June 5, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. The U.S. federal reserve chairman has hinted he is open to cutting interest rates in the face of the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

2. NHK has learned Japan’s government will go ahead with a planned increase in the consumption tax in October.

3. A huge vigil has been held in Hong Kong to remember the victims of the crackdown on prodemocracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.