1. Monday is Coming of Age Day in Japan for new adults. But the coronavirus pandemic has forced many municipalities to postpone their ceremonies for the 20-year-olds.                                                  2. The New Year Grand Sumo Tournament kicked off at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan arena on Sunday without 65 wrestlers belonging to four stables who either tested positive for the new coronavirus or were in close contact with those who did.                  3. A research team based in Britain says an arthritis drug developed in Japan can significantly improve the survival rate of critically ill COVID-19 patients. Researchers from Imperial College London and elsewhere reported their findings from a clinical trial of the rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra, which is also known as tocilizumab.
January 11, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa