- South Korea did not take a stance on Japan’s call for talks on the wartime labor issue at a meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers.
- The Japanese prime minister says he hopes to hold telephone talks with the U.S. president before a second U.S.-North Korea summit planned for next month.
- Pope Francis has expressed his desire to visit Japan this November. It will be his first trip to Japan as head of the Catholic Church.
January 24, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yuka Matsumoto and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai.