January 18, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Eriko Kojima and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

1. Japan’s space agency has successfully launched its Epsilon-3 small rocket, carrying an Earth observation satellite developed by Japanese electronics firm NEC.
2. North and South Korea have agreed to form a joint women’s ice hockey team for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the south.
3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested the U.S. Embassy will be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of this year.