NHK led with a report on the latest exchange of tariffs between the U.S. and China. TV Asahi reported on Nippon Ishin Lower House member Hodaka Maruyama’s remarks on Saturday evening suggesting that it would be impossible to regain control of the Northern Territories without going to war with Russia. NTV, TBS, and Fuji TV reported that a UNESCO panel has recommended adding the Mozu-Furuichi ancient burial mounds in Osaka to the World Cultural Heritage list.
Major front-page news in national dailies included China’s imposition of retaliatory duties on American products, the recommendation to add the Mozu-Furuichi burial mounds to the UNESCO list, and Cabinet Office data pointing to the “worsening” of the Japanese economy for the first time in over six years as a result of a sharp plunge in corporate output and product exports due to weak external demand apparently caused by the trade conflict between the U.S. and China. The GOJ and the ruling coalition are reportedly set to compile a stimulus package in anticipation of a rapid economic slowdown in China amid escalated trade friction.