NHK led with a report that the GOJ has decided to draw up measures to prevent incidents of child abuse after a 5-year-old girl died in Tokyo after being abused by her parents. TV Asahi gave top play to a report on the apparent gap between the U.S. and North Korea over the process of denuclearization. TBS led with an interview with former Japanese abductee Kaoru Hasuike, who said now is the time to resolve the abduction issue. NTV and Fuji TV led with reports on the arrest yesterday of two men in connection with the death of a 29-year-old nurse in Shizuoka.
Top stories in national dailies included reports on President Trump’s intention to suspend military drills with South Korea while the U.S. and North Korea are engaged in dialogue (Asahi); North Korea’s call for “step-by-step” actions for denuclearization (Mainichi); apparent preparations for a Japan-DPRK summit (Yomiuri, Sankei); and a rise in China’s trademark applications in foreign countries (Nikkei).