TV Asahi led with a report on Daiya Seto’s winning a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the World Swimming Championships yesterday. TBS reported on the global outpouring of support for Kyoto Animation following the arson attack that killed dozens on July 18. NHK gave top coverage to the forecast for hot weather this week. Fuji TV reported that heavy rain put a damper on the Fuji Rock Festival 2019 in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, over the weekend. NTV led with a report that concrete blocks were placed on a public road yesterday in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, for the twentieth time.
Top stories in national dailies included local residents’ perplexed reactions to the mooring of a seized North Korean ship in American Samoa since May 11 (Asahi), a plan by the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee to conduct emergency medical training for doctors (Yomiuri), speculation that Japan will not arrange a summit with the ROK leader for the time being (Sankei), an interview with the former coach of Japan’s national soccer team who played for the Yugoslavian national team in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (Mainichi), and a plan by the Ministry of Welfare to allow all company employees in Japan to participate in individual defined contribution pension plans (Nikkei).