April 18, Tuesday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Risa Shimizu

1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who is now in Japan.
2. A North Korean envoy in charge of normalizing with Japan has dismissed the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea.
3. About 70 members of a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force engineering unit have left South Sudan after participating in a U.N. peacekeeping mission.