December 2, Saturday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Risa Shimizu

1. Japan’s U.N. ambassador says the country will host separate meetings of the U.N. Security Council this month to discuss North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and its human rights abuses.
2. Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has requested U.S. cooperation for the swift deployment of a new ground-based missile defense system in Japan.
3. U.S. media are reporting President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, directed former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russia ahead of Trump’s inauguration.