NHK led with a report saying that while senior LDP officials maintain that there is no change in the plan to increase the consumption tax, some assert that it is necessary to watch the economy closely because economic indicators are pointing to a possible economic slowdown. NTV reported on the start of the rainy season in Kagoshima and heavy rain in several locations yesterday. Fuji TV’s top story was about a fire in Tochigi Prefecture this morning that killed three people. TBS reported on the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hitting his first home run since undergoing arm surgery. TV Asahi filed a report on a man who was arrested for stealing rubber boots on numerous occasions.
Major front-page items included the announcements made on Monday by the U.S. and the Chinese governments on additional tariffs on each other’s products, Nissan’s poor performance in the fiscal year ending in March, and repercussions of Japan Innovation Party lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama’s remark that Japan may need to wage war with Russia to regain control of the Northern Territories. Maruyama was officially expelled from the party yesterday.