2019 is stacking up to be a busy year for Japan. Here is a month-by-month schedule of some of the more important events domestically and worldwide.

Politics Business General news Domestic sports World Anniversaries
Jan. Toward end of month: Diet to convene
21 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
4 First trading day of year (Tokyo)
16-18 Robot Development and Application
Expo (Tokyo)
16-18 Autonomous Driving Technology
Expo (Tokyo)
5 First auction of year at Toyosu fish
market (Tokyo)
7 ¥1,000 tourism tax kicks in for all
departures from Japan
14 Coming of Age Day
15 Toyosu market’s tuna auction to be
opened to public
19-20 University entrance exams begin
2-3 Tokyo-Hakone Collegiate Ekiden
13-27 New Year Grand Sumo Tournament
(Tokyo)
6 Golden Globe Awards (Los Angeles)
14-17 Tennis: Australian Open (Melbourne,
Australia)
20 Anniversary of U.S. President Donald
Trump’s inauguration
22-25 World Economic Forum (Davos,
Switzerland)
90th year since
Japan and Iran
established
diplomatic
relations
100th year since
Japan and Poland
established
diplomatic
relations
100th year since
Japan and Finland
established
diplomatic
relations
100th year since
Japan and Paraguay
established
diplomatic
relations
120th year since
Japanese began
emigrating to Peru
120th year since
Japan and Greece
established
diplomatic
relations
150th year since
Japan and Austria
established
diplomatic
relations
Feb. 6-8 Manufacturing World Japan exhibition
(Tokyo)
6-8 3D Printing Expo (Tokyo)
22-23 Slush Tokyo 2019 (Tokyo)
2/27-3/1 World Smart Energy Week 2019
(Tokyo)
4-11 Sapporo City Winter Festival
15-16 Yokote Kamakura Igloo Festival
(Akita)
23 Crown Prince Naruhito’s 59th birthday
24 Anniversary of the Emperor’s ascension
to the throne
3 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
22 Opening match of J. League soccer
season
1 Soccer: Asia Cup final (United Arab
Emirates)
3 NFL: Super Bowl (Atlanta)
10 Grammy Awards (Los Angeles)
24 Academy Awards (Los Angeles)
Mar. 14-15 “B20” (Business 20) G20 engagement group meeting (Tokyo)
23-24 “W20” (Women 20) G20 engagement group meeting (Tokyo)
5-8 Japan Shop 2019 (Tokyo)
13-15 Japan Drone 2019 — Expo for
Commercial UAS Market (Chiba)
23-26 Anime Japan 2019 (Tokyo)
27-29 Fashion World Tokyo (Spring)
(Tokyo)
1 Japanese Academy Awards (Tokyo)
18-23 Tokyo Fall Winter Collection
3 Tokyo Marathon
10-24 Spring Grand Sumo Tournament
(Osaka)
20-23 World Figure Skating
Championships (Saitama)
20-21 MLB: Oakland Athletics play Seattle
Mariners in Tokyo
29 NPB: Opening games of season
28 MLB: Season opener
29 U.K. scheduled to leave European
Union
April 1 Work-style reforms take effect
1 A revised immigration control law takes
effect; Japan expected to let an estimated
340,000 workers enter the country in next
five years
21 A round of local elections
TBD: “C20” (Civil 20) G20 engagement group meeting (Tokyo)
3-5 Artificial Intelligence Expo (Tokyo)
25-27 Japan Hobby Show 2019 (Tokyo)
1 New era name to be announced
4/27-5/6 Ten-day vacation to celebrate
next Emperor’s ascension to the throne
30 Emperor Akihito abdicates throne
26-28 National Artistic Gymnastics
Championships (Gunma)
28 Tenno-sho horse racing (Kyoto)
29 National Judo Championships (Tokyo)
11-14 Golf: The Masters (Augusta, Georgia)
15 Boston Marathon
21-28 World Table Tennis Championships
(Budapest)
28 London Marathon
May 8-12 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Convention (Kyoto)
11-12 G20 agricultural ministers convention (Niigata)
28-31 “Y20” (Youth 20) G20 engagement group convention (Tokyo)
Earnings report season begins
22-24 Sportec for Leisure & Game (Tokyo)
29-31 International Drone Expo 2019
(Tokyo)
1 Crown Prince Naruhito to ascend the
throne; new era starts
3-5 Hakata Dragonfly Port
Festival (Fukuoka)
5/11-10/15 Nagara River
Cormorant fishing season begins
(Gifu)
16-19 Sanja Matsuri (Tokyo)
12-26 Summer Grand Sumo Tournament
(Tokyo)
18-19 Gymnastics NHK Trophy (Tokyo)
2-5 Asian Development Bank meeting
(Nadi, Fiji)
14-25 Cannes Festival (France)
16-19 Golf: PGA Championship (New York)
23-26 European Parliament election
5/27-6/9 Tennis: French Open (Paris)
June 8-9 G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting (Fukuoka)
8-9 G20 trade, digital economy ministers meeting (Ibaraki)
15-16 G20 ministers meeting on energy transitions and global environment for sustainable growth (Nagano)
28-29 G20 Meeting (Osaka)
Shareholders meetings season begins
13-16 International Tokyo Toy Show 2019
23 Okinawa Memorial Day
1 Soccer: UEFA Champions League final
(Madrid)
6/7-7/7 Soccer: FIFA Women’s World Cup
(France)
11-13 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)
2019 (Los Angeles)
22-23 ASEAN leaders summit (Thailand)
July TBD: Upper House election 17-19 4K/8K Technology Expo (Tokyo)
17-19 5G/IoT Network Expo (Tokyo)
1-15 Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival
(Fukuoka)
1-31 Gion Festival (Kyoto)
17 Lunar eclipse in west Japan
26-28 Fuji Rock Festival ’19 (Niigata)
27 Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Tokyo)
7/27-8/4 International Cosplay Summit
(Nagoya)
7-21 Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament
12 NPB: All-Star Series, Game 1 (Tokyo)
13 NPB: All-Star Series, Game 2 (Hyogo)
1-14 Tennis: Wimbledon (London)
7 Soccer: FIFA Women’s World Cup final
(Lyon, France)
9 MLB: All-Star Game
12-18 FINA World Swimming
Championships (Gwangju, South Korea)
18-21 Golf: Open Championship (Portrush,
U.K.)
Aug. 6 Anniversary of Hiroshima A-bombing
9 Anniversary of Nagasaki A-bombing
15 Anniversary of end of World War II
28-30 TICAD (Yokohama)
9-12 Comic Market 96 (Tokyo)
20-22 Life Ending Industry Expo 2019
(Tokyo)
2-7 Aomori Nebuta Festival
3-6 Akita Kanto Festival
5-7 Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
6-8 Sendai Tanabata Festival
16-17 Rising Sun Rock Festival
(Hokkaido)
31 Asakusa Samba Carnival Parade Contest
(Tokyo)
4-20 National High School Baseball
Championship (Hyogo)
8/25-9/1 World Judo Championships
19-25 Badminton World Championships
(Basel, Switzerland)
25-27 G7 meeting (Biarritz, France)
8/26-9/8 Tennis: U.S. Open (New York)
8/29-9/8 Venice Film Festival
Sept. 1 Disaster Prevention Day
1-2 G20 labor ministers meeting (Ehime)
3-5 Japan-South Korea governors meeting (Kagawa)
12-15 Tokyo Game Show 2019 (Chiba) 12 Hotel Okura opens new main building
15 Yamagata Imoni Matsuri, Japan’s biggest
taro pot festival
8-22 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament
(Tokyo)
15 Qualification meet for Olympic
marathon (Tokyo)
9/20-11/2 Rugby World Cup
17-30 U.N. General Assembly (New York)
15-22 Asian Table Tennis Championships
(Bali, Indonesia)
27-10/6 IAAF World Championships
(Doha)
29 Berlin Marathon
Oct. 19-20 G20 health ministers meeting (Okayama)
25-26 G20 tourism ministers meeting (Hokkaido)
1 Consumption tax set to rise to 10%
15-18 Combined Exhibition of Advanced
Technologies Japan 2019 (Chiba)
10/24-11/4 Tokyo Motor Show 2019
7-9 Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
22 Ceremony to proclaim enthronement
of new Emperor; procession to show him
to public and receive their good wishes
18-27 Designart Tokyo
16 Wheelchair Rugby World Challenge
2019 (Tokyo)
18-19 ITU World Triathlon Series
(Yokohama)
19 NPB: Japan Series opener
27 Tenno-sho horse racing
Nov.
19 Shinzo Abe to tie Taro Katsura’s record for prime minister (2,886 days)
22-23 G20 foreign ministers meeting (Nagoya)
2-4 Karatsu Kunchi Festival (Saga)
3 Order of Cultural Merit Award
Presentation Ceremony (Tokyo)
14-15 First ceremonial offering of rice by
new Emperor
21 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau wine release
23-24 B-1 Grand Prix (Hyogo)
2 Rugby World Cup Final (Yokohama)
10-24 Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament
(Fukuoka)
24 GI Japan Cup horse racing (Tokyo)
TBD: New National Stadium completed
3 New York City Marathon
11 Online retailers in China give discounts
on “Single’s Day”
16-17 APEC leaders summit (Santiago)
Dec. 28-31 Comic Market 97 (Tokyo)
30 Last trading day of year (Tokyo)
2 U-Can New Words and Buzzword Awards
to be announced
12 Announcement of “Kanji of the Year”
(Kyoto)
26 Solar eclipse
22 Arima Kinen horse racing (Chiba) 10 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (Sweden
and Norway)
11-15 Badminton World Tour Final
(Guangzhou, China)
12-15 Table Tennis World Tour Grand Final
(TBD)
Anniversaries

90th year since Japan and Iran established diplomatic relations

100th year since Japan and Poland established diplomatic relations

100th year since Japan and Finland established diplomatic relations

100th year since Japan and Paraguay established diplomatic relations

120th year since Japanese began emigrating to Peru

120th year since Japan and Greece established diplomatic relations

150th year since Japan and Austria established diplomatic relations