Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, October 29, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the start of work to remove the large amount of pumice washed ashore in Okinawa apparently due to the eruption of an underwater volcano (NHK, NTV) and the Los Angeles Angels' Ohtani Shohei becoming the first Japanese to be voted Player of the Year by the Major League Baseball Players Association (TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi).


Editorial: Don’t let China eliminate Taiwan from UN system (Sankei)

China Coast Guard to be given authority to send criminal cases to prosecutors (Yomiuri)

S. Korean scholar says his country should resolve requisition workers issue by itself (Sankei)

Kim Yo Jong now in charge of North Korea’s diplomacy and security (Nikkei Asia)

Former MOFA Legal Bureau chief: Japan must coexist with China while enhancing deterrence (Asahi)

China’s ambassador to Japan opens Twitter account (NHK WORLD)

France declines to back AUKUS deal, wary of Indo-Pacific tensions (Kyodo News)


Sony confirms possible TSMC partnership on Japan chip factory (Nikkei Asia)

Kishida’s panel on new capitalism launches with a mere change of name (Nikkei Asia)

Toyota harnesses quantum computers to develop battery materials (Nikkei Asia)

BOJ cuts FY 2021 domestic growth forecast (Jiji Press)

8 Japanese automakers’ domestic output halved in Sept. (Jiji Press)


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

Gov’t to create system to check from overseas whether air passengers are blacklisted (Nikkei)

Editorial: Taiwan’s clear determination to defend itself can serve as deterrent against China (The Japan News)


Prime minister’s schedule on Oct. 28, 2021 (Sankei)

Races tight in 40% of Japan’s single-seat districts, Nikkei poll (Nikkei Asia)

Tepid turnout: Voter apathy looms over yet another election in Japan (The Japan Times)

Survey: Candidates split over defense capabilities (The Japan News)

Survey: Kishida rated more favorably among election candidates than Abe in 2017 (The Japan News)

CDPJ, JCP take different approaches to non-cabinet cooperation (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Issue of separate surnames tests Japan’s tolerance of diversity (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Japan’s review of top court justices a chance to evaluate judiciary (The Mainichi)


Educators worry Japan’s entry ban on foreign students will hold back the next generation of Japanophiles (The Japan News)

Vox Populi: It is time for Japan to reopen its doors to foreign students (The Asahi Shimbun)


Nissan’s internal investigation: Act of self-cleansing or plot? (Nikkei)

Global COVID vaccine coordinator calls unequal supply ‘a tragedy’ (Nikkei Asia)

Japan’s top COVID-19 adviser urges cautious pace in opening border (Nikkei Asia)

Editorial: Parties need to come up with coronavirus control measures that can produce concrete effects (The Japan News)


Mayor lodges protest with defense ministry bureau over U.S. military helicopter landing

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the mayor of Aguni Village delivered a letter of protest and opinion paper to the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa defense bureau on Thursday over the emergency landing made by a Futenma-based CH-53E helicopter on Aguni Island on Oct. 20. The mayor demanded that the cause of the incident be determined and that such incidents be prevented from occurring in the future. The defense bureau chief told the local leader that he has called on the U.S. military to thoroughly implement aircraft maintenance and safety measures. The Aguni assembly chief submitted a similar opinion paper.

GSDF, ASDF conduct joint exercises in U.S. (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team