June 12, Wednesday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left Tokyo for Tehran amid rising tensions caused by the rift between Iran and the United States.

2. U.S. President Donald Trump says he has received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, just before the one-year anniversary of their first summit.

3. A Japanese researcher says ocean currents can carry plastic waste from Japan as far as North America.