NHK gave top play to a report that a group of researchers found that residences and buildings built on embankments in Kumamoto Prefecture suffered severe damage from the earthquakes. NTV led with a report that renowned stage director Yukio Ninagawa died at the age of 80 on Thursday. TV Asahi reported on a press conference by Nissan CEO Ghosn on Thursday, during which he explained his decision to purchase a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. TBS reported that Tokyo Governor Masuzoe told reporters on Thursday that he has ordered an investigation of the political funds scandal in which he is allegedly involved. Fuji-TV reported on his live appearance on BS-Fuji’s “Prime News” on Thursday, during which he responded to most questions by saying he is “carefully examining” the allegations. Most national dailies gave top play to reports on the alliance agreement between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors.