• Kyodo



  • Over 50 regional banks to start introducing the J-Coin cashless payment system developed by Mizuho Financial Group. Transactions will be processed through a smartphone app using Quick Response two-dimensional barcode.
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit Kyoto and Nara prefectures through March 28.
  • Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling in damages suit over constitutionality of legal ban on married couples from having different surnames.


  • Japanese men’s soccer team to take on Bolivia in friendly match at Kobe’s Noevir Stadium.


  • Nissan Motor’s corporate governance committee to release final report. It is expected to propose reducing the power of the chairman’s post following the dismissal of former CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested for alleged financial misconduct at the carmaker.
  • Pioneer to be delisted from Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section. The struggling auto electronics maker has agreed to be fully owned by a Hong Kong-based investment fund in return for a capital injection.


  • The Kumamoto District Court to hand down ruling in retrial of man over a 1985 murder. The court is expected to acquit the man, who has already served a prison term, as prosecutors have dropped the charges against him.


  • Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry to release unemployment rate for February.
  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to release ratio of job offers to job-seekers for February.
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry to release preliminary industrial production index for February. Focus is on how strongly the index could rebound following a 3.4 percent decline in January amid slowing exports mainly due to China’s economic downturn.
  • Opening games of NPB’s Central and Pacific leagues to be held.


No major events.


  • Furniture store operator Otsuka Kagu to hold annual shareholders meeting.

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