1. Japan is bracing for more torrential downpours through Friday as a lingering seasonal rain front threatens the western and eastern parts of the country.
  2. On July 2, Japan joined a growing list of countries to implement a mandatory plastic bag surcharge. It is part of a national effort to reduce plastic waste in a country that the U.N. says has the second highest rate of per capita plastic packaging consumption in the world.
  3. The head of a national institute in charge of Germany’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak has highlighted efforts the country has made to increase the capacity of PCR virus testing.
July 9, Thursday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki