NHK led with a report that President Trump will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will relocate the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to there. The network said since the international community does not recognize the city as the Israeli capital, the Palestinians and Islamic nations are likely to react sharply. The network also said that terrorism may increase as a result. The network quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters this morning: “We are aware that President Trump will officially announce his decision soon. Japan is of the position that the final status of Jerusalem and other issues should be resolved through agreements and negotiations between the parties concerned based on past UNSC resolutions. We are closely monitoring the development with serious interest.” Suga also said that the GOJ has no plan to relocate the Japanese Embassy from Tel Aviv.
NTV and TBS gave top play to reports that the International Olympic Committee has decided to ban Russian athletes from participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics in February 2018 due to allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. TV Asahi led with a report that U.S. media reported that special counsel Mueller has subpoenaed Deutsche Bank to provide information on the accounts of President Trump and his family. Fuji TV gave top play to a press conference held this morning by professional shogi player Yoshiharu Habu on becoming the first professional shogi player to win a seventh title.