NHK and Fuji TV led with reports on a hearing to be held at the Tokyo District Court today at which former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is expected to challenge the court’s earlier authorization of the prosecutor’s request for his continued detention on a fresh charge of breach of trust. Other networks gave top coverage to the dispute between Japan and South Korea over an ROK destroyer’s alleged use of fire control radar. TV-Asahi claimed that the GOJ has provided data on the frequency characteristics of the ROK destroyer’s radar, which Japanese defense authorities called its “fingerprint.” The network described this as a piece of incontrovertible evidence corroborating the GOJ’s narrative.
Top stories in national dailies included a plunge in U.S.-China trade due to additional tariffs (Nikkei); a GOJ plan to propose to Russia that both sides renounce the right to claim compensation regarding the Northern Territories in their peace treaty talks (Yomiuri); Japan Atomic Power’s alleged request for approval from local municipalities before restarting Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant (Asahi); a GOJ plan to launch steps to promote studies in the humanities and social sciences as part of measures to advance science and technology (Mainichi); and a plan by the Japan Society of Obstetrics Gynecology to relax requirements for prenatal tests (Sankei).