NHK and TBS gave top coverage to reports on the situation in Kumamoto one month after record rainfall devastated many parts of the prefecture. Fuji TV and TV Asahi led with reports that 258 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tokyo on Monday, with Fuji TV saying that Governor Koike recommended having family members use different tubes of toothpaste as one way to avoid spreading the virus within families. TV Asahi highlighted the fact that yesterday’s caseload was the highest ever for a Monday. NTV gave top play to a report that although Tokyo began requesting pubs and karaoke bars to shorten their operating hours and close at 10 p.m. yesterday, some establishments are not following the request for financial reasons.
Top stories in national dailies included GOJ measures to help rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters (Asahi), the cumulative total of over 40,000 coronavirus cases in Japan (Mainichi), an interview with Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda in which he stated that the central government may consider extending its support for private firms’ financing (Yomiuri), social networking services’ impact on public opinion (Nikkei), and an announcement by major Japanese retailer Seven & i Holdings that it will purchase U.S. convenience store and gas station chain Speedway LLC (Sankei).