- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to maintain the maximum pressure on North Korea until the country takes concrete steps for denuclearization.
- Finance ministers of the Group of Seven countries say maximum economic pressure will continue to be applied to North Korea.
- Russia says it has started massive military drills in the Kuril Islands. The country says the island chain includes 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
April 19, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto