All networks and most papers gave extensive coverage to reports on President Trump’s arrival in Japan on Sunday. The networks reported on his speech to U.S. troops at Yokota AB, lunch and golf with Prime Minister Abe at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, and dinner in Ginza. The networks said the President will hold a summit with PM Abe and meet with the families of the Japanese abductees today.
Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun led with reports on research conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for the “Paradise Papers” claiming that Commerce Secretary Ross has profited from business dealings with a Russian gas firm close to President Putin via several Bermuda-based shell companies. Since the Russian enterprise’s major stockholders include a businessman subject to U.S. financial sanctions and Secretary Ross can exercise influence when applying sanctions to foreign individuals and entities, the ICIJ insists that the allegation constitutes a serious conflict of interest on the part of the billionaire-turned USG official.