NHK and NTV gave top coverage to reports on the ongoing heatwave in Japan, noting that in Tokyo alone 131 people have died of heatstroke this month. Fuji TV led with a report that at least five students at Tenri University, where there was a COVID-19 cluster infection among its rugby team members, were subject to discrimination, such as being asked not to report to part-time jobs, even though they are not on the team. TV Asahi gave top play to a report that teenage shogi player Sota Fujii became the youngest holder of two major shogi titles and was promoted to the rank of eighth dan on Thursday. TBS led with footage showing a truck exploding after the driver used a cooling spray inside.
All national dailies except Nikkei gave top play to reports on the arrest of Lower House lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto for allegedly offering witnesses money to provide false testimony in connection with a casino graft scandal. Akimoto was out on bail at the time after being indicted for receiving bribes from a Chinese gambling operator in 2017 and 2018 when he was vice minister in charge of integrated resorts featuring casinos. Nikkei led with a report on a U.S. proposal to APEC nations to review their rules for handling personal data, speculating that the move is aimed at shutting China out of the process.