August 21, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is expected to urge his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha to promptly explain her country’s stance on a wartime labor issue when they meet in China on Wednesday.
  2. Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to make its largest-ever budget request to boost its space surveillance capabilities.
  3. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has formally decided to sell F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.