1. Japan and the U.S. have agreed to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea to make the country abandon its nuclear and missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
  2. A defense personnel exchange program between Japan and China has resumed after a 6-year hiatus.
  3. Cuba will convene its parliament on Wednesday. Cuban President Raul Castro is expected to step aside as president, marking an end of nearly 6 decades of leadership under him and his brother Fidel.
April 18, Wednesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Mariko Kojima