Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, February 10, 2020
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Noon news

Most networks led with reports on the new coronavirus, with NHK saying that Health Minister Kato told the press this morning that the ministry is considering testing all passengers and crew members of the Diamond Princess for the coronavirus before they disembark. Other networks said companies in China have resumed operations today after an extended Chinese holiday in response to the coronavirus outbreak. According to the networks, the death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 908 and the number of infected people has topped 40,000 in China. NHK said 1,236 people in Hubei Province are suffering from serious symptoms of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, NTV gave top play to a report that the Tokyo District Court decided this morning to release on bail Lower House member Tsukasa Akimoto, who was arrested on charges of receiving bribes from a Chinese gaming operator.


American passenger on board Diamond Princess interviewed by Fuji TV

Fuji TV's "Live Good Day" carried a live video interview with Matthew Smith, an American passenger on board the Diamond Princess, who said that the crew members are working hard to make the passengers comfortable. He also said that the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo informed him that he will be able to get off the ship after the 14-day quarantine is over. He added that medication for his wife is expected to be delivered later today. He also expressed hope to enjoy the rest of his trip in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Las Vegas after he gets off the ship.

Additional 60 people on Diamond Princess found to be infected with coronavirus

NHK reported that about 60 additional people on the Diamond Princess were found to be infected with the new coronavirus today, bringing the total number of infected passengers and crew members to about 130. The network said the MHLW still requires the remaining 3,600 passengers and crew members to stay on the ship for 14 days starting from Feb. 5 in principle.

MHLW considering testing all Diamond Princess passengers and crew members for coronavirus

All networks reported that Health Minister Kato told the press this morning that the MHLW is considering testing all passengers and crew members of the Diamond Princess for the new coronavirus before they disembark. Minister Kato reportedly said: "We are looking into whether we can conduct the test or not." While noting that the ministry is already testing elderly people and people with underlying illnesses on board, the network said it is also considering testing all passengers and crew members before they disembark "in order to dispel the anxiety and concern of the people of Japan." According to NHK, Kato said the plan to keep all passengers and crew members on the ship for 14 days starting from Feb. 5 remains unchanged. He also reportedly hinted at the possibility of extending the quarantine period in the event that the ministry tests all the passengers and crew members for the virus, saying: "If we were to conduct the test before they disembark, then they would have to wait for the results before they get off the ship."

Japan may send another plane to Wuhan to bring remaining people home

Concerning the possibility of arranging another flight to Wuhan, NHK reported online on Foreign Minister Motegi's remarks made to the press on Monday morning. Motegi reportedly said that although the details have yet to be worked out, the GOJ is determined to take all possible measures to bring home those who would like to return. He added that although there are Japanese in Hubei Province who wish to return home, it probably will not be necessary for the GOJ to arrange more than one flight to bring them back.

Quarantine for returnees from Wuhan on first plane likely to end on Feb. 12

NHK reported online that the Japanese nationals who returned from Wuhan on the first government-chartered flight and are currently quarantined are likely to be allowed to go home as early as Feb. 12 if the results from a virus test to be taken on Feb. 11 are negative. The network said the MHLW extended the quarantine period for the returnees to a maximum of 12.5 days at maximum in accordance with the incubation period of the virus set by the WHO.

Japan-China flights down 60 pct after viral outbreak (Jiji Press)

Japan carmakers brace for supply and demand nightmares due to coronavirus (The Japan Times)

No lab monkey? Japan Inc waits eagerly for China goods to return (Nikkei Asian Review)

Ruling bloc seniors offer encouragement to China envoy in fight against new pneumonia (Nikkei)

President Moon calls on Japanese envoy to cooperate in containing new pneumonia (Nikkei)

LDP calls for expanding entry restrictions over coronavirus (Jiji Press)

Local govts divided over release of info on infected patients (Jiji Press)

Half of secondary virus infections occur in incubation period: study (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Calm response, accurate info urged to counter new coronavirus outbreak (The Japan News)

Editorial: Provide accurate info on virus spread to prevent anxiety, discrimination (The Mainichi)

Panel proposes fee to encourage hospitals' work style reform (Jiji Press)

Ex-Japanese colonel indicted over defense secret leakage (Kyodo News)

Number of foreigners in Japan with new working visa totals 1,621 (Kyodo News)

Feature: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment (Kyodo News)

New subsidies to support disaster awareness, preparation for foreigners (The Japan News)

Students develop time-saving app for disaster volunteer check-ins (Jiji Press)

Tokyo Olympics organizers 'extremely worried' that coronavirus may hit games (The Japan Times)

Japan targets 20 gold medals at Tokyo Paralympic (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Make use of IT for civil court cases, promoting efficiency and security (The Japan News)

Anti-Asian hate, the new outbreak threatening the world (Nikkei Asian Review)


Seabed for new base in Henoko is "soft" at depths over 70 meters (Tokyo Shimbun)

Editorial: Steadily build base on Mageshima to strengthen Japan-U.S. alliance (The Japan News)

Minato Ward calls for early removal of U.S. heliport (Asahi)

DM Kono inspects GSDF's amphibious unit in Nagasaki (Kanagawa Shimbun)


FM Motegi to hold talks with his Russian counterpart in Germany

NHK reported online that Foreign Minister Motegi told reporters that he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany slated for this weekend and deepen discussions on concluding the peace treaty, including the issue of the Northern Territories. Motegi reportedly expressed hope to attend the conference on the weekend if circumstances permit.

Abe to visit Russia in May for talks with Putin: source (Kyodo News)

Abe vows Russia peace treaty talks at rally for disputed islets (Kyodo News)

Hiroshima, Nagasaki gov'ts to hold A-bomb exhibit in Hawaii for 1st time (The Mainichi)

China's intrusion into Japanese waters is "act of returning evil for good" (Mainichi)

Indonesia eases post-Fukushima import curbs on Japan (Jiji Press)

MOFA reports suspected ship-to-ship transfer by DPRK to UN (Nikkei)

Japan, Malaysia to postpone aircraft industry cooperation (Jiji Press)

Interview: U.S. and China can settle differences via ADB, says ex-president (Nikkei Asian Review)

S. Koreans least trusting of Japan among 6 nations, Japan Press Research Institute survey (Jiji Press)


Bank of Japan taps China hand to lead international division (Nikkei Asian Review)

Yokohama to set up expert committee on selection of IR operator (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Abenomics falters as consumers' fears over social security grow (Nikkei Asian Review)

Japan's 2019 farm exports fall short of 1 tril. yen target (Kyodo News)

Interview: EU Parliament Veep sees big potential in Japan EPA (Jiji Press)

U.S. startup incubator to open facility in Tokyo's Toranomon district (Nikkei)

Nippon Steel to close Kure works in 2023 (Jiji Press)

With profits rolling in, corporate Japan trims its workforce (Nikkei Asian Review)

Editorial: Delay in delivery of Japan-made jet plane should be made up for (The Japan News)


Prime minister's schedule on Feb 8, 2020 (Sankei)

Prime minister's schedule on Feb 7, 2020 (Sankei)


Trend in six-poll average cabinet support rate and cabinet support rate in text messaging poll, Saitama University Social Survey Research Center (Saitama University Social Survey Research Center)


Japan successfully launches intelligence satellite (Jiji Press)


U.S. service member arrested on DUI charge in Okinawa (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team