NHK gave top play to a report that a bill to impeach South Korean President Park is expected to be put to a vote today. NTV and TV Asahi led with reports on the controversial bill to legalize casinos in Japan, with TV Asahi saying that the bill is likely to be enacted on Dec. 14. Other top news included a report that Princess Masako turns 53 today.
Top stories in national dailies included a decision by the Supreme Court to overrule an earlier high court ruling that ordered the state to suspend nighttime and early morning flights by SDF aircraft at the Atsugi Air Base in Kanagawa Prefecture due to noise pollution by acknowledging the “highly public” nature of SDF flights. Another top story was the ruling coalition’s approval of its tax reform plan for fiscal 2017, which includes raising the income threshold for spousal tax deductions.