May 9, Thursday, 2024

1. Russians have commemorated the former Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany with a ceremony in the capital Moscow Victory Day celebrations were held across Russia amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia marked the 79th anniversary of the World War Two victory on Thursday in ceremonies and military parades held in more than 20 cities. 2. A group of non-regular workers looking for pay hikes in Japan says nearly half the firms involved have not agreed to their demands at spring wage negotiations. The group said at a news conference on Thursday that about 30,000 workers demanded 10-percent or more wage increase from 107 employers. Fifty-five percent of the companies have responded so far. But the group said the average increase is only 3 to 4 percent, and the remaining 48 firms have yet to agree to boost salaries.
3. Japanese figure skater and Olympic medalist Uno Shoma has announced his retirement from competition. The 26-year-old made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday. He won a silver medal in the men’s singles in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and took bronze in the 2022 Beijing Games. He also won two world championships in a row in 2022 and 2023. In the message, Uno expressed his gratitude for people who have supported him as a competitor until today.