February 2, Thursday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradan and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

1.U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is set to start a tour toward South Korea and Japan on Thursday.
2. Japan and Russia have agreed to hold the first round of bilateral talks on joint economic activities on 4 Russian-held islands in Tokyo in March.
3. A Japanese engineer has been chosen as one of the winners for this year’s Queen Elizabeth Prize for engineering. The recipient has been recognized for the development of digital technology.