December 17, Sunday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1. North Korea is calling for unity under its leader Kim Jong Un on the 6th anniversary of the death of his father Kim Jong Ill on Sunday.
2. Politicians and intellectuals from Japan and China have exchanged views on how to cope with North Korea.
3. Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai is preparing to set off for the international space station on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.