- 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.
- 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.
- 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