NHK gave top play to a follow-up report on an incident in which a Niigata train with 430 passengers on board was stuck in heavy snow for nearly 15 hours last Thursday. NTV and TV Asahi led with reports that sumo grand champion Kisenosato withdrew from the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. TBS reported on the bankruptcy of a health product company called Japan Life. Fuji TV reported that a university student in Tokyo was arrested for stabbing to death his father yesterday.
Top stories in national dailies included a projection by the Land Ministry that some 360,000 land plots could be damaged if a magnitude 7.3 earthquake were to occur beneath Tokyo (Asahi); a plan by the Fair Trade Commission to protect freelance workers from companies’ unfair demands (Yomiuri); U.S. firms’ increasing investment and employment in response to tax reform by the Trump administration (Nikkei); and a plan by the Japanese abductees’ families to call on the International Criminal Court to prosecute North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for human rights violations (Sankei).