April 16, Thursday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki

  1. The coronavirus pandemic has reached another grim milestone. Johns Hopkins University says more than two million people have now been infected around the world. Over 132,000 have died. Europe remains the second largest hotspot after the United States.
  2. The Japanese government is moving ahead with its decision to expand current areas under a state of emergency to everywhere across the country.
  3. Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo plans to provide a blanket cash handout of 100,000 yen, or about 930 dollars, per person as part of economic measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.