NHK led with a report on Prime Minister Abe’s explanation at an Upper House session of his constituency office’s involvement in selecting guests for a publicly funded cherry blossom-viewing event. NTV led with a report saying Abe became Japan’s longest-serving prime minister when his total days in office reached 2,887 on Wednesday. TBS gave top coverage to the release of a Japanese college student who had been detained in Hong Kong. Fuji TV led with a report on the first snowfall in the Tohoku region today. TV Asahi said arrested actress Erika Sawajiri tested negative for MDMA and other illegal drugs.