Afternoon Alert   -   Monday, May 2, 2022
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All broadcasters led with reports that the Japan Coast Guard searched today the office of the operator of a tour boat that sank off Hokkaido with 26 people aboard more than a week ago on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death.


PM Kishida likely to send FM Hayashi to ROK president’s inauguration

NHK reported at noon that Prime Minister Kishida probably will not attend the inauguration ceremony of the new ROK president slated for May 10 and will send a member of his cabinet instead. The network said coordination is underway for the premier to send Foreign Minister Hayashi. The network said that by not attending the ceremony himself, Kishida is aiming to make clear Japan's position that pending issues such as the former requisitioned workers need to be resolved before the strained bilateral relations can be improved and also to demonstrate Japan's expectations for the new ROK government by sending a key member of the cabinet.

Japan requests U.S. to clarify operational guidelines for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Japan-financed railway project in Myanmar suspended due to explosions (Kanagawa Shimbun)

Kishida, Joko affirm intolerance of sovereignty infringement (Jiji Press)

Japan, Vietnam oppose use of nuclear weapons (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Kishida must deepen cooperation to safeguard international order (The Japan News)

Editorial: G7 nations should take lead in putting more pressure on Russia (The Japan News)

Editorial: Speed up measures to keep islands from becoming military bases (The Japan News)

FOCUS: Japan aid for Indian islets carries China “strategic overtone” (Kyodo News)

Work to repair North Korean nuclear test site ‘well underway,’ analysts say (The Japan Times)

Commentary: War in Ukraine shatters Japan’s pacifist dreams (The Japan Times)

Commentary: Russian invasion may sway China against a forceful approach to Taiwan (The Japan Times)

Opinion: AUKUS pact a misbegotten scarecrow that Japan should avoid (Nikkei Asia)

Editorial: World must not usher in a dark age with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (The Mainichi)

Editorial: UN must step up to mediate Russian-Ukraine ceasefire after slow response (The Mainichi)

Editorial: Learning the wrong nuclear lessons from the Ukraine war (The Japan Times)

Insights into the World: Learn multiple lessons from Ukraine ordeal (The Japan News)

Japan, Britain agree to promote open 5G communications networks (The Japan News)

Editorial: Toughen sanctions on Russia, expel its ambassador from Japan (Japan Forward)

Japan’s Red Cross to provide medical support in Ukraine (NHK WORLD)

Japanese universities offering support to Ukrainian students (The Japan News)

Cartoon: Guterres throws up his hands (Mainichi)


Upper house panel seeks to ease Okinawa’s burden of hosting U.S. bases (The Japan News)


ENEOS to withdraw from gas exploration project in Myanmar

NHK reported at noon that JX Myanmar Oil Development, a Japanese consortium funded by the Japanese government, a subsidiary of ENEOS Holdings, and Mitsubishi Corp., has announced that it will withdraw from a gas exploration project in Myanmar (Burma). The network said JX Myanmar Oil Development holds a stake of over 19% in Myanmar’s Yetagun gas field, adding that the project has been criticized by human rights organizations and other groups for becoming a source of income for the Myanmar military since it took control of the nation after the coup in February 2021. The Japanese consortium reportedly decided it would also be difficult to continue the project due to the fact that production has recently dropped to less than one-tenth of the peak level and announced that it will begin the process of withdrawal on May 2.

Japan mulls programs to develop talent in semiconductors, batteries (Kyodo News)

Japan auto parts makers diversify supply chain to North Africa (Nikkei Asia)

No safety flaws found so far in Fukushima water discharge plan: IAEA (Kyodo News)

NGK Insulators, Abashiri City set up solar power company in Hokkaido (NIKKEI Business Daily)

Over 40% of Japanese firms to raise prices within a year: survey (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Japan must hasten discussions on strengthening regulations (The Japan News)


Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 16th consecutive day (Sankei digital)

Japan eyes classifying defense guidelines amid China, Russia threats (Kyodo News)

Editorial: Japan’s aid to Ukraine cannot lead to broader arms exports (The Asahi Shimbun)

Okinawa ordered to allow design changes for Henoko project (The Asahi Shimbun)


Prime minister’s schedule on April 28, 2022 (Sankei)

Prime minister’s schedule on April 29, 2022 (Sankei)

Prime minister’s schedule on April 30, 2022 (Sankei)

Prime minister’s schedule on May 1, 2022 (Sankei)

Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives (Yomiuri)

LDP Youth Division to visit Taiwan on May 3-7 (Sankei)

Interview with Economic Minister Hagiuda: Japan will not withdraw from Sakhalin energy projects (Sankei)

Taiwan statement meant to signal U.S. commitment to Asia: Suga (Kyodo News)

299 people preparing to run in Japan Upper House election (Jiji Press)

Kishida remains active in his LDP faction (The Japan News)

Can Japanese subway system work as a bomb shelter in time of war? (Nikkei Asia)

Japan to spend 1.5-t.-yen reserve funds on emergency package (Jiji Press)

Ishin, DPFP to scrap deal to back each other’s candidates (Jiji Press)

Cartoon: Protection from invading price hikes (Tokyo Shimbun)


Japan still divided on revising war-renouncing Constitution, Kyodo News mail-in survey (Kyodo News)

71% say same-sex marriage should be legalized, Kyodo News mail-in survey (Tokyo Shimbun)


More local gov’ts to expand plastic waste collection (Jiji Press)

Tokyo governor: Environmental policy is growth strategy (The Japan News)


Ex-U.S. envoy John Roos among Japan’s spring decorations recipients (Kyodo News)

Older brother of former abductee Chimura Fukie dies at 93 (Yomiuri)

73% of Japanese female researchers find it difficult to balance work and family: Tokyo Shimbun survey (Tokyo Shimbun)

FOCUS: Japan to require listed firms to disclose female manager ratio (Kyodo News)

Gender gap closes in medical school entrance exams (The Japan News)

Japanese government calls for museums to appoint female directors (The Japan News)

Father of Japanese 9/11 victim releases book on U.S. report (Jiji Press)

FOCUS: Descendants of wartime Korean workers remember their past in new museum (Kyodo News)


Ruling parties shocked by Naha mayor’s decision not to run for reelection

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the finding that incumbent Naha Mayor Shiroma Mikiko, 71, has decided not to run in the mayoral election in November, saying that the decision has sent shockwaves through the CDPJ, JCP, and other ruling parties in the Naha City Assembly that support the mayor. Ryukyu Shimpo said the decision came as a surprise to the "All Okinawa" forces who were hoping Shiroma would serve a third term, forcing them to swiftly select a new candidate. Meanwhile, the paper wrote that the LDP views the retirement of Shiroma, who had clinched overwhelming victories in the past two elections, as a "tailwind."

LDP's SG Motegi delivers remarks in Okinawa (Ryukyu Shimpo)

Okinawa Marine arrested for DUI (Ryukyu Shimpo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team