NHK led with a report saying it has learned that today the LDP’s Headquarters for the Promotion of Fiscal Reconstruction will propose to the government that the consumption tax be increased to 10% in October as planned. TBS reported that Lower House member Hodaka Maruyama is refusing to resign from the Diet over his remark that Japan may have to go to war with Russia over the Northern Territories. TV Asahi and NTV aired reports on a car that crashed in a park yesterday where preschoolers were playing in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, seriously injuring one of their teachers. Fuji TV gave top coverage to an online report by the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun on a hit-and-run incident involving TV personality Junji Takada last month.
Top stories in national dailies included a GOJ plan to urge firms to allow employees to continue working until age 70 (Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei), a GOJ plan to allow foreigners with four years of nursing care experience in Japan to switch to new working visas without taking a test (Yomiuri), and an announcement by Suruga Bank that its illicit loans total 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) (Asahi).