June 9, Friday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. Japan’s Diet has enacted a bill that allows Emperor Akihito to abdicate, but the law only makes the provision for him. This will be the first time in 2 centuries that the Emperor will be allowed to step down.
2. North Korea’s state-run media report that the country has successfully carried out its first test-launch of a new type of surface-to-ship cruise missile.
3. Japan’s Education Minister Hirokazu Matsuno says his ministry will reinvestigate the existence of controversial ministry documents.