March 10th, 2018

トランプ大統領が北の人と会談するんだねぇ。良い方に向かうかなぁ。と言ったら、Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. だそう。

1)   White House officials confirm US President Donald Trump accepts the idea of meeting with North Korea’s leader by May.

Trump is tweeting “great progress” is being made.

South Korean delegates made the initial announcement at the White House after they hand-delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

2)   A group of researchers in the United States has found that fake news on Twitter spreads faster and farther than the truth.

The researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 4.5 million tweets on true and false news stories distributed between 2006 and 2017. They published the results in the journal Science

3)   Women around the world took to the streets on International Women’s Day on Thursday, demanding equal rights.

In the Spanish capital of Madrid, women marchers held pots and spoons, demanding equal pay with men and an end to domestic violence. They said housekeeping and childrearing are not only women’s work.

4)   Britain’s top counter terrorism officer says a nerve agent was used on two people who were found unconscious on the weekend.

Mark Rowley of London Metropolitan Police said, “This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent. As you know, these two people remain critically ill in hospital. ”

5)   A finance ministry official who was involved in the sale of state-owned land to a school operator has died.

Investigative sources say the official from the ministry’s local branch in western Japan was found hanging in his residence in Kobe City on Wednesday. He later died. Police say he left what appears to be a suicide note at his home.

6)  NHK has learned that the head of the National Tax Agency intends to step down after coming under fire for his answers to questions in the Diet over the sale of state-owned land to a school operator.

7)   The mayor of Nagasaki has sent a letter to Barack Obama asking the former US president to visit the atomic-bombed city during his planned trip to Japan.

Obama is arranging a visit in late March at the invitation of a private organization.

8)   Criticism is spreading over a footage showing an orangutan puffing on a cigarette in a zoo in Indonesia.

The video was taken on Sunday and posted online by a visitor to the zoo in Bandung.

The footage shows the orangutan puffing on a half-smoked cigarette which was thrown into the animal’s enclosure by another visitor.

9)   Major Asian nations reacted sharply on Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation.

Japan said the move would have a “big impact” on the countries’ close bilateral ties, while China said it was “resolutely opposed” to the decision and South Korea said it may file a complaint to the World Trade Organization.

10)   Trade ministers of 11 countries will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday.

The group does not include the world’s biggest economy, as Trump pulled the US out of the free-trade deal soon after he was elected president.

The ministers will adopt a statement before putting their signatures on the agreement in Santiago, Chile.