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Jul 9 12 tweets 6 min read
CCTV's "news heavy" 7 AM news slot has half an hour of reports on pressing international topics such as how US military aid to Ukraine is fueling the flames of the fire, and then at 7:34 there is a three-minute segment on the assassination of Shinzo Abe, his life and death.
CCTV reporter Niu Lu in Nara watches the hearse carrying Abe start its journey to Tokyo
#abe #cctv #nara #tokyo
There is a brief standup in front of Nara police station where a police press conference is taking place
The police, after making a ritual bow, briefly discuss the suspect in detention who will be moved to jail on July 10
The police enter the residence of the suspect
CCTV then offers a brief summary of Abe's life.
He was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture...
He is the grandson of Kishi Nobusuke
He was first elected to parliament in 1993
and is shown here presenting his credentials to the Emperor with Prime Minister Koizumi looking on
He won several elections and became Japan's longest serving Prime Minister
The former Prime Minister stepped down in 2020

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Jul 10
CCTV FOLLIES: July 10 morning news
Japan gets three minutes of coverage at the top of the news...

but poor Abe Shinzo does not get so much as a mention.
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Jul 9
CCTV FOLLIES: July 9 The evening news 7PM Image
Xinwenlianbo news at 7:00 PM is the single most important news program in China.

It is said (at CCTV) that it is an integral part of daily life, an unmissable ritual for the Chinese people. Image
The anchors are crisp, professional and serious. Armed guards maintain security of the broadcast studio. Image
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Jul 9
The 11 AM news cycle oddly omits any mention of Japan, but the international coverage does include a long section on Ukraine, giving some voice to the Ukraine side. It doubles down on US for weapons dumping.

But something's up as the clock strikes 12
The July 9 noon news will lead off with a shocking story from Japan
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The leader has spoken.
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Jul 8
CCTV FOLLIES: July 9 early morning news
The 6 o'clock news cycle has NO news from Japan.

Instead, international news starts with Ukraine (really about Russia) leading with the usual Russian Defense Ministry footage
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Jun 2
Domestic Update: In China, everything's coming up roses.
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"America is adding oil to the flames..."
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