The week ahead for Aug. 26 to Sept. 1



  • Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike to visit Beijing through Aug. 29 to mark 40th anniversary of sister-city relations.
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to present plans for decommissioning part of reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex in Niigata Prefecture to host city.


  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to release outlook of pension financing after reviewing system for first time in five years.


  • Seventh round of Tokyo International Conference on African Development to be held in Yokohama through Aug. 30, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to promote Japanese investments in continent. Representatives from more than 50 African countries and international organizations will attend meeting, held once every three years.
  • Cabinet order to go into effect to remove South Korea from whitelist of countries given preferential trade status. Move is certain to escalate recent bilateral conflicts over trade policy and wartime history.
  • Government to conduct nationwide test of J-Alert emergency warning system.


  • Cabinet Office to release consumer confidence data for August.
  • Japan Rugby Football Union to announce 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Japan will face Ireland, Russia, Samoa and Scotland in the pool stage of tournament kicking off Sept. 20, aiming to reach quarterfinals and beyond for first time.


  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release unemployment rate for July.
  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to release ratio of jobs offers to job-seekers for July.
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to release preliminary industrial production index for July.
  • Japan Cup international tournament for women’s softball to be held in Gunma Prefecture through Sept. 1.


  • Finance Ministry to finish accepting budgetary requests from government offices for fiscal 2020. Total of budget requests for year beginning next April expected to top ¥100 trillion ($948 billion) and hit fresh record high.
  • Basketball World Cup to be held in China through Sept. 15, with Japan taking part. Top seven ranked teams will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


  • Group of 20 labor ministers to gather in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, through Sept. 2.
  • Government to conduct annual national disaster drill based on scenario that massive earthquake struck Tokyo. Various exercises will also be held across Japan on Disaster Prevention Day.
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