March 25, Monday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Emma Howard and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

  1. Tokyo stocks tumbled on Monday with the Nikkei Average Index temporarily dropping more than 700 points from last week.
  2. Japan’s government has revealed that on March 14 it officially selected multiple experts to consider a new name for the era of the nation’s next emperor.
  3. An NHK poll has revealed that 19 percent of local assemblies across Japan have no female members.

March 23, Saturday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

  1. The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution condemning North Korea. The resolution calls for the return of Japanese and other nationals abducted by the North.
  2. U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
  3. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has called on world leaders to promote girls’ education.

March 22, Friday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Emma Howard and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. The European Union has agreed to extend the U.K.’s exit from the bloc with conditions.
  2. Senior foreign ministry officials of Japan and Russia have exchanged views to narrow their differences over peace treaty negotiations before a possible bilateral summit meeting.
  3. Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki of the U.S. Major League’s Seattle Mariners has announced his retirement.

March 21, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yuka Matsumoto and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. U.S. President Donald Trump says the U.S. may keep tariffs on Chinese good for a substantial period until it confirms that Beijing complies with any trade agreement.
  2. British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to delay her country’s departure from the bloc until June 30.
  3. A group of advocates for the abolition of nuclear weapons has delivered to Pope Francis a flame kept alight since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

March 20, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. Government officials of South Korea say the U.S. intelligence chief is visiting the country to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea.
  2. American media have reported that the U.S. and China will return to the table next week for ministerial-level talks in Beijing aimed at reaching a trade deal.
  3. A Japanese space research team says it has confirmed the presence of water on the asteroid Ryugu, where the Hayabusa 2 probe is operating.

March 19, Tuesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

  1. Japan’s government has approved revision to its child abuse prevention law following a series of high-profile abuse cases in which victims have died.
  2. The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee is expected to announce his intention to resign at a JOC board meeting.
  3. The British government is still without parliamentary approval on a Brexit deal after the Speaker of the House of Commons blocked a third vote on the prime minister’s plan.

March 18, Monday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Emma Howard

  1. New Zealand is mourning after its worst mass shooting in modern history.
  2. United States Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat who is known as an active proponent of the “Me Too” movement against sexual harassment, has declared her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race.
  3. Investigative sources say an official of a company operating a ranch in China is suspected of asking a Japanese man to export fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle.

March 17, Sunday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa


  1. New Zealand’s police commissioner has stressed that at this moment only one suspect, Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with murder for the shootings at two mosques.
  2. Yellow vest protesters have taken to the streets across France for the 18th straight weekend. Some of them turned violent.
  3. The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee has informed his associates that he will step down, in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics.