NHK, TBS, and TV Asahi led with reports that three American detainees were released from North Korea on Wednesday. NTV and Fuji TV led with updates on the murder of a 7-year-old girl in Niigata.
Asahi and Sankei gave top play to reports on North Korea’s release of three American detainees. Yomiuri led with a joint declaration issued by the Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean leaders, while Mainichi gave top coverage to Prime Minister Abe’s bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li. Nikkei gave top play to President Trump’s announcement of his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.