• Kyodo



  • Diet to convene for 150-day regular session.
  • BOJ to hold two-day monetary policy meeting.
  • Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to begin three-day visit to Japan.
  • Australian Open to start in Melbourne. From Japan, defending champion Naomi Osaka will be the women’s third seed.


  • BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda to hold news conference.
  • Wednesday
  • Cabinet Office to release monthly economic report for January.
  • Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines to hold joint drill through Feb. 8 in Hokkaido.


  • Finance Ministry to release customs-cleared trade statistics for December, whole of 2019. Japan logged a goods trade deficit of ¥1.20 trillion in 2018, the first red ink in three years. The figure for 2019 is expected to remain in a deficit.
  • Tokyo High Court to rule on appeal filed by residents near U.S. Yokota Air Base to stop nighttime and early morning flights.


  • Six months to go before Olympics.
  • Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry to release nationwide consumer price index for December.
  • BOJ to release minutes of Dec. 18-19 Policy Board meeting.


  • Memorial event for Tetsu Nakamura, doctor and aid worker murdered in Afghanistan in December, to take place in Fukuoka. The 73-year-old Nakamura, who was head of the Peshawar-kai aid group based in Fukuoka, contributed to the development of the war-torn country for many years.
  • International animated film society ASIFA-Hollywood to announce winners of Annie Awards in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Makoto Shinkai’s “Tenki no Ko” (“Weathering With You”) is among the nominees in four categories — Best Indie Feature, Best FX for Feature, Best Direction-Feature and Best Writing-Feature.


  • Grammy Awards to take place in Los Angeles. Jazz composer Miho Hazama’s “Dancer in Nowhere” was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.