February 17, Friday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradan and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. South Korean authorities have arrested the de facto head of the Samsung Group on suspicion of bribery and other charges.
2. The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea have issued a joint statement on North Korea’s ballistic missile launch on Sunday.
3. NHK has learned that 2 women detained by Malaysian police in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam communicated with each other before the incident.