April 17, Friday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki

  1. In the latest data on the Chinese economy hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s GDP growth turned into the negative in the first quarter of this year. That is the first negative quarterly growth since 1992, when the country began releasing such data.
  2. In Japan, the government is broadening its current state of emergency nationwide in an effort to control the spreading of the virus.
  3. In the United States, President Donald Trump has announced its plan for reopening the country. The virus has now killed more than 31,000 Americans and also ravaging the country’s economy.