December 28, Friday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Mariko Kojima and Ms. Emma Howard

  1. Defense officials of Japan and South Korea have failed to reconcile their differences in the first talks on a dispute concerning a South Korean military ship’s recent radar operations.
  2. Japan’s foreign minister says Japan will make efforts to gain understanding for its decision to pull out of the International Whaling Commission, or IWC.
  3. Tokyo stocks ended the morning session lower on the final trading day of the year.