Afternoon Alert   -   Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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NHK gave top coverage to Prime Minister Kishida’s decision to release oil from the national strategic reserve. All commercial networks led with the stabbing of a middle school student by a classmate in Aichi this morning. The victim is reportedly in critical condition.


Japan officially announces plan for releasing strategic oil reserve

All broadcasters highlighted remarks made to the press this morning by Prime Minister Kishida on the GOJ’s decision to release oil from the national strategic reserve. “I am aware that President Biden has announced a plan to release petroleum,” he was quoted as saying. “As Japan has taken a concerted approach with the United States for ensuring stability in the global oil market, we have decided to sell some of the oil held under the national reserve program in coordination with the United States and in a manner that does not run counter to the existing Petroleum Stockpiling Law.” The premier reportedly pledged to take additional measures to alleviate the impact of soaring petroleum prices on farmers and fishermen and head off a further spike in prices of gasoline and other oil products with the ultimate goal of ensuring economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. scores small wins during trade czar’s Indo-Pacific tour (Nikkei Asia)

Japan to strengthen textile industry supply chains (Jiji Press)

Japan to seek ILO support in firms’ human rights risk management (Kyodo News)

Japan allocates $5.2bn to fund chip plants by TSMC and others (Nikkei Asia)

Japan to double EV subsidies to match U.S. and Europe (Nikkei Asia)

‘No special treatment’ for China’s CPTPP bid: Mexican trade official (Nikkei Asia)

Japanese chip inspectors combat flood of fakes amid shortage (Nikkei Asia)

Myanmar military conglomerate files to dissolve Kirin beer venture (Nikkei Asia)

Ikata nuclear reactor to resume operations on Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Entire nation should share in disposal of spent nuke fuel (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Subsidizing oil wholesalers not only recourse to curb gas prices (The Asahi Shimbun)

Japan Inc. revisits telework as COVID-19 cases fall (The Japan News)

56% of Japanese major companies to maintain telework policies, 28% to reduce, Yomiuri survey (The Japan News)


INTERVIEW: Ex-Japan envoy says human rights awareness low in China (Jiji Press)

Vietnam seeks stronger cooperation with Japan over COVID-19 (Jiji Press)

Vietnam, Tochigi Pref. to boost economic ties (NHK WORLD)

“Hokkaido is leader in Japan’s decarbonization efforts,” U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Greene (Hokkaido Shimbun)

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Greene interested in Tomakomai CCS project, visits Upopoy National Ainu Museum (Tomakomai Minpo)

China’s top U.S. hands have been sidelined in Xi’s bid for control (Nikkei Asia)

Roundup of newspaper editorials on Kishida administration and China (Sankei)

Editorial: Rash, imprudent moves hamper effort to formally end Korean War (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: China and ASEAN must set path to regional stability (Nikkei Asia)

Editorial: EU must remain united as Belarus uses desperate migrants as weapons (The Japan News)


Chinese frigates pass through Miyako, Tsushima Straits (Sankei)

Former NSS Secretary-General Kitamura: Economic security should be explicitly stated in national security strategy (Sankei)

Japan nears defense access deal with quasi-ally Australia next year (Nikkei Asia)

Concerns over China lead Japan to make record increase in HNS (Mainichi)

Japan ordered to pay damages for harassment at U.S. base (Jiji Press)

INTERVIEW: Japan public safety chief vows to secure cyberspace (Jiji Press)

Panasonic develops cyber security system for internet-connected cars (Kyodo News)


Nippon Ishin’s election success attributable to “middle-of-the-road” image: Hata Masaki (Asahi)

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

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

Kishida confirms cooperation with Aso, Motegi for stable govt (Jiji Press)

All CDP leader candidates seek halt to U.S. base relocation (Jiji Press)

CDPJ leadership contenders remain committed to opposition alliance (Kyodo News)

CDP election contenders all call for review of accord with JCP (The Asahi Shimbun)

LDP’s Nikai holds talks with Vietnamese prime minister (Jiji Press)

Japan government under pressure to amend fiscal soundness goal (Jiji Press)

Cartoon: No one can hear you (Asahi)


U.S. space station developer to gain financial boost from Mitsui (Nikkei Asia)

Commentary: Fundamental shift in business activities vital to Japan’s decarbonization (The Japan Times)

Japan to launch satellites to build observation network, eyeing detection of HGVs (The Japan News)

Editorial: JAXA needs new astronauts as Japan eyes 1st moon landing (The Japan News)

Editorial: Use Japan’s technology to help developing nations reduce emissions (The Japan News)


American man plans to sue Japanese gov’t over injuries inflicted by immigration staff (Tokyo Shimbun)

Japanese apparel firms halt use of Xinjiang cotton (NHK WORLD)

Concerns linger over Japan’s long-term detention of asylum-seekers (The Japan Times)

‘Eased’ entry curbs frustrate employers of returnees (The Asahi Shimbun)

Japan partial reopening prompts Asian airlines to add flights (Nikkei Asia)

Japan warship captain was concerned over “power gap” with U.S. (Jiji Press)

Infographics: Women in national public service (Nikkei)


Futenma-based aircraft fly into Naha Military Port

The Tuesday editions of Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the Okinawa prefectural government has filed a protest with the Okinawa Defense Bureau over the recent flight to Naha Military Port by a CH-53E helicopter and three MV-22 Ospreys belonging to MCAS Futenma on the grounds that a bilateral agreement states that the Naha facility should primarily be used as a "port and oil storage facility" as it is located close to Naha Airport and a residential area. The prefectural government reportedly insisted that the flights cannot be overlooked as they caused anxiety among citizens. The bureau reportedly said in reply that it does not take issue with the flights as the U.S. military has explained that they constituted “normal operations.”

In follow-up reports today, the papers wrote that the four Futenma aircraft were loaded onto the car carrier Green Lake at the military port yesterday for shipment to the United States, where they are scheduled to undergo maintenance.

U.S. Marine arrested for DUI in Nago (Okinawa Times)

U.S. military conducts suspension training over commercial land (Ryukyu Shimpo)

Chatan elects rookie mayor for first time in 16 years (Okinawa Times)

Kadena mayor says construction of new hangar “unacceptable” (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team