• Kyodo



  • Bank of Japan to hold two-day monetary policy meeting.


  • House of Representatives Budget Committee session to be held while the Diet is in recess.
  • Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda to hold news conference. The BOJ will release its Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices after the two-day meeting.
  • Akutagawa and Naoki literary award recipients to be selected.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to launch rocket carrying Mars explorer developed by the United Arab Emirates from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. An H2A rocket carrying the Hope explorer will lift off at 5:51 a.m. and the spacecraft is expected to arrive on Mars in 2021 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
  • Japan Tourism Agency to release data on number of foreign visitors in June.


  • House of Councillors Budget Committee session to be held while the Diet is in recess.
  • Supreme Court’s First Petty Bench to rule on appeal by Megumi Igarashi, a female artist found guilty of obscenity for distributing 3D scans of her genitalia. The Tokyo High Court upheld a lower court decision in April 2017 finding Igarashi guilty of obscenity for distributing the scans, ordering her to pay a fine of ¥400,000. The defendant, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashi-ko (good-for-nothing girl), appealed to the Supreme Court.
  • Japan Business Federation, known as Keidanren, to hold summer forum in Tokyo. Top executives from member companies of Japan’s most influential business lobby are expected to discuss various issues of concern laid bare by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and explore avenues for reviving the nation’s economy. Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi will hold a news conference afterward.


  • International Olympic Committee to hold general assembly. The Olympic committee is expected to discuss during the online assembly ways of simplifying events such as the opening ceremony and cost-cutting under the new schedule for the Tokyo Games, which were postponed by one year amid the coronavirus pandemic.


  • First anniversary of deadly arson attack at Kyoto Animation studio. Shinji Aoba, who was arrested in May after being judged to have recovered sufficiently from life-threatening burns, allegedly torched the animation studio in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward, killing 36 people and injuring 33 others. It is one of Japan’s biggest murder cases in terms of number of victims.
  • G20 finance and central bank chiefs to hold online meeting.


  • 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament to begin at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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