1. Japan’s government is considering reducing the self-quarantine period for vaccinated entrants arriving from overseas. The government currently asks everyone who arrives from overseas to remain isolated at home or in accommodation facilities for 14 days. But the government is thinking of reducing the period to 10 days, saying that it needs to bring social and economic activities back to normal in phases as the global vaccination rollout is making progress.
2. Japan’s Regulatory Reform Minister Kono Taro plans to declare his candidacy in the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential race at aa news conference on Friday.
3. The United States appears to be in no hurry to recognize Afghanistan’s caretaker government which is dominated by the Taliban.