1. Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. The inauguration ceremony with the theme of “America United” will be held in Washington D.C. At the age of 78, Biden will be the oldest president in U.S. history.                        2. Nominees for key position in the administration of incoming U.S. President Joe Biden have stressed the significance of China in the country’s diplomatic and security policies.  Secretary of State nominee, former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there is no doubt that China posed the most significant challenge to Washington of any nation.                                                                  3. Japan’s Health Ministry officials have confirmed the number of patients with serious conditions has topped 1,000—the highest since the start of the pandemic. Despite a state of emergency in place for Tokyo and 10 other prefectures, rates continue to escalate.
January 20, Wednesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki