April 7, Friday, 2023

1. Organizers of the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka have announced the event is going completely cashless. Visitors will be able to choose from about 60 payment methods, including smartphone app and credit card. The organizers say the event will be the first World Expo to be completely cashless. 2. The leaders of France and China have agreed that Russia and Ukraine should resume peace talks as soon as possible. They also agreed that no one should use nuclear weapons. Xi said China and France have a responsibility to promote multilateralism and protect the peace, stability, and prosperity of the world. Macron expressed hope that China will work for peace in Ukraine. He said he’s counting on Xi to bring Russia back to reason and everyone back to the negotiating table.
3. Japan’s Defense Ministry says a Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter has disappeared from radar in the country’s southwest. Ministry officials say the UH-60JA multipurpose chopper, with 10 people on board, was flying near the island of Miyakojima in Okinawa Prefecture when it vanished from radar at around 4:33 p.m. on Thursday.