1. An advisory panel to the Japanese government has approved an extension of emergency coronavirus measures for Tokyo and eight other prefectures. Emergency declarations for Hokkaido, Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima and Fukuoka are set to end on Monday. 2. A Japanese cargo ship capsized after colliding with a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel in Japan’s Inland Sea on Thursday night. Nine of the 12 people on board the Japanese ship have been rescued, but three are missing.
3. Volunteer tour guides held a celebration after UNESCO officially recommended adding a group of archaeological sites in northern Japan to its list of important cultural spots. The Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region consist of 17 ancient ruins in Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate and Akita prefectures. The World Heritage Committee is expected to include the sites on the list at a meeting in July.

May 28, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki

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