January 1, Sunday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa


  1. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his cabinet will work toward a better future for the country beyond 2020.
  2. An assailant entered a night club in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations and opened fire, killing at least 35 people.
  3. The United Nations Security Council has welcomed a ceasefire agreement that has been in effect between Syrian government forces and opposition groups since Friday.