January 2, Thursday, 2020 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. A British newspaper says the Lebanese government asked for the return of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn from Japan, 10 days before he flee to Lebanon.
  2. Police in Hong Kong have moved to break up an annual New Year’s Day protest march attended by tens of thousands of people, citing reports of vandalism.
  3. Demonstrators at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad have withdrawn after two days of violent protest.