April 21, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

1.France’s centrist President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right contender Marine Le Pen faced off in a fierce debate ahead of Sunday’s presidential runoff. The two candidates clashed in a TV debate on Wednesday over issues including the war in Ukraine and the soaring prices of fuel and other goods.
2.In Major League Baseball, Japanese two-way star Ohtani Shohei of the Los Angeles Angels has earned his first win of the season. Ohtani faced the Houston Astros at the starting pitcher in Texas on Wednesday. He carried a perfect game through five and 1/3 innings.
3.A Ukrainian evacuee has begun studying at the University of Tokyo. Iryna Petrychenko, a researcher from a state university in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, has been in Japan since March 21.