December 23, Monday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Eriko Kojima

1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left for China to attend a three-way summit with Chinese and South Korean leaders.

2. South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for former justice minister Cho Kuk.

3. Trade ministers from Japan, China, and South Korea have agreed to speed up free trade negotiations.