January 9, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government plans to soon ask South Korea for talks based on a 1965 bilateral deal to discuss the recent court-ordered seizure of assets of a Japanese firm.
  2. NHK has learned that former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn allegedly tried to loan millions of dollars of company funds to a Saudi businessman as part of the efforts to obtain a credit guarantee for his financial deals.
  3. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left for the Netherlands and Britain for separate summit talks with the countries’ leaders.