NHK and TV Asahi led with reports on the start of the trial of the mother of a 10-year-old girl who died as a result of parental abuse in January. TBS gave top coverage to Lower House member Hodaka Maruyama’s refusal to resign from the Diet over his remark about war with Russia over the Northern Territories. NTV led with a report on corporal punishment by the coach of a high school volleyball team in Hyogo Prefecture. Fuji TV reported on a viral fake video of four men leaving a restaurant without paying the bill.
Top stories in national dailies included moves by the Trump administration to completely exclude Huawei from doing business with U.S. companies (Nikkei, Mainichi, Sankei), the first GOJ numerical goal for curbing dementia patients (Asahi), and a plan by Seven-Eleven Japan to permit its outlets to discount products approaching their expiration dates (Yomiuri).