August 3, Saturday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Risa Shimizu

  1. Japan’s trade minister Hiroshige Seko says Japan will closely monitor South Korea’s move to remove Tokyo from its list of trusted trading partners.
  2. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says his country will start full-fledged development of intermediate-range missiles, following the expiration of a key nuclear treaty with Russia.
  3. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has reiterated that the Etorofu Island is Russian territory, responding to Japan’s protest against his visit to the island claimed by Japan.