NHK gave top play to the forecast for heavy rain in many parts of Japan today. TBS and TV Asahi led with reports on thunderstorms and other inclement weather across the nation on Wednesday. NTV gave top coverage to a follow-up report on the arrest of actor Yusuke Iseya for allegedly possessing marijuana. Fuji TV aired security footage showing a woman shoplifting at a convenience store in Fukuoka.
Top stories in national dailies included the likelihood that the majority of the LDP local chapters will support Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga in the LDP leadership race (Mainichi), NTT Docomo’s suspension of its e-money service linked with 35 banks in response to improper withdrawals (Asahi), a GOJ plan to impose stricter punishments on crimes committed by 18- and 19-year-olds (Yomiuri, Sankei ), and a plan by Seven-Eleven Japan to begin offering fast home delivery of merchandise from its outlets (Nikkei).