1. Officials in Tokyo are dealing with a jump in coronavirus infections. The number of new cases has not topped 200 for two days in a row. It’s the first time that has happened since the start of the pandemic. On Friday, officials reported a record high of 243 new cases. The capital recorded 224 for the previous day.
  2. The Japanese government will go ahead with plans to ease restrictions on large events on Friday despite a surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the country, including Tokyo. The government is raising the maximum attendance at spectator events from 1,000 to 5,000.
  3. Japan’s three major convenience-store operators are reporting a sharp drop in profits, as the coronavirus keeps customers at home. The Lawson group saw operating profit fall 81.6 percent for March to May from the same period a year earlier to around 24 million dollars. FamilyMart’s profit fell 54 percent to 84 million dollars. Seven-Eleven Japan was down 13.3 percent to about 487 million dollars.



July 10, Friday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki