- 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.
- 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.
- 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