TV-Asahi gave substantial top play to a report that a person connected to the U.S. military was questioned over his possible involvement in the disappearance of a woman in Uruma, Okinawa. NHK and NTV gave top play to reports that the operation of portions of Tobu Tojo Line was temporarily suspended after a train derailed in Itabashi, Tokyo, on Wednesday. TBS led with a report on a political funds scandal involving Tokyo Governor Masuzoe. Fuji-TV reported that the Japanese national women’s volleyball team defeated Thailand in the final qualifier for the Rio Olympics.
Top items in Thursday morning’s national papers included manipulation of fuel consumption data by Suzuki Motors; Mitsubishi Motor Co. President Aikawa’s decision to step down to take responsibility for a similar data falsification scandal; the GOJ’s new growth strategy; and Prime Minister Abe’s informal decision to put off a consumption tax hike.