February 16, Friday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradan and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. The Japanese government has submitted a proposal to a Diet committee to reappoint Haruhiko Kuroda as the Bank of Japan governor.
2. Japan’s foreign minister and the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed to work together to persuade North Korea to accept IAEA inspections.
3. The Japanese government has decided to extend the mission of 4 Ground Self-defense Force personnel as U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan for 3 months, until the end of May.