January 20, Saturday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

1. South Korean government sources report troop movements in North Korea appear to be drills for a military parade, which may be scheduled for the day before the Olympic Games.
2. U.S. President Donald Trump is in last-minute negotiations to avert a partial government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday.
3. Japanese government officials have upgraded their monthly economic assessment for the first time in seven months.