JAPAN MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Afternoon Alert   -   Thursday, December 30, 2021
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HEADLINES

Broadcasters led with the forecast for heavy snow mainly along the Sea of Japan coast from tomorrow through New Year's Day (NHK), the rearrest of a former care worker on suspicion of murdering two elderly people at a nursing home in Ibaraki (NTV), and the last trading day of the year at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TBS).

INTERNATIONAL

Editorial: Japan should partner with new U.S. Ambassador to deepen alliance (Nikkei)

Japan protests S. Korea military drill near Takeshima (Jiji Press)

Seoul blasts bid for Sado gold mine to go on heritage list (The Asahi Shimbun)

U.S. law on Uyghur forced labor puts Japanese firms in quandary (Nikkei)

SECURITY

Ministry deals Okinawa new blow on U.S. base issue (The Asahi Shimbun)

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

Commentary: Japan should prepare for “information warfare” among U.S., China, and Taiwan (Sankei)

11 hospitals in Japan hit by ransomware attacks since 2016 (The Japan News)

POLITICS

Prime minister’s schedule on Dec. 29, 2021 (Sankei)

Over 170 planning to run in Japan’s 2022 Upper House election (Jiji Press)

Political contributions decline in Japan amid pandemic (The Japan News)

Kishida asks for coronavirus precautions during holidays (Jiji Press)

Kishida’s omicron flip-flops raising concerns in Japan (Jiji Press)

Editorial: ‘Clean’ Komeito is gone; time for party to clean up its act (The Asahi Shimbun)

Editorial: Ex-Japan PM Abe still needs to explain spending on supporters’ parties (The Mainichi)

ECONOMY

Japanese firms rush to prepare “certificates of origin” (Nikkei)

Interview: Uniqlo won’t choose between U.S. and China, CEO says (Nikkei Asia)

Over 80 pct of TSE 1st-section firms to join new “Prime” market (Jiji Press)

SCIENCE

Gov’t to step up support for decarbonization efforts in Asia (Sankei)

Tokyo researchers work toward ‘dream’ COVID-19 vaccine that gives protection for life (The Japan Times)

SOCIETY

Japan govt recognizes 675 COVID-19 deaths at home (Jiji Press)

Omicron may account for 90% of new COVID-19 cases in Osaka by mid-January (The Japan Times)

Editorial: Japan must take thorough preparations to ensure oral COVID drug’s success (The Mainichi)

Bill to create emergency approval system for pharmaceuticals to be submitted to Diet (Sankei)

OKINAWA LOCAL PRESS

Chatan assembly adopts protest resolution against COVID-19 cluster at U.S. base

Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the Chatan Town Assembly adopted two protest resolutions on Monday, one against the COVID-19 cluster infection at a U.S. base in Okinawa and another against violations of Japan's Road Traffic Law by U.S. military personnel. According to the paper, the assembly criticized the situation in which U.S. military personnel are allowed to enter and exit Japan freely under the SOFA and demanded that the U.S. military close all of its bases in Okinawa, ban personnel from entering Japan from the United States, test personnel in Okinawa for COVID-19, and disclose the results. It also reportedly called on the U.S. military to severely punish those who violate the Road Traffic Law, to enforce strict discipline, and to strengthen the liberty policy for military personnel.

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