January 8, Sunday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

  1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated he will urge South Korea to remove statues symbolizing those referred to as comfort women.
  2. North Korea is unlikely to stage massive ceremonies to mark the birthday of is leader Kim Jong Un.
  3. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has expressed his eagerness to improve ties with Russia.