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