Afternoon Alert   -   Friday, December 10, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on a traffic accident involving more than 20 vehicles in Komaki, Aichi, this morning, which injured 11 people (NHK, Fuji TV), several suspicious deaths confirmed at a nursing home in Ibaraki, where one of the caregivers was arrested for killing an elderly person last year (NTV), fraudulent billings by a subsidiary of major travel agency HIS involving the GOJ's Go To Travel campaign (TBS), and more than 10,000 rooms secured by the Health Ministry to accommodate people confirmed to have been in close contact with people who test positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 at airports (TV Asahi).


Foreign Minister Hayashi to visit UK for G7 meeting

NHK reported that MOFA announced today that Foreign Minister Hayashi will visit the UK from Dec. 10 to 13 to attend the G7 Foreign Ministerial Meeting. The network said this will be the first overseas trip for Hayashi since he assumed his current post. According to the network, Foreign Minister Hayashi is hoping to meet separately with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to confirm the strengthening of the bilateral relationship.

U.S., Japan hold joint memorial ceremony at Pearl Harbor

NHK, TBS, and Fuji TV reported at noon that the United States and Japan hosted a joint ceremony at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to honor the victims of the Japanese attack there 80 years ago. NHK said about 60 people, including officials of the Consulate General of Japan and the U.S. military, as well as Japanese-American residents of the state, attended the ceremony on Thursday. The networks said Consul General Aoki reportedly expressed hope that Pearl Harbor will be remembered as a symbol of reconciliation and friendship.

US launches project to promote Asian Americans (NHK WORLD)

As G-7 snubs Beijing Olympics, Japan fears being left in the cold (Nikkei Asia)

Kishida says no plans to review Japan’s “comfort women” apology (Kyodo News)

Myanmar shadow gov’t seeks help from Japan lawmakers for recognition (Kyodo News)

Commentary: U.S.-China relations are no laughing matter (Nikkei Asia)

What Japan and the U.S. can learn from Pearl Harbor: JIIA President Sasae (Nikkei)

Editorial: Myanmar’s kangaroo court targets both Suu Kyi and democracy itself (The Japan News)

Environment ministers of Japan, China, South Korea hold online meeting (Yomiuri)

Commentary: Will China overtake the West or has it started to decline? (Nikkei Asia)

Cartoon: People who deliberately make simple things complicated (Sankei)


New research institute in Taiwan to promote Japan-Taiwan cooperation (Sankei)

Japan ruling parties draft FY 2022 tax reform package (Jiji Press)

Gov’t plans to reduce drug prices by approximately 150 billion yen in FY 2022 (Nikkei)

Automakers hit limits of ‘just-in-time’ supply chain management (Nikkei Asia)

Japan eyes 70-b.-yen aid to airlines in FY 2022 (Jiji Press)


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

Commentary: Japan must take a multifaceted approach to its economic security (The Japan Times)

Computer glitch causes ASDF jet’s emergency landing (Jiji Press)

UK carrier Queen Elizabeth wraps up 7-month Indo-Pacific tour (Nikkei Asia)

Japan examines ‘correct amount of fear’ of China’s military (Yomiuri digital)


Prime minister’s schedule on December 9, 2021 (Sankei)

Gist of Prime Minister Kishida’s responses to interpellations at Lower House plenary session, Dec. 9, 2021 (Yomiuri)

Japan lawmakers move forward with adoption of human rights resolution against China (Sankei)

LDP group opposes city ordinance on foreigners’ voting rights (Jiji Press)

Gotoda and Ueda join Motegi faction (Yomiuri)

Izumi starts work to promote ‘policy-making’ image for CDP (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: An uninspiring start as Kishida comes under opposition glare (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Japan’s main opposition CDP has turned over new leaf, but it needs vision (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Local entities should have say in cash-coupon relief handouts (The Asahi Shimbun)


Japan’s emissions hit record low in FY 2020 (Jiji Press)

Japan to skip carbon tax in FY 2022 reform package (Jiji Press)

Govt prepares guidelines for on-orbit satellite servicing (The Japan News)

Japan to boost aid for medical systems for infectious diseases (Jiji Press)

Power drones: Toyota supplier tries novel fix to disaster outages (Nikkei Asia)


Japanese scientists warn vaccines may be less effective against the omicron variant (The Japan Times)

Employees reporting power harassment increased from five years ago: Keidanren survey (Yomiuri)

Editorial: Do more to promote use of workers’ compensation insurance for coronavirus cases (The Japan News)

First Japanese POW taken prisoner at Pearl Harbor honored (The Asahi Shimbun)


U.S. House approves NDAA for FY 2022 that includes provision on PFAS

Okinawa Times front-paged a report from Washington saying that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual legislation that sets the policy agenda and funding for the Department of Defense. The legislation includes provisions for rules on the disposal of foam fire extinguisher containing PFAS. The paper wrote that the provisions request the department to suspend the use of incineration to dispose of PFAS waste until the Environmental Protection Agency announces its rules on incineration of foam fire extinguisher. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate soon and then signed into law by President Biden. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D - RI) reportedly told the paper on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. military will respect the provisions to protect the health of its service members and their families regardless of where they are stationed. The paper interpreted this remark to mean that the senator believes the provisions apply to U.S. military facilities overseas, including those in Okinawa, in principle.

Nago mayor and rival candidate exchange views on Futenma relocation (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team