1. North Korea says it will not send athletes to the Tokyo Olympics due to the pandemic. The Summer Games are scheduled to kick off July 23.
2.A Chinese aircraft carrier group, led by the Liaoning, has conducted a naval exercise in waters near Taiwan.
3. Japan and Germany plan to hold the first-ever talks between their foreign and defense ministers as early as next week. The sides are making arrangements to hold the “two-plus-two” talks in a teleconference format.