1. Japan’s Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has affirmed with his U.S. and Australian counterparts that their countries will strengthen cooperation, and oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo in the South China Sea.

2. Japanese research whaling vessels have left a port in northern Japan for the final expedition before the country withdraws from the International Whaling Commission and resumes commercial whaling.

3. China has decided to investigate major U.S. package delivery firm FedEx on suspicion of violating Chinese courier delivery regulations.