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  • July 29, 2020
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NHK, NTV, and TV Asahi led with coverage of the record rainfall and flooding in Yamagata Prefecture. TBS and Fuji TV gave top play to reports that a record 155 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Osaka on Tuesday, saying that Osaka Governor Yoshimura called on residents to refrain from drinking or dining out in groups of five or more from Aug. 1 through 20. 

 

Top stories in national dailies included a GOJ plan to draw up three-stage guidelines for prefectural governments to assess their coronavirus situations (Mainichi); arrangements by Japan and the UK to grant preferential tariff treatment to British-made autos and industrial goods using EU-made components under their new trade agreement (Yomiuri); Chile’s decision to use a Japan-proposed route for the first fiber-optic cable to directly connect South America and the Asia-Pacific (Nikkei); an interview with Dr. Kim Dong-chul, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was detained in North Korea for alleged spying in 2015 and released in 2018, during which he said he met about seven Japanese nationals in North Korea from 2004 to 2015 (Sankei); and the Tokyo High Court’s scrapping of a lower court ruling and acquittal of an assistant nurse over a 2013 incident in which an 85-year-old woman at a nursing home died after choking on a doughnut given to her by the assistant nurse (Asahi). 

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