January 13, Friday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Sarah McDonald and Ms. Mariko Kojima

  1. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense, James Mattis, has pointed to Russia and China as key security challenges.
  2. Japanese and Russian ministers have agreed to draw up a work schedule around the end of March to implement energy deals signed during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan last month.
  3. Researchers in Japan say they have succeeded in creating a small “intestine” from human embryonic stem cells.