NHK gave top play to a report that there is growing concern about a “second wave” of infection with the new coronavirus in the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka, as new cases have been confirmed there for five consecutive days after zero cases were reported for 23 days in a row. TV Asahi led with a report that on Wednesday Kanagawa lifted its request for all businesses to temporarily close. TBS gave top coverage to a follow-up report on yesterday’s arrest of the man suspected of setting fire to a Kyoto Animation Co. studio last July. NTV and Fuji TV led with follow-up reports on TV personality Yuya Tegoshi’s decision to suspend his show business activities after admitting to participating in drinking parties while the nation was under a state of emergency.
Front-page items in national dailies included the Abe cabinet’s approval of the second supplementary budget bill to fend off the COVID-19 economic fallout and the growing consensus between the GOJ and the ruling coalition that the start of the school year should not be shifted to September in 2021.