Top items on Monday morning’s TV news programs included the arrest on Sunday of a Tokyo doctor and five others in connection with the illegal sale of umbilical cords, the arrest of a man who allegedly attacked two policemen with a knife in Kanazawa last night, and an update on a fatal traffic accident in Tokushima over the weekend.
Top stories in national dailies included the arrest of the six individuals in connection with the sale of umbilical cords (Asahi, Yomiuri); an informal decision to appoint Chen Min’er, a Communist Party secretary of Chongqing, as a successor to President Xi Jinping (Mainichi); and a plan by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to encourage private firms to use personal data in their business (Nikkei).
All networks and newspapers reported on the victory of an LDP-backed candidate in the Ibaraki gubernatorial election on Sunday. Kazuhiko Oigawa, a former trade ministry official, defeated the six-term incumbent Masaru Hashimoto. The LDP made a great effort to back Oigawa, seeing the election as a prelude to three Lower House by-elections scheduled for October.