May 3, Friday, 2024

1. Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has arrived in Brazil. He will hold summit talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Kishida arrived in the capital Brasilia on Thursday night, on the second leg of his tour to France and South African countries. It is the first time in eight years that a Japanese prime minister has visited Brazil. 2. Nippon Steel says it will postpone its plan to acquire United Sates Steel until the end of this year. The Japanese firm initially planned the takeover of the American steel producer by September. The Japanese steelmaker said it revised the estimated closing date after carefully deliberating on the timeframe for obtaining approval from US authorities. 3. US President Joe Biden has come under criticism for not addressing university protests against the situation in the Middle East. He spoke out on Thursday about the clashes and said “order must prevail.” Biden made the comments after hundreds of officers muscled their way through demonstrators at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the early hours of Thursday morning. They used stun grenades and dismantled an encampment that had been there for a week.