Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to his alleged role in the payment of hush money to individuals, including a porn star, in an attempt to insulate his 2016 presidential election campaign from scandal. This event marks the first time that a former US president has faced criminal charges. Meanwhile, the Group of Seven advanced economies agreed to cooperate in imposing export controls for cutting-edge technologies amid concerns that they might be used for military purposes and surveillance, particularly by China. Japan also pledged to deliver $7.6bn worth of aid to Ukraine. Finland officially became the 31st member of NATO, after Finland and Sweden applied to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation last year. Japan also plans to provide equipment such as military hardware to the armies of “like-minded” nations that share common values such as the rule of law. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings revealed that the internal wall of a cylindrical foundation that supports the reactor pressure vessel of the No1 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is likely to be badly damaged across its entire circumference.
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