October 17, Wednesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Spanish Minister Pedro Sanchez have agreed to step up cooperation on a wide range of issues including the promotion of multilateral free trade.
  2. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has notified Congress that it intends to start trade talks with Japanese officials. The negotiations are expected to begin as early as January.
  3. Turkish investigators have cancelled another search of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to find out what happened to the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.