NHK and NTV led with reports on record low temperatures in Hokkaido today. TBS gave top coverage to defects found in over 1,300 apartment buildings managed by rental apartment operator Leopalace21. TV Asahi reported that yesterday a man was arrested in Fukuoka City for assault in a road rage incident last October. Fuji TV’s top story was a report on an online video showing an employee of a karaoke chain putting raw chicken on the floor before frying it to serve to customers.
Top stories in national dailies included public entities’ inadequate response to the increasing number of child abuse cases (Asahi), an announcement by the National Police Agency that it reported more than 80,000 suspected child abuse cases to child consultation centers nationwide in 2018 (Mainichi), a survey showing delays in providing support to foreign residents in major cities (Nikkei), and the Japan Coast Guard’s around-the-clock monitoring of Chinese fishing boats suspected of coral poaching in waters off the Ogasawara Islands (Sankei).