1. Authorities say the number of deaths from the recent record rainfall in western Japan has exceeded 200.
  2. The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to launch a framework for dialogue on maritime security cooperation.
  3. Russia’s foreign minister has expressed hope that the upcoming summit with the United States will help reopen dialogue on nuclear disarmament, anti-terrorism, and other divisive issues.
July 15, Sunday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa