1. A senior public relations official for Japan’s Cabinet has resigned. Yamada Makiko was treated to an expensive dinner by a satellite broadcasting firm while she held a high post in the communications ministry. Yamada handed in her resignation as Cabinet Public Relations secretary, and the Cabinet approved it on Monday.
  2. Demonstrations are continuing across Myanmar one month after the coup on February 1, despite the use of force by authorities. Myanmar’s state-run and independent media report that at least 14 people were killed on Sunday, the largest single-day death toll since the coup.  At least 18 people have been killed in one month.
  3. Monday marks one year since the U.S. government and the Taliban signed an agreement to bring peace to Afghanistan.  But prospects for success remain unclear.
March 1, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki