June 26, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Mariko Kojima and Ms. Risa Shimizu

1. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided on Wednesday to hold the ballot and vote-counting on July 21.

2. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to retaliate with “great and overwhelming force” for any attacks by Iran.

3. The U.S. State Department has denied a media report that President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan.