- Japan’s Emperor Akihito has delivered New Year greetings to the public at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
- The Taiwanese president says the island faces security risks, especially China’s attempts to use the openness and freedom of Taiwan’s democratic system to interfere in its politics and society.
- Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as Brazil’s president. The leaders of Cuba and Venezuela were not invited to the inauguration ceremony.
January 2, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Fumiko Konoe