June 24, Thursday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper has printed its final edition. The newspaper that many revered as a beacon of media freedom was forced to stop publishing after some of its assets were frozen. Senior staff were arrested for allegedly breaking China’s national security law imposed on the territory.
2. Japanese experts are warning of a possible resurgence of coronavirus infections in Tokyo, citing recent week-on-week increases in case numbers.
3. More than 17,500 people with dementia were reported missing in Japan last year—a record high for the country. The National Police Agency says 17,565 people diagnosed with or suspected of having dementia went missing in 2020. The figure increased from the previous year by 86, and has been rising since 2012.