April 30, Tuesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. In Japan, Emperor Akihito will abdicate at the end of Tuesday – bringing the three-decade-long Heisei Era to a close.
  2. Japanese government statistics from the 30 years of the Heisei Era highlight the country’s population getting smaller and greyer, and the rapid spread of the Internet.
  3. Nuclear-armed countries and non-nuclear states were divided at a United Nations meeting over how to achieve nuclear disarmament.