1. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is lifting the coronavirus-related state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. The declaration remains in place for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba and Hokkaido.
  2. The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have a big impact on Japan’s trade figures. The country’s exports in April declined 21.9 percent from the same month last year, marking the steepest fall in over 10 years.
  3. The Japanese government says it is trying to confirm reports that the chief of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office played mahjong for money. Kurokawa Hiromu is the chief.


May 21, Thursday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yuko Fukushima