NHK gave top coverage to the forecast for heavy rain in western and eastern Japan, calling for caution against landslides and flooding. The network also reported that 110 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed nationwide on Monday, including 58 in Tokyo, saying that the virus appears to be spreading to Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures. All commercial networks also led with reports that Tokyo’s daily tally has topped 50 for four days in a row, saying that out of the 58 new cases on Monday, 32 were connected to nightlife districts, and the routes of infection were unknown for 24 cases. Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura reportedly told the press yesterday: “We are seeing an increase in the number of cases in Saitama, Chiba, and other prefectures adjacent to Tokyo…. To tell the truth, I have a bad feeling about this.”
Top stories in national dailies included the global tally of more than 500,000 deaths and 10 million cases of the coronavirus (Asahi), the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants in New York (Mainichi), a plan by NTT to invest more than 1 trillion yen ($9.3 billion) in the renewable energy market by 2030 (Nikkei), a GOJ plan to revise the law on child support to help divorced mothers (Yomiuri), and China’s possible passage today of national security legislation for Hong Kong at the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (Sankei).