1. The head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee is apologizing for controversial comments that ignited social media backlash and caught international attention. Earlier this week, Mori said board meetings with women take too long because they talk too much.
  2. A Tokyo Metropolitan Government panel of coronavirus experts say the thorough implementation of anti-virus measures is necessary, citing rising infections among the elderly. At its meeting on Thursday, the panel concluded that the highest alert levels for infections and medical care systems should be maintained.
  3.  Japan and the United States have discussed Japan’s contribution to the cost of stationing U.S. forces in the country for the first time since President Joe Biden took office.
February 4, Thursday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

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