All networks reported that a major earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 hit the Kansai region at about 7:58 a.m. today. No tsunami warning has been issued. The networks reported that the quake registered lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the northern part of Osaka. Bullet train services and local transportation services have been halted as a result. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
In their morning news programs NHK and NTV gave top play to reports that some Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train services have been temporarily suspended today after a train hit a bird, causing a power outage on Sunday. Fuji TV led with a report that an exchange student from the Republic of Congo punched a referee during a high school basketball game in Nagasaki Prefecture on Sunday. TBS continued to report on the scandal involving Nihon University’s football team. TV Asahi aired the U.S. Open Golf Championship.
Major front-page items in national dailies included reports on waiting lists for children to enter nursery schools, the results of public opinion surveys, and Toyota’s first-ever victory in Sunday’s Le Mans 24-hour auto race.