August 21, Monday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yuka Matsumoto and Mr. Raja Pradan

1. U.S. and South Korean forces have begun their annual joint military exercise amid simmering tensions with North Korea.
2. The U.S. Navy says one of its Aegis destroyers has collided with a merchant vessel in the Strait of Malacca, leaving 10 sailors missing and five injured.
3. Campaigning for Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party leadership has begun.