August 25, Friday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Sara Macdonald and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. North Korea marks the purported anniversary of the start of its “military-first” policy on Friday.
2. Japanese defense officials say Chinese war planes were flying closer to the country. They report 6 Chinese bombers flew near central Japan.
3. Japan’s foreign minister says Tokyo hopes to proceed with agreements with African nations with the aim of encouraging Japanese firms to invest in the continent.