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Reference | The Week Ahead Mar 16, 2020

The week ahead for March 18 to March 22

Wednesday Finance Ministry to release preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for February. Japan posted a trade deficit for three straight months through January due to the global economic slowdown. The February result could show a further slowing of exports amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Japan ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Mar 1, 2020

The week ahead for March 2 to March 8

Monday Upper House Budget Committee to start question-and-answer sessions over budget draft for fiscal 2020. Opposition parties are expected to grill Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the government's initial handling of the new coronavirus outbreak that has been expanding in Japan. Finance Ministry to ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Feb 23, 2020

The week ahead for Feb. 24 to March 1

Monday IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi to arrive for visit through Friday. Will hold meetings with Japanese officials and inspect crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Japan Sumo Association to release latest rikishi rankings for Spring Grand Sumo Tournament starting March 8. Tuesday Agriculture, Forestry ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Feb 16, 2020

The week ahead for Feb. 17 to Feb. 23

Monday Cabinet Office to release preliminary gross domestic product data for October-December. Otsu District Court to hand down ruling over fatal accident in which car rammed into toddlers and killed two of them in Shiga Prefecture in May. Prosecutors to demand punishment for Satoshi ...

Reference Feb 10, 2020

The week ahead for Feb. 10 to Feb. 16

Monday 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. Tuesday National Foundation Day. Wednesday SoftBank Group Corp. to announce April-December financial results. Labor unions at major manufacturers to ...

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 ...

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