Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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Noon news

Most broadcasters led with reports on the hot weather across Japan today, with the temperature expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius in Kyushu. TV Asahi led with a report on the planned Diet debate between Prime Minister Suga and the leaders of the opposition parties this afternoon.


Senior White House official says Quad leaders to hold in-person meeting this fall

NHK reported that Indo-Pac Coordinator Kurt Campbell at the National Security Council said in an online event on Tuesday that the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India are aiming to hold the first-ever in-person Quad summit in Washington this fall. The network said President Biden places emphasis on the Quad framework of nations that share common values such as democracy and the rule of law in an effort to counter China's rising influence. Campbell reportedly expressed the view that the Quad leaders are expected to discuss COVID-19 vaccine supplies and how to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure development. The network added that the Quad summit was held online for the first time in March, conjecturing that the Biden administration is hoping to hold an in-person summit as soon as possible to further strengthen the four-nation framework.

G-7 plans steps to defend academic research with eye on China (Nikkei Asia)

S. Korea diplomat sees work cut out to help improve ties with Japan (Kyodo News)

Biden pushes Belt and Road rival ‘Blue Dot’ with Japan and Australia (Nikkei Asia)

Flight path of China’s military aircraft encloses Taiwan, blocking Japan and U.S. (Asahi)

U.S. enlists Quad to strengthen critical supply chains (Nikkei Asia)


Yomiuri-Hankook Ilbo joint opinion poll & results (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Moon must act on public awareness of need for better ties with Japan (The Japan News)


Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 116th consecutive day (Sankei)

Germany continues bargaining with Japan, China over planned port calls (Sankei)

New U.S. Pacific Fleet commander pays courtesy call on Yokosuka mayor (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Editorial: Decisive protest a must on Okinawa U.S. helicopter incident (The Asahi Shimbun)

Japan’s host nation support increased by 9% in 7 years (Nikkei)

Changes in SDF deployment overseas since 1991 (Nikkei)


Renewable energy to be prioritized (Nikkei)

JEITA to create cross-industry consortium to promote decarbonization (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Japanese city trials public EV charger (NHK WORLD)

Commentary: Economists give shot in the arm to Japan’s COVID-19 fight (Nikkei Asia)

Japan to keep anti-dumping duties on chemical imports from S. Korea (Kyodo News)

SoftBank mobile unit teams with U.S. startup on low-cost satellite service (Nikkei Asia)

Japan falls behind as international job retraining race heats up (Nikkei Asia)

Japan corporate bankruptcies up 50.3 pct in May (Jiji Press)

NFT interest growing in Japan, but legal worries persist (The Japan Times)

Japan economy watchers sentiment keeps falling (Jiji Press)


Nikai to establish new parliamentary league with former PM Abe as top advisor

Fuji TV reported at noon that LDP Secretary General Nikai will establish as early as next week a new parliamentary league on a free and open Indo-Pacific and have former Prime Minister Abe serve as its top advisor. The network said that since the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative is meant to counter China's Belt and Road, some senior LDP members are expressing surprise that pro-China Nikai decided to set up such a league. The network added that there is a growing move among LDP heavyweights to establish a new parliamentary league, saying that some view the move as a struggle for leadership within the party ahead of the Lower House elections and the LDP presidential election in the fall.

Prime minister’s schedule on June 8, 2021 (Sankei)

Japanese lawmaker apologizes for comment about consensual sex between adult and 14-yr-old (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Japan PM Suga must be forthright, sincere in Diet party leaders’ debate (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Sugawara’s belated, low-profile exit from Diet worsens distrust in politics (The Japan News)

Cartoon: Pol in a bubble (Tokyo Shimbun)


Japan proposes alternative meat to reduce emissions (Jiji Press)


10% of population has received vaccination against COVID-19 (Nikkei)

Infographic: Five COVID-19 indicators for 18 key prefectures (June 6, 2021) (NHK digital)

Infographic: Status of gov’t indicators for COVID-19 in Tokyo (June 8, 2021) (Tokyo Shimbun)

Infographic: 766,380 persons in Japan confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 (June 8, 2021) (NHK digital)

Editorial: Learning from past mistakes vital to new vaccine strategy (The Asahi Shimbun)


Minister: Difficult to postpone Games again (NHK WORLD)

Tokyo Games should have no spectators: Med assn. head (Jiji Press)

Local fans lose out as events linked to Tokyo Olympics canceled or repurposed (The Japan Times)


Japanese workers at U.S. military bases to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Okinawa Times wrote that it learned from a GOJ source on Tuesday that the governments of the United States and Japan have agreed to administer COVID-19 vaccines to Japanese workers at U.S. military bases in Japan and that the GOJ is planning to announce the agreement by the end of this week. The source said that arrangements are being made for Japanese workers to receive Moderna vaccines provided by the U.S. government and that American medical workers will administer the vaccines at bases. The paper wrote that the U.S. side sounded out the GOJ in December of last year on the idea of vaccinating Japanese base employees. However, although the U.S. military called for the vaccination to take place, it did not happen at that time because the Japanese government had not yet approved the Moderna vaccine. The paper wrote that there were concerns that vaccination at U.S. bases would not be covered by Japan’s Preventive Vaccination Law because vaccines directly shipped to U.S. military facilities in Japan from the United States would be stored and transported under a system different from Japan's. The paper wrote that there was concern that Japanese workers receiving the vaccine might not be able to receive compensation if they experienced side effects. However, according to the source, the Ministry of Defense and other authorities have established a system that will make it possible to provide compensation in such cases.

Marine colonel apologizes for anxiety caused by helicopter landing on Tsuken Island (Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team