April 29, Monday, 2024

1. The yen fell to a fresh 34-year low against the dollar, but rapidly rebounded on Monday. The volatile moves have led to speculation that Japanese authorities intervened in the currency market.
2. Two relatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea have left for the United States to seek support from US officials for an early resolution of the issue. The relatives are Yokota Takuya, who leads the group of abductees’ families, and Iizuka Koichiro. 3. Researchers in Japan say they have confirmed blood flow in bioengineered lungs transplanted into mice. They say the lungs were made using human cells.