April 16, Tuesday, 2024

1. Official campaigning for three Lower House by-elections on April 28 began in Japan on Tuesday. In the No.1 district of Shimane Prefecture, the by-election is being held following the death of former Lower House speaker Hosoda Hiroyuki in November.
2. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has expressed his intention to promote dialogue with the opposition camp following his party’s crushing defeat in a parliamentary election held last Wednesday. The ruling People Power Party suffered a major blow when the opposition parties retained their majority.
3. Japan’s annual diplomatic calls for the promotion of strategic and mutually beneficial ties with China for the first time in five years. The report says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the worsening situation in the Middle East have complicated the structure of global divisions.