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  • August 5, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the GOJ’s informal decision to place eight additional prefectures under a quasi-state of emergency (NHK), mounting calls to review the GOJ’s new policy on hospitalization of COVID-19 patients (NTV), 12-year-old Japanese skateboarder Hiraki Kokona’s winning a silver medal in the women’s park event at the Tokyo Olympics (TBS), a record 4,166 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tokyo yesterday (Fuji TV), and Japanese wrestler Kawai Yukako’s winning a gold medal in the women’s 62 kilogram freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics (TV Asahi). 


Top stories in national dailies included a request from the ruling LDP for the GOJ to review its new policy on hospitalization of COVID-19 patients (Mainichi, Sankei), Japan’s record high of over 14,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Asahi), Toyota Motor’s net profit of 897.8 billion yen ($8.2 billion) for the April-June period, marking a record high for the quarter thanks to sales in North America and China reaching pre-pandemic levels (Nikkei), and the gold and silver medals won by teenage female Japanese skateboarders  (Yomiuri). 

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