December 16, Saturday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms .Risa Shimizu

1. U.S. and North Korea have had a hard time finding common ground at the U.N. Security Council ministerial talks on North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.
2. Palestinians have again staged protest after Friday’s prayers, as part of the ongoing response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this month.
3. Japanese tax collectors are expecting to bring in the highest revenue in decades in the next fiscal year.