Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, November 22, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno's announcement this morning that the Los Angeles Angels' Ohtani Shohei declined a People's Honor Award (NTV, Fuji TV), the finding that salaries for the month of October were paid in full to state-funded secretaries of freshman lawmakers who were elected in the Oct. 31 Lower House election even though some of them only worked for one day (TBS), and the forecast for inclement weather across Japan (NHK, TV Asahi).


Former U.S. ambassador urges Japanese officials to skip Beijing Olympics (Nikkei Asia)

Commentary: Japan’s media fail to agree on weight of Biden-Xi summit (The Japan Times)

Commentary: A better CPTPP would include both the U.S. and China (The Japan Times)

Japan’s Kishida, EU Council chief Michel likely to meet on Nov. 29 (Kyodo News)

India and Vietnam will define the future of Asia: Kurt Campbell (Nikkei Asia)

Nippon Foundation chairman Sasakawa meets NLD members in Myanmar (Kyodo News)

Few North Korean boats drifting to Japan amid pandemic (The Japan News)


Editorial: ¥55 tril. stimulus package must not end up as ineffective handouts (The Japan News)

Focus: Kishida Puts More Weight on Economy in COVID-19 Fight (Jiji Press)

MHLW council starts discussing emergency drug approval system (Nikkei)

Gov’t to conduct research on cancer drug development at planned international hub in Fukushima (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Boosted by decarbonization, France returns to N-power policy (The Japan News)

Deflation generation: Japan’s budget-minded consumers keep price hikes in check (The Japan Times)


Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 34th consecutive day (Sankei)

Kishida administration launches economic security council (Jiji Press)

Economic security law must define stance vis-à-vis China, meet legislative requirements (Asahi)

Japan to screen defense contractors for data security, China risks (Nikkei Asia)

Tensions with China bring anti-ship missile development into spotlight (The Japan News)


Interview: Kishida hints at fiscal soundness target review (Jiji Press)

Prime minister’s schedule on Nov. 19, 2021 (Sankei)

Prime minister’s schedule on Nov. 20, 2021 (Sankei)

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

Main events scheduled for Nov. 22-28 (Kyodo News)

Editorial: CDPJ leadership candidates should debate measures to rebuild party (The Japan News)

Editorial: CDP leadership election offers chance to rebuild tattered party (The Asahi Shimbun)

CDP contestants seek to unify candidates in Upper House poll (Jiji Press)

Kingmaker Abe behind push for Japan’s supersize stimulus (Nikkei Asia)

Interview: LDP tax chief aims for sustainable wage hikes (Jiji Press)

LDP’s tax reform chief vows no carbon tax for next fiscal year (The Asahi Shimbun)

Japan LDP ramping up constitutional revision efforts (Jiji Press)

Overworked bureaucrats call for halt to writing speeches (The Asahi Shimbun)

Cartoon: Who can rebuild the CDPJ? (Asahi)


Japan, the EU and U.S. race to replace the lithium-ion battery (Nikkei Asia)

Editorial: COP26 makes progress, lets coal and nuclear power play a role (Japan Forward)

Editorial: COP26 agreement falls short of lofty expectations (The Japan Times)

Japan to accept applications for new astronauts (Jiji Press)

Supercomputer Fugaku wins prize for COVID-19 research (The Asahi Shimbun)


Diet members’ league for supporting Southern Mongolia to adopt anti-China resolution at ordinary Diet session (Sankei)

Japan may grant Afghan evacuees longer stay (NHK WORLD)

Foreign workers with specified skills up 31.5 pct in Japan (Jiji Press)

Japan Inc. rushes to hire overseas talent as border reopens (Nikkei Asia)

Survey: Half of major Japanese companies have neither female nor foreign board members (Nikkei)

Japan to delay launch of children’s agency to FY2023 or later (Kyodo News)

Fukushima port damaged in 2011 disaster fully restored (Jiji Press)

Editorial: While easing restrictions, take effective measures to bring back normality (The Japan News)

Go To Travel set to return as Japan seeks to boost economy and rescue battered sector (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Devise ways to expand overseas voting system (The Japan News)

The chef, the bartender, the sake brewer and the entrepreneur (Nikkei Asia)

Cartoon: What CDPJ leadership race?! (Mainichi)


Three MV-22 Ospreys arrive at Naha military port without prior notification

Saturday’s Ryukyu Shimpo led with a report saying three Futenma-based MV-22 Ospreys arrived at Naha Military Port on Friday. The paper wrote that the U.S. military did not notify either the prefectural government or the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau ahead of the landing. Okinawa Governor Tamaki and Naha Mayor Shiroma both released statements on Thursday expressing strong displeasure over the aircraft’s landing at the port. According to the Marines, the three Ospreys are expected to be shipped from the port to the U.S. mainland for maintenance. The paper also wrote that the Marines compiled an environmental review in 2012 ahead of the Ospreys’ deployment in Okinawa and that Naha Military Port was not among the 69 locations designated for use by them. Okinawa Times ran a similar report on its front page, quoting Governor Tamaki as saying the aircraft’s landing at the port, which is located near downtown Naha, without prior notification caused anxiety among residents.

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team