April 15, Wednesday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki

  1. The United States is halting funding to the World Health Organization as the deadly coronavirus spread throughout the globe. President Donald Trump says the country is cutting off payment until his administration reduces edges of response to the current health crisis.
  2. The head of Japan’s central bank has echoed the grim view of the International Monetary Fund that the world economy is in a very tough ride. Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda Haruhiko was responding to the IMF prediction that the world will have the worst year since the Great Depression.
  3. Authorities in Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed that there were no new cases of the coronavirus infection for the first time in more than a month.