NHK led with a report that an investigative panel released a report saying that a professor at Gunma University Hospital who was engaged in laparoscopic operations that resulted in 10 deaths had no prior experience performing the procedure. NTV and TBS gave top play to reports that the Emperor is expected to express his thoughts on abdication as early as Aug. 8 and his remarks may be aired live on TV. The networks said the Emperor probably will not directly refer to abdication since doing so could imply he is suggesting a change in the government system and violating the Constitution, which stipulates that the Emperor shall be a symbol of the state and not have powers related to government. TV Asahi carried a follow-up report on the Sagamihara knife attack. Fuji TV reported on the start of the Rio Olympics in one week.