October 18, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

  1. The leaders of Japan and France have agreed to strengthen security cooperation with the aim of realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
  2. U.S. officials say they are continuing to monitor the currency practices of 6 countries including China and Japan.
  3. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has begun the process of pulling out of an international postal pact, saying its postal rate system unfairly benefits China.