NHK, TBS, and Fuji TV led with reports on the damage caused by torrential rain on Friday in Chiba and Fukushima Prefectures, where ten people died and two are missing. NTV and TV Asahi gave top coverage to Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu’s victory in Skate Canada International.
The national dailies gave prominent front-page coverage to President Trump’s announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a U.S. military operation. The papers said that while the “Islamic State” may have been eliminated, the prospects for stability in Syria and the region remain uncertain given that radical Muslims are still very active there. The dailies conjectured that following the death of a “terror icon,” President Trump may be tempted to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops, which some reportedly fear will make the region even more unstable.
Other major items in the papers included Japan’s plan to develop a system to help navigate the Arctic Sea, the damage in Chiba and Fukushima Prefectures caused by a recent typhoon and heavy rains, and the Health Ministry’s plan to lower the prices of certain drugs.