April 1, Monday, 2024

1. Taiwan’s former president Ma Ying-jeou is visiting China from Monday. The focus is on whether he will meet with President Xi Jinping. This comes as Taiwan’s president-elect from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party is set to take office next month. 2. Israeli protesters rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid growing criticism of his failure to secure the release of hostages. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the parliament in what the Associated Press said was the largest anti-government protest since the Israel-Hamas conflict started in October. 3. An overtime cap for truck drivers in Japan took effect with the start of the new fiscal year on April 1. The move is aimed at improving working conditions for truckers and is promoting businesses to find more efficient ways to transport their goods. One private think tank estimates that if no measures are taken, the overtime cap could reduce haulage capacity by about 35 percent by 2030.