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  • January 18, 2019
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NHK led with a report saying that coordination is underway for Foreign Minister Kono to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang in Switzerland on Jan. 23, noting this will be their first meeting since the ROK Supreme Court’s ruling on requisitioned workers in October. NTV, TV Asahi, and Fuji TV reported on snowstorms in northern Japan since yesterday, while TBS’s top story said that the DPRK leader’s close aide Kim Yong Chol is expected to arrive in Washington shortly, speculating that this might mean that a second U.S.-DPRK summit will take place soon.


Top items in national papers included Hitachi’s official decision to suspend work on a nuclear plant construction project in the UK, the Labor Ministry’s inappropriate handling of labor data, and Tokyo prosecutors’ ongoing probe into alleged wrongdoing by former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Asahi alleged that Ghosn used $35 million from his “CEO reserve” fund to return $30 million that he owed to a friend in Oman who owns a Nissan car dealership there.  

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