1. Health officials say the number of coronavirus patients receiving treatment at hospitals across Japan has shot up more than five-fold in the space of just one month.
  2. A questionnaire y a Japanese credit research firm has found that hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses in the country may have to consider bankruptcy if the coronavirus outbreak isn’t brought under control soon.
  3. A long-running wartime labor lawsuit in South Korea against a Japanese company appears to be entering a new phase. The case has damaged relations between the two countries. A court order that took effect on Tuesday could widen that rift by allowing assets to be seized from Nippon Steel.
August 4, Tuesday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki