NHK gave top play to a report that President Trump visited Las Vegas and met with people who were wounded in the shooting massacre on Sunday. TV Asahi led with a speculative story that Party of Hope leader Koike is hoping to invite LDP lawmakers Shigeru Ishiba and Seiko Noda to join her party if it fails to gain a majority of seats in the election, noting that Koike did not field any candidates in their constituencies. TBS also led with a report on the Party of Hope, saying that although Koike was hoping to obtain the support of Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), Rengo chairman Kozu announced yesterday that the group will not back any specific party. Fuji TV gave top play to a report that a former NHK reporter died of a heart attack after working 159 hours overtime in one month. NTV led with a report on a fire that broke out in a building in Nihombashi, Tokyo, on Wednesday.
Top stories in national dailies included the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s approval of TEPCO’s safety measures for Reactors No. 6 and 7 at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi); the Party of Hope’s draft campaign pledges, including suspending the planned consumption tax hike in October 2019, phasing out dependence on nuclear energy by 2030, and holding discussions on constitutional revision (Mainichi); an interview with Prime Minister Abe, in which he pledged to accelerate the implementation of Abenomics to boost the Japanese economy (Yomiuri); a plan by Novartis to urge the GOJ to adopt a pricing model linked to patient outcomes (Nikkei); and an interview with Democratic Party President Maehara, in which he indicated the possibility of Tokyo Governor Koike running in the Oct. 22 general election (Sankei).