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The Kawai scandal and the race to succeed Shinzo Abe

Reference | FYI Feb 3, 2020

The Kawai scandal and the race to succeed Shinzo Abe

by Eric Johnston

Hiroshima-based Liberal Democratic Party Diet member Anri Kawai admitted in January to receiving ¥150 million from LDP headquarters prior to the July 2019 Upper House election. Kawai, a novice in national politics, is also the wife of disgraced former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, who ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Feb 2, 2020

The week ahead for Feb. 3 to Feb. 9

Monday Japan Automobile Dealers Association to release data on new motor vehicle sales in Japan for January. The Otsu District Court will hold the first hearing of a retrial in a case about the 2003 death of a hospital patient in which a former ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 26, 2020

The week ahead for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

Monday House of Representatives Budget Committee to hold question-and-answer sessions for two days on supplementary budget draft for fiscal 2019. Tuesday Business lobby Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) to hold two-day management-labor forum in Tokyo, effectively starting the annual spring wage talks. Representatives of the Japanese ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 19, 2020

The week ahead for Jan. 20 to Jan. 26

Monday 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. Tuesday ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 12, 2020

The week ahead for Jan. 13 to Jan. 19

Monday Coming of Age Day national holiday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit United Arab Emirates. Abe is calling for efforts to stabilize region amid simmering tensions between Iran and United States. Five-day tour began Saturday in Saudi Arabia and will also take him ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 5, 2020

The week ahead for Jan. 6 to Jan. 12

Monday First working day of 2020 for most companies and government offices. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Grand Shrines of Ise in Mie Prefecture, hold news conference. Tokyo Stock Exchange to hold first trading session of year after benchmark Nikkei average saw its ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Dec 29, 2019

The week ahead for Dec. 30 to Jan. 5

Monday Tokyo Stock Exchange to conduct year's last trading session. The Nikkei average has added 19.1 percent since the start of 2019 and closed at 23,837.72 points on Friday, trading at its highest level in about 14 months. Annual Japan Record Awards to be ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Dec 22, 2019

The week ahead for Dec. 23 to Dec. 29

Monday Former Emperor Akihito to turn 86. The former emperor will mark his first birthday since he abdicated on April 30. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Emperor Naruhito, the following day. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave for three-day China visit. Abe ...