1. Japan is bracing for more torrential downpours through Friday as a lingering seasonal rain front threatens the western and eastern parts of the country.
  2. On July 2, Japan joined a growing list of countries to implement a mandatory plastic bag surcharge. It is part of a national effort to reduce plastic waste in a country that the U.N. says has the second highest rate of per capita plastic packaging consumption in the world.
  3. The head of a national institute in charge of Germany’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak has highlighted efforts the country has made to increase the capacity of PCR virus testing.