1. The Japanese government is set to expand its state of emergency to seven more prefectures amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The seven additional prefectures are Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Gifu, Fukuoka, and Tochigi. The declaration currently covers Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, and was put in place last Friday.                                                                        2.An opinion poll conducted by NHK earlier this month shows only 16 percent favor holding the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled.  This contrasts sharply with the close to 80 percent who say the Games should be canceled or postponed again.                                                                                                      3.The U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have issued a message to all service members, calling on them to unite under incoming President Joe Biden.  The move comes at a time when confusion continues over the country’s transfer of power.
January 13, Wednesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline