Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, October 25, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the results of the two by-elections on Sunday (NHK, NTV), the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, and Osaka today (TBS, TV Asahi), and Princess Mako's meeting with the Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko this morning to inform them of her marriage plans (Fuji TV).


U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Greene speaks of U.S. expectations of Japan in human rights diplomacy with China (Nishinippon Shimbun)

Putin to aim for peace treaty regardless of Japan’s PM changes (Jiji Press)

Focus: China intrigued by role of Japan’s new minister for economic security (Kyodo News)

Kishida to upgrade U.S. alliance with focus on ‘free’ Indo-Pacific (Nikkei Asia)

Editorial: New initiative only way to rebuild Japan’s diplomacy toward Koreas (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Are China’s iron-fisted approaches causing its economic slowdown? (The Japan News)

Kishida to upgrade U.S. alliance with focus on ‘free’ Indo-Pacific (Nikkei Asia)


Poll: LDP may not be able to secure majority in Lower House

Fuji TV reported at noon on the results of its opinion poll conducted on Oct. 23 and 24 ahead of the upcoming general election, which showed that the LDP is certain to lose seats and may not be able to maintain a majority in the Lower House on its own. The network said the LDP, which had 276 seats in the 465-seat Lower House before the dissolution, is facing tight races in major metropolitan areas, especially Osaka. Although the ruling party appears likely to maintain or even increase its proportional representation seats, it could lose about 40 seats in single-seat constituencies, making it uncertain whether it will be able to secure a majority of seats on its own. The network also said the Komeito party might not be able to secure its pre-election level of 29 seats given the tough races in some single-seat constituencies as well as the proportional representation segment. The network said that although the LDP and Komeito are likely to secure a combined majority of seats in the lower chamber, they may not be able to reach an absolute stable majority of 261 seats. Meanwhile, the network said the CDPJ, which had 110 seats before the dissolution, may be able to increase its seats by about 30.

Prime minister’s schedule on Oct. 22, 2021 (Sankei)

Prime minister’s schedule on Oct. 23, 2021 (Sankei)

Prime minister’s schedule on Oct. 24, 2021 (Sankei)

Main events scheduled for Oct. 25-31 (Kyodo News)

LDP lawmakers cautious over Kishida’s Beijing games attendance (Jiji Press)

Editorial: By-election defeat deals blow to Kishida in 1st test as prime minister (The Japan News)

Editorial: Clear vision for new gov’t needed from Japan opposition forces’ united front (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Japan parties’ commitment to fielding female election candidates in doubt (The Mainichi)

Former Japanese farm minister, veteran lawmaker Kano dies at 79 (Kyodo News)

Is Taro Kono politically dead? (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Awareness of each vote’s importance vital to preventing election errors (The Japan News)


Nearly 30% to vote for LDP in Japan’s general election, Kyodo News second trend survey (Kyodo News)

Kyodo News second trend survey from Tokyo Shimbun (Tokyo Shimbun)

LDP close to winning majority in Japanese election (Jiji Press)


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

Japan defense minister warns of Crimea-style invasion of Taiwan (Nikkei Asia)

Japan doubling defense spending ‘a good idea’: Armitage (Nikkei Asia)


Osaka prof: Nuclear energy unlikely to be a focus of LH election (Asahi)

Infographic: Gov’t targets for Japan’s energy mix in FY2030 (Tokyo Shimbun)

LNG stockpiling capacity limitations give rise to concern over winter shortage (Nikkei)

Japan foreign minister calls for U.S. to join CPTPP (Nikkei Asia)

China moves to ease rules on government procurement for CPTPP (Nikkei Asia)

Japan debates its economic future after Abenomics (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Voters should keep Fukushima disaster in mind on energy policy (The Asahi Shimbun)

Container shipping crisis bites Japan’s chicken and wine lovers (Nikkei Asia)

Supply chain disruptions hit Japanese automakers (NHK WORLD)


Japan institute to receive int’l scholars as exception to COVID rules (Kyodo News)

192 groups call on gov’t to retract decision to change textbook descriptions (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Online exchange emerges as a new option for studying abroad (Asahi)


Protesters in Japan call for protection of Hindus in Bangladesh (Kyodo News)

Tsunami-hit Fukushima school opens as memorial to 2011 tragedy (Kyodo News)

Ten Chinese arrested or referred to prosecutors for disrupting rallies (Sankei)

Editorial: Secure medical workers ahead of possible 6th wave of infections (The Japan News)

Finger vein tech to verify COVID-19 vaccination records (Jiji Press)

Cartoon: Guess who’s dropping by the pub? (Tokyo Shimbun)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team