June 4, Tuesday, 2024

1. Tuesday marks the 35th anniversary of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. On June 4, 1989, Chinese troops opened fire on thousands of student-led protestors who had gathered in and around the square calling for democracy. The government says 319 people were killed, but some say the figure was actually much higher. 2. Japanese Finance Minister Suzuki Shunichi says the country’s recent intervention in the currency market had some effect in stabilizing the yen. Suzuki was speaking on Tuesday after his ministry admitted on Friday that the government and the Bank of Japan had funneled nearly 9.8 trillion yen, or about 62 billion dollars, into the market over the past month. 3. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has suggested that the rank of the commander of the US forces deployed in Japan may be upgraded. This comes at a time when Japan is setting up a joint operations command to coordinate its Self-Defense Forces.