NHK led with a report that today marks the second anniversary of the second major earthquake that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in 2016, saying that about 38,000 people are still living in shelters as a result of the disaster. TV Asahi led with a report on Shohei Ohtani’s impressive performance both as a pitcher and a batter for the Los Angeles Angels. TBS reported on Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Osaka over the weekend. NTV and Fuji TV led with reports that a member of Kanjani Eight has announced that he will leave the pop group to study music overseas.
Major front-page items in national dailies included Prime Minister Abe’s intention to dismiss the vice finance minister for alleged harassment, a Japan-China foreign ministerial meeting held in Tokyo on Sunday, an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Saturday concerning U.S. airstrikes against Syria, and the precipitous drop in support for the Abe cabinet.