May 16, Wednesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Risa Shimizu and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. North Korea says it will suspend high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday.
  2. The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor and 3 other individuals, accusing them of involvement in funding the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah.
  3. Japanese government data on preliminary GDP figures for the January-to-March period shows that the country’s economy shrank for the first time in 9 quarters.