1. Heavy rains are pounding parts of Kyushu and Shikoku. Weather officials warn that wide areas of western and eastern Japan may also be subject to more rain through Sunday.
  2. Chinas has launched a space probe in the hope of landing a rover on Mars next year, when the country marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s founding.
  3. An online survey has revealed that one in four full-time homemakers in Japan don’t want their husbands to continue to work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.