1. People across Japan have celebrated the New Year amid reinforced measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Many gathered at Cape Nosappu in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido to watch the first sunrise of the year. A man said, “The sunrise doesn’t change every year, no matter what happens in the world.”   2. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says it confirmed 783 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday. The cpaital’s daily tally of new cases reached an all-time high of 1,337 on Thursday, exceeding 1,000 for the first time.                                                           3. The World Health Organization listed for emergency use on Thursday a coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. The WHO’s Emergency Use Listing serves as a reference for developing countries that don’t have their own screening systems for regulatory approval.


January 1, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa