NHK and TV Asahi led with follow-up reports on the mass stabbing incident in Kawasaki. NTV reported on the arrest in Tokyo yesterday of a man suspected of involvement in robbery at a pachinko parlor in Yokohama after a car chase with the police. TBS reported that Naomi Osaka has reached round three at the French Open. Fuji TV gave top coverage to a report that the South Korean team in an international U-18 soccer tournament in Chengdu, China, was stripped of its championship trophy yesterday because its players trampled on the trophy and committed other acts of disrespect.
Top stories in national dailies included remarks delivered by Prime Minister Abe at an international conference in Tokyo on Thursday in which he proposed establishing a framework of new rules for the free flow of data (Nikkei), the Health Ministry’s plan to strengthen inspections of seafood imports from South Korea (Sankei), new measures to be taken by the GOJ to facilitate change of ownership of small businesses (Yomiuri), a GOJ plan to increase funding for domestic violence shelters (Mainichi), and the Osaka district court’s ruling against the state over the allegation that the government temporarily withheld information about the land sale to Moritomo Gakuen (Asahi).