan Times)

Cartoon: On Chinese authorities' side this time (Tokyo Shimbun)

"Five Eyes" intel alliance ties up with Japan over N. Korea (Kyodo News)


On land and in air, U.S. military spurns requests for Olympics (The Asahi Shimbun)

Kono inspects MSDF destroyer ahead of Middle East mission (Jiji Press)

Japan to train PKO officers in Vietnam (Nikkei)

Japan GSDF, U.S. Marines start joint drills in Hokkaido (Jiji Press)

Okinawa base debate ignores the bigger picture (The Japan Times)

Cyber security steps planned for Tokyo Games (NHK WORLD)

Editorial: Is Japan ready for the rising threat of cyberattacks? (The Mainichi)

Editorial: To prepare for next cyberattack, entities must work together (The Asahi Shimbun)

Fukuda wins 4th term as Iwakuni mayor (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Urgent efforts needed for framework to prevent misuse of military drones (The Japan News)

Japan Inc. assesses cybersecurity risks ahead of Olympics (Nikkei Asian Review)


Japan firms worried by China's virus-related outbound group travel ban (Kyodo News)

LNG bunkering operations to begin in Tokyo Bay (Nikkei)

Wagyu prices fall as Japan turns to crossbred beef after tax hike (Nikkei Asian Review)

Mitsubishi Aircraft to delay passenger jet delivery for 6th time (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Maintain momentum for pay raises to ensure robust growth of economy (The Japan News)


Prime minister's schedule on Jan. 24, 2020 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on Jan. 25, 2020 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on Jan. 26, 2020 (Sankei)

Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for Jan. 27-Feb. 2 (Kyodo News)

Gist of interpellations at Upper House plenary sessions, Jan. 24, 2020 (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Talks on merging opposition parties failed in absence of basic policies (The Japan News)

PM's special advisor determined to support Abe to secure national interest (Sankei)

Editorial: Gaps remain between JCP's revised platform, vision of society, state (The Japan News)

Olympics affecting work for Tokyo governor election (Jiji Press)

Gov't spends 267 bil. yen for Tokyo Olympics, far less than claimed (Kyodo News)


Abe government slips to 48% approval, Nikkei poll (Nikkei Asian Review)

Over half would like to see LH dissolved by year-end, 72% do not want to see Trump reelected, Nikkei poll (Nikkei)


Russian officials concealed their identities from SoftBank employee

All networks reported at noon that in relation to the arrest of a former employee of SoftBank on Saturday on suspicion of illegally giving classified data to Tokyo-based senior officials of the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Japan, it was learned that senior Russian officials concealed their identities from the employee and never met with him at the same time or in the same place. According to TBS, the former SoftBank employee has admitted giving classified information to a senior Russian official in his 50s and told police that he was first approached by the official's predecessor "on the street at night."

Japan stars mourn tragic death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant (Kyodo News)

Japan govt to give up juvenile law revision at current Diet session (Jiji Press)

Ex-gang boss on death row dies in apparent suicide (Jiji Press)


Japan shows detailed tsunami risks from Nankai Trough quake (Jiji Press)

Govt to bring Japanese nationals in Wuhan back home (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Lessons from the past need to heeded to contain virus outbreak (The Asahi Shimbun)

Food may have caused Okinawa swine fever: Panel (Jiji Press)

Ambitious Zero Emission Tokyo plan wins praise, but begs for action (The Japan Times)

Tackling climate issues is key to the next decade (The Japan Times)

Chemical in liquid glue drastically improves cancer therapy (Jiji Press)


U.S. military helicopter makes unscheduled landing in waters off Okinawa

The Sunday editions of Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo led with reports on a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter's unscheduled landing in waters off the east coast of Okinawa on Saturday afternoon. Ryukyu Shimpo called the incident a "crash" and claimed that this was the 51st "crash" involving the U.S. military that has occurred in Okinawa since its reversion to Japan in 1972. Meanwhile, Okinawa Times wrote on Monday that the Defense Ministry's Okinawa Bureau said immediately after the incident that the aircraft made an "unscheduled water landing" and the Defense Ministry announced later that the helicopter made a "water landing." The paper wrote that the 7th Fleet said in a press release on Jan. 25 that the MH-60S helicopter "went down," but the Japanese translation referred to the incident as a "water landing," the same wording used by the Defense Ministry.

U.S. Marine arrested on DUI charge in Okinawa (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team