NHK’s top item was a report on a snowstorm in Hokkaido. Most commercial networks led with reports on a man arrested for the murder of the three-year-old son of a woman he lived with in Tokyo. TBS led with the repercussions of Finance Minister Aso’s cruise on an MSDF submarine on a Saturday even though it was a holiday for the vessel’s crew.
All national dailies other than Nikkei led with reports on the results of an international assessment test for 15-year-old students conducted in 79 countries and regions in 2018 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Japan ranked 15th in reading proficiency, down from eighth place in the 2015 test. Nikkei gave top play to China’s plan to raise its 2025 target for domestic sales of “new energy vehicles” to 25% from 20%.