January 19, Friday, 2024

1. Tokyo prosecutors have indicted several people over a political funds scandal involving factions of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. A former chief treasurer of the faction that was led until recently by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio received a summary indictment.
2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again indicated negative views on establishing a Palestinian state.
3. Consumer prices in Japan rose at their fastest pace in over four decades last year. Food saw especially sharp price rises.