1. Japan’s former Justice Minister Kawai Katsuyuki and his wife Kawai Anri have been arrested by prosecutors over an alleged violation of the election law. Both are lawmakers, formerly with the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Prosecutors arrested the couple on Thursday and searched their offices.
  2. A brother of George Floyd, a black American man who died after a white police officer pinned him down and knelt on his neck, has called on countries to work to eliminate racism. The U.N. Human Rights Council held a session in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss discrimination issues. George Floyd’s younger brother Philonise Floyd delivered a speech to the council from the United States.
  3. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says the government will lift travel restrictions across prefectural borders on Friday, as the daily number of coronavirus cases continues to fall nationwide, except in a few localities.
June 18, Thursday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline