NHK and NTV led with reports that North Korea may launch a ballistic missile today because it is the 64th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement. TBS led with a speculative report that in light of the plunge in cabinet support ratings, Prime Minister Abe may decide to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election before the end of this year. Fuji TV reported on a tabloid report that LDP member Eriko Imai is having an affair with a married man. TV Asahi gave top play to a report on the world swimming championships in Budapest, saying that two Japanese swimmers will participate in the 200-meter men’s individual medley final tonight.
Top stories in national dailies included GSDF Chief of Staff Okabe’s intention to step down over the scandal about the alleged cover-up of daily logs in South Sudan (Asahi); an interview with former Pakistani President Musharraf, in which he disclosed that his nation considered launching a nuclear attack on India in 2002 (Mainichi); a plan by Japan to impose safeguard tariffs on frozen U.S. beef (Yomiuri); results of a Nikkei survey showing that 40% of major firms are planning to spend record amounts on R&D in FY2017 (Nikkei); and China’s anti-Japanese propaganda (Sankei).