February 17, Sunday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

  1. The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have failed to narrow their differences over four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
  2. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has stressed the necessity of maintaining sanctions against North Korea ahead of the second U.S.-North Korea summit.
  3. The dispute between the United States and China over Chinese telecom giant Huawei is escalating.

February 16, Saturday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Risa Shimizu

  1. The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea have held talks amid worsening bilateral relations over wartime issues.
  2. A series of legal battles are looming as U.S. Democrats prepare to challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to get funding for a border wall with Mexico.
  3. U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to extend the March 1st deadline for the trade talks with China and tariffs on Chinese imports may continue unchanged.

February 15, Friday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Michelle Yamamoto

  1. Japan’s foreign minister says he plans to urge his South Korean counterpart to have Seoul act appropriately on the issue of wartime labor.
  2. U.S. President Donald Trump says he will declare a national emergency to fund the building of a wall along the southern border with Mexico.
  3. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has strongly urged European nations to follow the United States in withdrawing from a nuclear deal with Iran.