1) North Korea has warned the United States that it will complete its plan by mid-August to fire ballistic missiles toward waters off Guam.
2) Many parts of Japan are in the grip of a heat wave, including Tokyo where the temperature on Wednesday reached 37 degrees Celsius.
3) Labor authorities have officially acknowledged that a Japanese doctor killed himself due to overwork. His suicide has drawn attention to the harsh working conditions of people in the medical field.
4) The latest data shows Japan continues to depend on imported food.
Japan’s Agriculture Ministry says the food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2016 fell for the first time in 6 years. The rate is based on calorie intake.
5) A Japanese government panel has begun reviewing the country’s medium-to long-term energy policy. The group of experts is focusing on what to do about nuclear power generation and on ways to promote renewables.
6) Trial runs have started at a Tokyo airport for a range of services that employ new technologies to help elderly, disabled and foreign travelers.
One of the services allows users to get directions to bus stops, including images and multilingual maps, when they take a photo of a guide sign on their smartphones.
Another lets users ride an automated wheelchair to any destination in the airport, such as a check-in counter, as designated via smartphone.
7) The ruling parties of Japan and China are to make proposals to help improve bilateral relations.
Executives of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito and the Chinese Communist Party will issue a set of proposals when they conclude 3 days of talks in Tokyo on Wednesday.
8) The organizers of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea are trying to raise public interest in the games that will open in 6 months.
But public interest is low. This is partly due to the recent political turmoil that led to the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye.