May 5, Friday, 2023

1. More details are coming in about an earthquake that struck Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. Authorities say that so far there have been no reports of damage from tsunami. The quake struck around 2:42 p.m. on Friday, local time. It registered an upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of zero to 7 in the city of Suzu. Long tremors that could rock high-rise buildings have been recorded in Ishikawa.
2. On a national holiday dedicated to children, the latest data shows Japan’s child population has dropped for the 42nd straight year. The internal affairs ministry estimates that the number of children aged 14 or younger was 14.35 million as of April 1, down 300,000 from the previous year. 3. Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Mozambican President Filipe Nyushi have agreed to support the early resumption of natural gas development in the East African country. Kishida met with Myusi in the capital Maputo for about ninety minutes on Thursday. The prime minister was on the final leg of his tour of four African nations.