March 30, Thursday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Mariko Kojima and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

1. South Korea’s ousted president is at a court hearing that will decide whether she should be arrested. Park Geun-hye is facing a number of changes in connection to a corruption scandal.
2. The Japanese government is to extend for 2 more years the unilateral sanctions against North Korea that are set to expire next month.
3. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as the next Undersecretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.