The week ahead for Feb. 10 to Feb. 16



  • Cabinet Office to release results of monthly “economy watchers” survey for January.
  • Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for December, whole of 2019.


  • National Foundation Day.


  • SoftBank Group Corp. to announce April-December financial results.
  • Labor unions at major manufacturers to submit wage hike requests.


  • Nissan Motor Co. to release April-December earnings. The automaker’s sales have been flagging in the U.S. and European markets, hit by a delay in the introduction of new models. Concerns are also growing over auto demand in China following the new coronavirus outbreak in the country.
  • Online mall operator Rakuten Inc. to report earnings for 2019.
  • The first hearing of trial of Junya Hida, who was arrested in 2018 for allegedly stealing food at a shop in Yamaguchi Prefecture after escaping from a police station in Osaka Prefecture, to be held at Sakai branch of Osaka District Court. Originally arrested for alleged rape and other crimes, Hida, 32, was being detained at Tondabayashi Police Station when he broke out of a room where he had met with his lawyer. He was put on a nationwide wanted list and police had mobilized about 4,000 officers to search for him.


  • Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling on man over incident last April in which knives were found on Prince Hisahito’s classroom desk at a Tokyo junior high school. Kaoru Hasegawa, 57, admitted to trespassing and other charges during his first court hearing. Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month prison term, saying the defendant “had always held a personal interest in the imperial system” and “his motive was to draw public attention.” The defense team has sought a suspended sentence.


  • Japan’s Super Rugby franchise Sunwolves host the New Zealand-based Chiefs in Tokyo.


  • Soccer’s Levain Cup (J. League Cup) gets underway with the first round of group stage fixtures. Holders Kawasaki Frontale host Shimizu S-Pulse in one of eight matches.
  • Nippon Professional Baseball starts preseason games. Ex-Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka in spotlight after returning to his first club, the Seibu Lions, at age 39. Regular season for both Central and Pacific leagues to start earlier than usual on March 20, with a 23-day break scheduled between July and August for the Olympics.
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