Reference | The Week Ahead

The week ahead for Sept. 16 to Sept. 22



  • Emperor Naruhito to visit Niigata Prefecture.


  • Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling on Yuri Funato, mother of the 5-year-old girl who died last year after allegedly being mistreated at home. Prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison term for the mother, who has admitted to parental neglect resulting in the girl’s death. The defense team argued Funato was powerless to stop her then-husband from physically abusing the girl because of psychological abuse.


  • Finance Ministry to release preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for August.
  • BOJ Policy Board to hold two-day meeting. With consumption tax set to rise from Oct. 1, whether the BOJ alters its policies will be a focal point. The meeting comes at a time when the U.S. Federal Reserve has been strengthening monetary easing to prevent economic momentum from stalling due to the U.S.-China trade war.
  • Japan National Tourism Organization to release visitor count for August. In July, the estimated number of foreign visitors rose 5.6 percent from a year earlier to 2,991,200 — an all-time high for any month. By country, China ranked first at 1,050,500, up 19.5 percent and surpassing 1 million for the first time. South Korea, ranked second, fell 7.6 percent to 561,700, with the deterioration of ties with Japan cited as a factor.


  • Cabinet Office to release September monthly economic report.
  • Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling on former executives of Tokyo Electric regarding the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The three men have been indicted for failing to take measures against the massive tsunami that caused the deaths of 44 hospital patients and injured 13 others during evacuations prompted by core meltdowns and hydrogen explosions at the plant. Court-appointed lawyers acting as prosecutors have called for five-year prison terms.
  • BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda to hold news conference.
  • Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry to release land price averages.


  • Rugby World Cup begins. A total of 48 matches through Nov. 2 will be played at stadiums in 12 prefectures in Asia’s first RWC, with the tournament opener between Japan and Russia to be held at Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto Stadium).
  • Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry to release nationwide consumer price index for August.
  • Apple iPhone 11 to go on sale. Equipped with three rear-facing cameras, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will have 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays, respectively. The standard iPhone 11 will come in six colors.


  • Final day of Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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