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Broadcasters led with reports on PM Kishida's plan to deliver a speech before the review conference on the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York on Monday evening Japan time (NHK) and the scorching heat across Japan today (NTV, TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi).


Japan protests ROK survey in waters around Takeshima

NHK reported this afternoon that Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara disclosed to the press today that three South Korean survey vessels were spotted sailing in Japan's territorial waters or EEZ near Takeshima on July 24 and beyond. Kihara reportedly said: "Based on historical facts and international law, Takeshima is clearly an inherent part of Japanese territory. We immediately called on the South Korean side through a diplomatic channel to provide an explanation of the presence of the survey vessels and lodged a strong protest explaining that survey activities within Japan's territorial waters or EEZ are unacceptable."

Japan calls for quick release of Japanese man detained in Myanmar

NHK reported that concerning the detention of a Japanese man by the security agency in Myanmar on July 30, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara told the press today: "We have confirmed that a Japanese man in his 20s who was filming demonstrations in Yangon was taken into custody by the local police on Saturday... The Japanese Embassy in Myanmar is calling on the authorities to swiftly release the man. We will continue to collect information and call for his early release. We also plan to provide as much support as possible to his family from the viewpoint of protecting Japanese nationals overseas and continue to take appropriate measures."

President Putin pledges to “use all possible means” to defend waters around Northern Territories

All networks reported at noon that President Putin signed an executive order approving a new Maritime Doctrine on Sunday during a celebration in St. Petersburg to mark Russia's Navy Day. He said in a speech that the waters around Russian-held islands, including the Northern Territories, are "strategically important" and pledged to use "all possible means" to defend these waters. The Russian leader reportedly added that vital strategic areas include the Black Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, and waters around the Kuril Islands, including the Northern Territories. According to the network, the new doctrine divides the areas of Russia's interest in the world's oceans into three categories --"vitally important," "important," and "others." It reportedly categorizes the waters around the Northern Territories as "important." According to the network, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara told the press today: "We are closely following the moves of the Russian military near Japan, including the Northern Territories. We collect information and present our positions to the Russian side whenever necessary. The government will continue to gather relevant information and take appropriate measures."

How Japan should engage with IPEF (Wedge)

Satellite photos show China’s new nuclear test site in Xinjiang (Nikkei Asia)

Hyogo Medical University closes Confucius Institute on campus (Sankei)

Japan protests S. Korean military drills near Takeshima (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Biden, Xi must work to avoid conflict over Taiwan (The Japan News)

Japan to build int’l opposition to bids to change status quo by force (Kyodo News)

Lublin Triangle envoys appeal for Ukraine’s survival (The Japan News)

With Abe gone, security row could further deepen Tokyo-Seoul rift (Nikkei Asia)

After 100 years, Japan-U.K. ties closer than ever (The Japan News)

Editorial: Execution of Myanmar democracy activists reveals junta’s true colors (The Japan Times)


Editorial: Economic 2+2 should serve as a foundation to promote international cooperation (Sankei)

Editorial: Continue to expand cooperation to enhance economic security (The Japan News)

At economic 2+2, discussions on energy security did not deepen (Sankei)

Japan-U.S. to boost economic cooperation, eyeing China (The Japan News)

Japan’s Sakhalin-2 LNG buyers told to pay bank inside Russia (Nikkei Asian Review)

METI drafts plan for large-scale nuclear power plant to start operations in 2030s (Mainichi)

Japan sets generous special quota under budget guidelines (Jiji Press)

Japan keeps primary budget outlook unchanged (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Ishin has duty to respond to local concerns about casino project (The Asahi Shimbun)

Itochu ties up with Shell to bring green tech to Brazil mines (Nikkei Asia)

Exclusive: Japan to help municipalities share digital experts (Jiji Press)


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

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

Prime minister’s schedule on July 31, 2022 (Sankei)

Main events scheduled for Month Aug. 1-7 (Kyodo News)

Interview with PM Kishida: Serious work needed for a ‘world without nuclear arms’ (Japan Forward)

Cartoon: PM flees (Akahata)


Kishida Cabinet support sags to record low 51% after Abe funeral plan, Kyodo News poll (Kyodo News)

Opposition to state funeral for Abe rattles Kishida’s approval rating (Tokyo Shimbun)

Kishida’s approval rating slips as COVID surges, Nikkei poll (Nikkei Asia)

Seventh wave of COVID brings Kishida approval to its second lowest level ever, Nikkei poll (Nikkei)

70% support use of nuclear power this winter, Nikkei poll (Nikkei)

47% say they are opposed to state funeral for Abe, Nikkei poll (Nikkei)


Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 107th consecutive day (Sankei)

4 China gov’t ships enter Japanese waters around Senkakus (Jiji Press)

Chinese frigate stays near Senkakus for about a week: gov’t sources (Tokyo Shimbun)

Chinese navy survey ship sails into the Sea of Japan (Yomiuri)


Japan OKs smallpox vaccine to prevent monkeypox (Jiji Press)

Editorial: Information crucial in monkeypox outbreak as Japan confirms cases (The Mainichi)


Japan to conduct full-scale review into foreign trainee program (Kyodo News)

Japan average life expectancy marks 1st drop in 10 years (Jiji Press)

Japan shifts to ‘living with coronavirus’ strategy (The Japan News)

Digital tech rushes forward / Battle rages over transparency in social media (The Japan News)

Survey of A-bomb survivors finds most think possibility of N-bomb usage has increased (The Japan News)

Flag of fallen soldier back to home after 80 years (The Japan News)

Cartoon: With apologies to Charlie Chaplin (Tokyo Shimbun)


Mayor requests withdrawal of plan to build corrosion control hangar at Kadena AB

Okinawa Times wrote on Saturday that concerning the U.S. Air Force’s plan to build a corrosion control hangar at Kadena AB in an area close to a civilian residential area, Kadena Mayor Toyama submitted on Friday to Col. Ramos, the commander of the 18th Mission Support Group, a written request calling for the withdrawal of the plan. The mayor reportedly presented his town’s own proposal to construct the facility far from the residential area. The mayor told reporters after his meeting with Col. Ramos that although the Air Force officer listened to the mayor’s request, she did not comment in response.

Police determine object found at private house near Camp Hansen is part of bullet (Okinawa Times)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Media Analysis and Translation Team