Afternoon Alert   -   Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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All networks led with reports that an official from the Imperial Household Agency filed the marriage registration of Princess Mako and her former college classmate Komuro Kei with a municipal government this morning. They will hold a press conference this afternoon.


Secretary of Navy vows to strengthen alliance with Japan, other nations in Indo-Pacific

NHK reported online on Monday evening that concerning the recent passage by a flotilla of ten Chinese and Russian navy vessels through the Tsugaru and Osumi Straits, visiting Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro expressed a strong sense of urgency during a conference call on Monday, saying that China and Russia are threatening the nations in the region by actions that are not based on the rule of law. The Secretary also reportedly said the U.S. will deter such actions and remind China and Russia that an international order based on the rule of law is the key to regional economic stability. He also reportedly stressed that the U.S. will strengthen its alliance relationships with Japan and other nations in the Indo-Pacific and enhance deterrence through Freedom of Navigation Operations. The Secretary also reportedly said the Biden administration is reviewing the global posture of U.S. forces and will announce the new posture by early next year.

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

U.S. sailor arrested for striking and injuring security guard in Yokosuka (Akahata)

5 Russian navy ships enter Sea of Japan after circling around Japan (Kyodo News)

U.S. expectations for Japan’s security in the Kishida administration (Sankei)

U.S. Secretary of Navy warns against China, Russia (Jiji Press)

U.S. chides China, Russia after ships traverse Japan chokepoints (Nikkei Asia)


Editorial: Japan should also cooperate in defending Taiwan (Sankei)

Japan’s foreign minister hopes for improved ties with China (Kyodo News)

Biden ‘committed’ to avoiding China confrontation: Kurt Campbell (Nikkei Asia)


Public comments result in restoration of sentence saying “gov’t will address nuclear accident” in new energy plan (Asahi)

From Japan to U.S., thieves grab car parts worth more than gold (Nikkei Asia)

Tokyo to make sustainable finance core in strategy as global hub (Nikkei Asia)


Prime minister’s schedule on Oct. 25, 2021 (Sankei)

Rapid increase in PM Kishida’s SNS followers (Sankei)

PM Kishida stresses in monthly magazine that he will stand his ground against China (Sankei)

Editorial: Stop turning blind eye to Japan’s accelerating depopulation in general election (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Policy on first nuke ban treaty meeting a key election issue (The Asahi Shimbun)

Shizuoka by-election boosts opposition’s hopes ahead of Lower House poll (The Japan Times)

Opposition rallies to upset LDP in Shizuoka by-election (The Asahi Shimbun)

Shizuoka By-Election Highlights Mistrust in LDP-Led Coalition (Jiji Press)


Editorial: Compensate for weakness of renewable energy to realize decarbonization (The Japan News)


KM Biologics eyeing practical use of COVID-19 vaccine in 2022 (Jiji Press)

Japan’s youth calls for climate action (Asahi)

Tough penalties for harassing whistleblowers (The Japan News)


Total of 61% say they will definitely vote or have voted early in general election, NHK public opinion poll (NHK digital)

Political party support rates, NHK public opinion poll (NHK digital)


Not one but two Futenma helicopters landed on remote island in Okinawa last week

Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the disclosure by the Okinawa Defense Bureau that when a Futenma-based CH-53E made an emergency landing on Aguni Island on the evening of Oct. 20, another helicopter landed there as well. The daily quoted a bureau spokesperson as saying: “We are aware that the additional helicopter took off ahead of the one that was experiencing the problem. However, we don’t know when it departed.” According to the bureau's initial explanation, a single helicopter landed at an unattended airport after encountering a problem with its flight control system. The paper said a separate helicopter was dispatched to Aguni to repair the grounded one, which departed for the Futenma base the following day. According to a Futenma spokesperson, the helicopter that experienced the problem was engaged in refueling training before it landed. “After detecting a sign that warranted attention, the aircraft made a precautionary landing out of concern for those onboard even though it could have continued to fly,” the official added.

U.S. airman arrested for DUI in Naha (Ryukyu Shimpo)

Self-declared civilian employee of U.S. military arrested for pickpocketing (Ryukyu Shimpo)

Okinawa allocated 7.2 billion yen in base subsidies (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team