- Japan and the United States have agreed to continue applying maximum pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete action toward denuclearization.
- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has reiterated that he will not resign. Opposition parties are demanding that he step down to take responsibility for the ministry’s document-tampering scandal.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping has been reelected for his second 5-year term at China’s National People’s Congress. His key ally, Wang Qishan, was elected as vice president.
March 17, Saturday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Fumiko Konoe