December 28, Thursday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuko Matsumoto

1. Thursday marks 2 years since the Japanese and South Korean governments agreed on resolution of the issue of those referred to as comfort women.
2. Israeli government officials say Japan has proposed 4-party talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as a U.S. official to try to restart the stalled Middle East peace negotiations.
3. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has sought the support of Oman for Japan’s efforts to ensure a “free and open Indo-Pacific region.”