Reference | The Week Ahead

The week ahead for Aug. 12 to Aug. 18



  • Mountain Day.
  • Foreign Minister Taro Kono to pay round of visits to Eastern Europe through Aug. 18.
  • National basketball team to face New Zealand in opening of International Basketball Games 2019 in Chiba. NBA player Rui Hachimura will play in Japan for first time after Washington Wizards claimed him with ninth pick in June , making him first Japanese player selected in opening round of NBA draft.
  • Memorial ceremony to be held in village of Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, to mark 34 years since JAL aircraft crash that claimed the lives of 520 passengers and crew members. The crash of Flight 123 is world’s deadliest single-aircraft accident, killing all but four on board.
  • Annual Awa Odori dance festival to be held in city of Tokushima through Aug. 15.


  • Bank of Japan to release preliminary corporate goods price index for July.
  • Organizers of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 to announce detailed schedules of Paralympics’ 22 sports and ticket sales. Paralympics is scheduled to be held between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6 next year. Ticket sales of preceding Olympics, to be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020, have begun with first round of lottery already held and second round underway.
  • Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower expected to occur.


  • Cabinet Office to release machinery orders data for June.
  • 20 years since heavy rain killed 13 campers by Kurokura River in Yamakita, Kanagawa Prefecture.


  • Government to hold Memorial Ceremony for War Dead at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan to mark 74th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. Eyes are on whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cabinet members will visit or make offerings at controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo that enshrines war criminals along with other war dead.


  • Prince Hisahito, his parents Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko to leave for 10-day trip to Bhutan. It will be first overseas visit for 12-year-old prince and also first occasion in which crown prince and prince, who are first and second in line to throne, respectively, visit another country together.
  • Finance Ministry releases preliminary balance of payments statistics for November.
  • Japan and France hold “two plus two” meeting of defense and foreign affairs ministers in Paris. The two countries are expected to agree to deepen maritime security cooperation.
  • The bribery case against Satoshi Uchida, a former executive at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Inc., begins at the Tokyo District Court in what is being described as Japan’s first plea bargain deal.


  • Number of travelers returning from overseas summer holidays to reach its peak.

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