1. Japan’s ordinary session of the Diet has convened on Monday, with the focus on key bills such as the budget and reforming ways of work.
2. Turkey has launched a ground operation against the Kurdish militia in northern Syria.
3. The death toll has risen at least to 18 in a hotel attack by an armed group in the Afghanistan capital Kabul.

January 22, Monday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yuka Matsumoto and Mr. Raja Pradan