American star golfer Tiger Woods has shot nine birdies to share the top position on the opening round of the PGA Tour's first tournament in Japan.
More than 18,000 spectators gathered at a golf course in Inzai City, near Tokyo, on Thursday to see Woods and 77 other top golfers. Woods is playing in Japan for the first time in 13 years.
Japan's exports to China fell in the first six months of the year as companies shifted production elsewhere to avoid trade tariffs. About 20 percent of Japan's exports go to China.
Finance Ministry statistics show China-bound shipments in January-to-June fell 8 percent to about 66 billion dollars from the same period last year. Exports to China in July also dropped by 9 percent on year to 12 billion dollars.
The families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea have compiled their first message for the country's leader Kim Jong Un, in the hope of persuading him to allow the abductees to return home.
The message says if North Korea repatriates the abductees soon, the families will neither extract confidential information from them nor take actions that would hamper negotiations to normalize bilateral relations.