Reference | The Week Ahead

The week ahead for July 29 to Aug. 4

Kyodo

Monday

  • Bank of Japan to hold two-day monetary policy meeting. The focus is whether the central bank will change its policy at a time when the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are considering additional monetary easing amid signs of global economic stagnation in the wake of the lingering trade dispute between the United States and China. After the two-day meeting, a quarterly growth and price outlook report will also be released.

Tuesday

  • Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda to hold news conference.
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release unemployment rate for June.
  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to release ratio of job offers to job seekers for June.
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to release preliminary industrial production index for June.
  • Ruling to be handed down at the Tokyo District Court for Junnosuke Taguchi, the former member of Japanese all-male idol group Kat-tun who has been charged with possessing marijuana.
  • Sony Corp. to release earnings for April-June quarter.
  • Nintendo Co. to release earnings for April-June quarter.

Wednesday

  • Panasonic Corp. to release earnings for April-June quarter.

Thursday

  • Extraordinary Diet session to convene to pick the Upper House’s new president and vice president following the election on July 21, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition scored a solid win. Emperor Naruhito is expected to attend the opening of the Diet for the first time since ascending the throne in May.
  • Japan Automobile Dealers Association to release new motor vehicle sales data for July.
  • Kyushu Railway Co. to begin running a special shinkansen featuring Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse between Fukuoka and Kagoshima prefectures.

Friday

  • Bank of Japan to release minutes of June 19-20 Policy Board meeting.
  • Toyota Motor Corp. to release earnings report for April-June quarter. Japan’s biggest automaker has seen solid sales in China and Europe but may see the effects of the yen’s bigger-than-expected appreciation that erodes overseas profits when converted into the home currency.
  • Honda Motor Co. to release earnings for April-June quarter.
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum to convene in Bangkok. Foreign ministers from nearly 30 countries — including China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and the 10-member ASEAN — are expected to join the annual regional security gathering. On the margins, Foreign Minister Taro Kono may hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at a time when Tokyo-Seoul ties have fallen to their lowest point in years due to disputes over wartime history and trade policy.

Saturday

  • No major events.

Sunday

  • Sailing World Championship for the 470 class to be held off Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture, until Aug. 9.