NHK led with a report that a man was taken to a police station for interrogation this morning in relation to the murder of a 17-year-old girl in Hiroshima 14 years ago. NTV and TBS led with a report that a document on Kake Gakuen entitled “matter concerning Prime Minister Abe” has also been discovered at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. TV Asahi led with a report on the Moritomo Gakuen scandal. Fuji TV reported on the arrest of a police officer on charges of fatally shooting his supervisor in Hikone, Shiga, on Wednesday.
Major front-page stories in national papers included reports on escalated tension in Syria over a possible military strike by the U.S. and Europe, a business tie-up between Volkswagen and Hino Motors, the Japan Coast Guard’s plan to increase personnel for conducting aerial patrols over the Senkaku Islands, and an informal decision by the Osaka Public Prosecutors’ Office not to press charges against the Finance Ministry’s former Financial Bureau Director General Sagawa and other officials for allegedly tampering with official documents on the sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen.