NHK gave top play to a report that the U.S. presented a draft sanctions resolution to UN Security Council members on Wednesday, saying that it includes banning all exports of oil and natural gas to North Korea, freezing the overseas assets of Kim Jong Un, and prohibiting him from traveling overseas. The network said that while the U.S. is hoping to adopt the new resolution on Sept. 11, China and Russia remain reluctant. TBS, Fuji TV, and TV Asahi gave top play to reports of an alleged extramarital affair involving Democratic Party member Shiori Yamao. NTV led with a report that former Kobe City Assembly member Hashimoto has admitted that he falsified his expense claims.
Top stories in national dailies included an announcement by South Korea’s Defense Ministry that four more launchers will be added to the THAAD missile defense system deployed in South Korea (Yomiuri); a teleconference between Secretary of Defense Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song (Sankei); a plan by the Chinese Communist Party to reform its leadership selection process with Xi’s long-term rule in mind (Asahi); preliminary approval by the Nuclear Regulation Authority of the safety of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata for restarting two of its reactors (Mainichi); and a plan by the Health Ministry to reward care providers that help elderly care recipients become more self-sufficient (Nikkei).