February 9, Thursday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

1. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to leave for Washington on Thursday for his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
2. A project that takes in Syrian refugees as exchange students is to bear fruit in April following the arrival of the first group of students to Japan.
3. A team led by Japanese scientists has for the first time observed the creation of a new planetary system.