Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, October 22, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on an increase in Japan's consumer price index for the first time in 18 months last month due mainly to the rise in crude oil prices (NHK), the cold weather in the Kanto region today (NTV), restaurant chains' decisions to extend their business hours after Tokyo and Osaka lift their COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants next Monday (Fuji TV), the lifting of all restrictions on bars and restaurants in Kyoto and Hyogo today (TBS), and prosecutors' request that a former nurse who murdered three patients by injecting disinfectant into their intravenous drip bags be sentenced to death (TV Asahi).


JICA holds 196 billion yen in undelivered grant aid (Asahi)

Biden’s envoy pick vows to deepen ties with Japan (Jiji Press)

Commentary: What needs to change in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (The Japan Times)

Japan reportedly seeks revisions to U.N. climate report (Jiji Press)


Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for third consecutive day (Sankei)

Chinese and Russian vessels jointly pass through Tsugaru Strait in display of military cooperation (Sankei)

450 million cyberattacks hit Tokyo Games (Jiji Press)

US serviceman arrested in Tokyo for suspected possession, use of LSD (The Mainichi)


MIC to relax license requirements for conducting 6G tests (Nikkei)

The Quad and the changing trade order in Asia (Nikkei)

U.S. chipmaker Micron ‘in talks’ to expand in Japan and Taiwan (Nikkei Asia)

Japan’s digital banks emerge as regulatory easing gains momentum (Nikkei Asia)

New TSMC plant tests Japan’s ability to design ‘good’ state subsidies (Nikkei Asia)

Editorial: Utilize Taiwan chipmaker’s expansion in Japan as an opportunity to revitalize domestic industry share (The Japan News)

FOCUS: Weak yen morphs into new threat to Japan with surging energy costs (Kyodo News)

63% of executives say domestic economy has leveled off, Nikkei poll of 100 major Japanese companies (Nikkei)

Hokkaido town’s plan to host nuke waste on ballot in mayoral race (The Asahi Shimbun)


Prime minister’s schedule on Oct. 21, 2021 (Sankei)

Abe followers in Hosoda faction dissatisfied with PM Kishida’s leadership appointments (Sankei)

Big spending, ‘big government’ pushed by most candidates, Asahi-Todai survey of LH election candidates (The Asahi Shimbun)

LDP support rises for LGBT bill, dual surnames, Asahi-Todai survey of LH election candidates (The Asahi Shimbun)

“Seiron” column: New gov’t should present fundamental national strategy (Sankei)

Gov’t provides 7.9 billion yen in political subsidies (Yomiuri)

Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors (Yomiuri)

Roundup of newspaper editorials on dissolution of Lower House and general election (Sankei)

Editorial: Political parties need clear societal vision to lift lives of children in Japan (The Mainichi)


LDP may struggle to win single-party majority in general election, Yomiuri survey (The Japan News)

LDP faces tough battle in some constituencies, Yomiuri survey shows (The Japan News)

Who should lead the government? 46% pick LDP, 22% favor CDP, Asahi poll (The Asahi Shimbun)

Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun (Asahi)

LDP likely to lose seats but retain majority with Komeito in Japan election, Mainichi poll (The Mainichi)

21% of Japan independent voters favor main opposition for party pick, Mainichi poll (The Mainichi)


Professors, students call on Japan to issue visas (NHK WORLD)


Daiichi Sankyo to launch COVID-19 vaccine in Japan in 2022 (Kyodo News)

Over 370,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan due to COVID curbs (Nikkei Asia)

Japanese manufacturers draw up guidelines for hiring foreign interns (Nikkei)


USG unveils fresh regulations for PFAS

Okinawa Times reported from Washington on the Biden administration’s release on Monday of a new set of regulations for toxic chemicals, including the designation of PFAS, encompassing PFOS and PFOA, as a harmful agent under a federal law. The daily projected that even though the initiative is intended to address contamination problems in the United States, it is bound to have an impact on future probes and the disposal of foam extinguisher containing PFAS used at military bases abroad, including in Okinawa. According to the article, the designation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act will hold producers of the materials accountable for decontamination. The paper added that the Pentagon plans to draw up a report on the status of PFAS contamination at some 700 military installations and facilities in the United States by the end of 2023.

Girl seriously injured after being hit by car driven by U.S. military contractor (Okinawa Times)

Okinawa municipalities protest DUI involving U.S. service member (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team