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  • February 17, 2017
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NHK gave top play to a report that Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of Samsung, was arrested this morning on suspicion of bribery and other charges. Most commercial networks continued to carry follow-up reports on the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Top stories in national dailies included the Justice Ministry’s explanation about the scope of “conspiracy” under a new bill to criminalize acts of preparation to commit terrorism (Asahi); a follow-up report on the assassination of Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia (Mainichi, Sankei); an estimate by the 2020 Olympics Organization Committee that it will cost 43.7 billion yen to construct related facilities in six prefectures other than Tokyo (Yomiuri); and a joint plan by Nippon Life Insurance and Nichii Gakkento to establish about 100 childcare centers throughout Japan (Nikkei).


Yomiuri and Nikkei ran extensive front-page reports on Secretary of State Tillerson’s first meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday, saying that the two officials discussed Ukraine and Syria.

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