- Hashimoto Seiko has officially been chosen as the president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee. She stepped down for her cabinet position as Olympic Minister.
- The Japanese government is considering plans to maintain the current state of emergency in order to ensure the smooth rollout of coronavirus vaccinations.
- The United States says it intends to pay over 300 million dollars in obligations to the World Health Organization by the end of this month.
February 18, Thursday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki