1. The Japanese government has suspended entry of non-resident foreign nationals to Japan to prevent the transmission of coronavirus variants. The measure is taking effect on Monday and will continue through January 31. A similar restriction is already in effect for travelers from the United Kingdom and South Africa.                                                                                                                                2.  U.S. authorities say a 63-year-old man believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing in the southern state of Tennessee died in the blast. A recreational vehicle blew up in downtown Nashville on Friday morning, injuring three people and damaging more than 40 buildings.                                                                                                                                                                3. Japan’s former transport minister Hata Yuichiro, who died on Sunday at the age of 53, has become the first incumbent lawmaker in the country to die of the coronavirus. Hata developed a fever on Thursday and was due to take a PCR test on Sunday.  His condition deteriorated suddenly while on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
December 28, Monday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline