April 26, Wednesday, 2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and US President Joe Biden visited a memorial for the Korean War in Washington on Tuesday ahead of a bilateral summit. Yoon and his wife, Kim Keon-hee, went to the Korean War Veterans Memorial together with Biden and his wife, Jill. 2. Japan’s prime minister has reiterated his plan to raise taxes to help pay for defense. He stressed that this will remain within the scope of the increase the government decided in December. 3. A Japanese space company’s attempt to make lunar history appears to have failed. Its lander made what it calls a “hard landing,” and communication with it has been lost. The vehicle, developed by ispace, lifted off in December on a rocket from the US firm SpaceX. The craft had entered orbit about 100 kilometers above the moon’s surface on April 13. It was supposed to land near a crater in the moon’s northern hemisphere at around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Japan time.