July 4, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. Candidates for Japan’s Upper House election are officially kicking off their campaigns, with voting set for July 21.
  2. Weather officials are warning residents in parts of the southern island of Kyushu to stay alert for mudslides and flooding.
  3. Japan has tightened restrictions on exports of some high-tech materials to South Korea.