- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States will begin procedures to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF.
- Russian authorities have seized a Japanese crab fishing boat in the Sea of Japan. They claim the vessel was illegally operating in the country’s exclusive economic zone.
- Senior diplomats from Japan and China have agreed to work closely in an effort to arrange a visit by President Xi Jinping to Japan.
February 2, Saturday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Risa Shimizu