Campaigning for Japan polls starts
Official campaigning for elections to Japan's Upper House of Parliament begins today.
Political parties are targeting young voters in their campaign pledges for the election set for July 10, in response to a revised law, which came into effect on Sunday that lowered the country's minimum voting age from 20 to 18.
Yang back in the dock for TRS trial
The Real Singapore (TRS) trial continues today, with the Singaporean who founded the socio-political website, Yang Kaiheng, expected to be back in court.
The court had found the articles published by TRS were intended to "provoke unwarranted hatred against foreigners in Singapore". Yang allegedly helped the site's chief editor - his wife Ai Takagi - to run TRS. She has been convicted of sedition and jailed for 10 months.
Fed chief's second day of testimony
US Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen will speak before lawmakers at the semi-annual testimony for the second and final day today. Dr Yellen had noted yesterday that global risks and a US hiring slowdown warranted a cautious approach to raising interest rates. She spoke less than a week after the central bank kept interest rates unchanged near record lows and lowered its projections for hikes next year and in 2018.