December 19, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

1. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

2. The top diplomats of Japan and Russia will meet later on Thursday for talks on concluding a peace treaty.

3. The Japanese defense minister has conveyed strong concerns to his Chinese counterpart about Beijing’s increasing maritime activity, while expressing hopes for building mutual trust through exchanges.