1. The biggest political event of the year in China is finally underway. The National People’s Congress was delayed by two more months due to the coronavirus. In recognition of the pandemic’s impact, Beijing has decided not to announce an economic growth target for the year.
  2. Japanese Justice Minister Mori Masako has apologized for the behavior of a top prosecutor who admitted gambling on mahjong during the state of emergency.
  3. China has announced a plan to create a law to authorize its direct involvement in maintaining security in Hong Kong, where antigovernment protests are continuing.
May 22, Friday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yuko Fukushima