February 7, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

  1. Documents obtained by NHK show that the leadership of the Soviet Union was prepared to offer the handover of two of the four islands claimed by Japan as its biggest concession before negotiations on normalizing diplomatic ties in the 1950s.
  2. Lain American countries that are remaining neutral on the Venezuelan political crisis, such as Mexico and Uruguay, will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo.
  3. The U.S. president has nominated a senior government official known for his harline stance against China as the next World Bank chief.