President Trump’s announcement on raising tariffs on Chinese imports and Prime Minister Abe’s open call for an “unconditional meeting” with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un were the two major stories in the national dailies.
NHK led with a report that Iran will announce today its retaliation to U.S. sanctions and America’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement. Iran has reportedly indicated that its retaliation may include military action and the resumption of part of its nuclear program but that it will continue to uphold the agreement. A former leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard interviewed by NHK reportedly said that Iran or its allies may launch military attacks and that the U.S. should remove its sanctions if it wants to avoid conflict. NTV and TV Asahi aired reports on the first business day of the Reiwa Era yesterday. TBS reported that faculty members and employees of Nihon University announced yesterday that they will sue the board of directors for damaging the university’s reputation over a scandal involving the school’s rugby team last year. Fuji TV gave top coverage to the arrest of a man yesterday for driving a stolen vehicle following a car chase with the police.