August 17, Thursday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

1. Japan’s foreign and defense ministers have confirmed the importance of joint efforts with the United States in dealing with North Korea.
2. U.S. President Donald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a wise decision over a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward waters near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
3. Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has announced he will be out for the rest of the 2017 season due to his injured wrist.