NHK led with a report saying that Japan-ROK working-level talks on Japan’s tighter controls on semiconductor material exports to the ROK will take place today. TV Asahi reported on the arrest yesterday of the suspect in a fatal shooting in Kabukicho, Tokyo, last January. NTV filed a report saying that the stolen car used by a man who fled police interrogation in Wakayama City was found abandoned in Osaka Prefecture yesterday. TBS reported on the trial of musician Junnosuke Taguchi and his girlfriend actress Reina Komine on charges of possession of marijuana. Fuji TV aired a video of a cabbie driving while using his smartphone.
Top stories in national dailies included Hayabusa2’s successful touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu on Thursday (Asahi, Yomiuri), South Korean companies’ illicit exports of strategic materials to Iran and other nations (Sankei), survey results showing that drugs worth 500 billion yen ($4.6 billion) were prescribed in Japan in fiscal 2016 despite the availability of equivalent over-the-counter drugs (Nikkei), and the punishment of more than ten senior police officers nationwide for receiving payment from a publisher for helping it to compile materials for creating promotion tests for police officers (Mainichi).