February 2, Saturday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Risa Shimizu

  1. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States will begin procedures to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF.
  2. Russian authorities have seized a Japanese crab fishing boat in the Sea of Japan. They claim the vessel was illegally operating in the country’s exclusive economic zone.
  3. Senior diplomats from Japan and China have agreed to work closely in an effort to arrange a visit by President Xi Jinping to Japan.