NHK gave top play to a report that an earthquake with a maximum intensity of 4 on the Japanese scale of 7 hit the Kanto region at about 6:05 a.m. today. There have been no reports of injuries or damage. All commercial networks gave top coverage to the devastating damage caused by the heavy rain in the Kyushu region as well as in Gifu and Nagano and the strong wind across Japan. According to NHK, 59 people have died, 4 have no vital signs, and 16 remain missing in Kyushu.
Top stories in national dailies included the devastating damage caused by the heavy rain in Kyushu, Gifu, and Nagano (Mainichi, Sankei), the indictment of former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife Anri on charges of vote buying during her Upper House election campaign last summer (Asahi, Yomiuri), and Itochu’s announcement that it will take a 100% stake in convenience store operator FamilyMart (Nikkei).