December 15, Friday, 2023

1. Japan’s new top government spokesperson Hayashi Yoshimasa has vowed to restore public trust in politics under the guidance of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
2. Japan’s new Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa has vowed utmost efforts to realize the early return of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. Hayashi, who assumed the post on Thursday, also took on the role of the minister to deal with the abductions issue. 3. Transport authorities in Beijing says a subway accident in the Chinese capital has left more than 100 people with bone fractures. Chinese media say the accident took place on Thursday evening when the last two carriages detached from the train while running above ground on the Changping line.