North Korea Fires Two Missiles Less Than a Week After Last Test

Kim Jong-un doubled down and conducted his second missile launch in less than a week. The first missile was detected at 5.06, followed by another at 5.27. The two were shot from a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at a point near Wonsan port, on the east coast of the peninsula, the same area where last week’s missiles were fired. The projectiles were similar to those of the last week, according to a General Staff statement, which added that “the successive launches by North Korea do not lead to reduce tensions and we urge you to stop them.”

Japan’s “Honest Abe” Wins Upper House Elections – Loses Constitutional Majority

Japan’s ruling center-right coalition retained control in upper house elections on Sunday, but lost seats in the process.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats took the worst of it, losing more than a dozen seats.  His junior coalition partners, the Komeito Party, and allied Japan Innovation Party actually made small gains.  Abe remains well-positioned to deal with several domestic and foreign policy issues before his House of Representatives comes up again in 2021.  However, his forces lost their two-thirds majority in the House of Councillors, scuttling a debate, for now, on the role of the military in pacifist Japan.

G20 in Osaka: The Summit Opens in Harmony

Nineteen countries are meeting this Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan, for the G20. “Welcome to Osaka,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan Prime Minister, who hosts the G20 on Friday and Saturday.

“Together, I hope we will achieve a beautiful harmony in Osaka,” he said in reference to the meaning of “Reiwa,” the name of this new era. Flanked on one side by President Trump, on the other side of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two great rivals of the moment, Shinzo Abe called for “finding common ground rather than highlighting the clashes.” “We have time” to resolve the tensions.

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