March 31, Saturday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

  1. A top Chinese diplomat has reportedly told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that now is the time to ease the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
  2. Russia has ordered about 140 people to leave the country. Diplomats from 25 nations, such as the United States and Britain, are among them.
  3. Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip. At least 15 people were reportedly shot dead and more than 1400 others were injured.

March 30, Friday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Mariko Kojima and Mr. Yoshi Ogasawara

  1. Japan’s government is believed to be closely monitoring the progress for an expected U.S.-North Korean summit.
  2. Japan’s government has compiled a basic plan for the ceremonies related to Emperor Akihito’s abdication and Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession next year.
  3. The daughter of a former Russian spy is improving rapidly after her suspected poisoning in Britain.

March 29, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Eriko Kojima

  1. South and North Korea have begun high-level talks to prepare for a summit scheduled in late April.
  2. The Japanese government is arranging a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump to exchange views on recent developments involving North Korea.
  3. Japan has renewed its request to the United States for an exemption from the new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

March 28, Wednesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Mick Corliss and Ms. Emma Howard

  1. China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has indicated that his country is willing to work toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
  2. NATO is expelling 7 Russian diplomats as part of the international response to the nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
  3. Japan’s nuclear watchdog has officially approved a plan to decommission the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor.

March 27, Tuesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

  1. A key figure in the document-tampering scandal involving Japan’s Finance Ministry is giving sworn testimony at the Diet on Tuesday.
  2. Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force is undergoing the largest reorganization since it was formed 64 years ago.
  3. The Russian government has eased import restrictions on Japanese seafood. It imposed bans after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster on concerns of radioactive contamination.

March 26, Monday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Yoshi Ogasawara and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

  1. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his wife denies allegations that she told a school operator to press ahead with a controversial land deal.
  2. Senior Chinese government officials have condemned heavy import tariffs the United States has imposed on their country.
  3. A fire at a shopping center in central Russia has left 37 people dead while more than 60 others remain missing.

March 25, Sunday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

  1. Massive rallies calling for stricter gun control have swept across the United States, in the wake of a school shooting rampage in Florida in February.
  2. Italian lawmakers have chosen a member of a populist party as the speaker of the Lower House.
  3. Japan’s ski jumper Sara Takanashi has set a new world record for the most World Cup wins, clinching her 54th career victory in an event in Germany.

March 24, Saturday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

  1. French authorities have confirmed that police fatally shot the hostage-taker who had been holed up inside a supermarket in southern France.
  2. U.S. researchers analyzing satellite imagery of a nuclear test site in North Korea report slower activities, which is noteworthy amid the country’s recent desire for dialogue.
  3. The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on 10 Iranians and one Iranian firm for allegedly taking part in cyberattacks against universities around the world.

March 22, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yuka Matsumoto and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. The U.S. Security Council has voted unanimously to extend until April next year the mandate for a panel of experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.
  2. The foreign ministers of Japan and Sweden have agreed to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete action toward denuclearization.
  3. The governor of nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture appears likely to soon reach an agreement with a French trading house to export rice to France.