Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 17, 2021

The week ahead for Jan. 18-24

Monday Diet to convene for 150-day regular session. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will deliver policy speech, in which he is expected to stress his determination to contain the coronavirus pandemic. During the session, the government plans to submit bills, including to revise the special ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 10, 2021

The week ahead for Jan. 11-17

Monday Coming of Age Day. Municipalities typically hold ceremonies for new adults, with young women wearing lavish kimono, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced some Coming of Age ceremonies in the Tokyo metropolitan area to be canceled or postponed. Tuesday Cabinet Office to release results ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Jan 3, 2021

The week ahead for Jan. 4-10

Monday Most companies, government offices to have first working day of 2021. Tokyo Stock Exchange to have first trading session of 2021. The benchmark Nikkei ended 2020 at its highest year-end close since 1989 despite the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts expect ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Dec 27, 2020

The week ahead for Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Monday Most Japanese companies, government offices to have final working day of year. Temporary halt on government's Go To Travel domestic tourism subsidies to be in place through Jan. 11. The measure aimed at curbing the further spread of the novel coronavirus by not ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Dec 20, 2020

The week ahead for Dec. 21-27

Monday Cabinet to approve drafts of initial budget for fiscal 2021. The initial budget for the year starting in April will total around ¥106.61 trillion, a record high for the ninth straight year, as the Cabinet plans to add ¥5 trillion to reserve funds ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Dec 13, 2020

The week ahead for Dec. 14-20

Monday Bank of Japan to release December tankan business sentiment survey. Economists estimate the diffusion index showing confidence among major manufacturers will improve for a second straight quarter to minus 14, after falling to an 11-year low of minus 34 in the June survey due ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Dec 6, 2020

The week ahead for Dec. 7-13

Monday Cabinet Office to release preliminary composite indexes of economic indicators for October. The International Olympic Committee to hold online governing board meeting through Dec. 11. Tuesday Cabinet Office to release revised gross domestic product data for July-September quarter. Japan's economy expanded an annualized real ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Nov 22, 2020

The week ahead for Nov. 23-29

Monday Labor Thanksgiving Day. Tuesday Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to make two-day visit to Japan. Wang will hold talks with his counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, to discuss the restart of business travel and major political issues, including tensions surrounding the Senkaku Islands, claimed by China. ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Nov 15, 2020

The week ahead for Nov. 16-22

Monday NASA to launch SpaceX spacecraft with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and three other astronauts aboard. The U.S. space agency will launch the spacecraft developed by SpaceX, founded by billionaire Tesla Inc. co-founder Elon Musk. The launch was pushed back one day due to ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Nov 9, 2020

The week ahead for Nov. 9-15

Monday Cabinet Office to release preliminary composite indexes of economic indicators for September. Bank of Japan to release summary of opinions from Oct. 28-29 Policy Board meeting. SoftBank Group Corp. to release earnings for 1st half through September. In the quarter ended in June, SoftBank Group posted ...

Reference Nov 1, 2020

The week ahead for Nov. 2-8

Monday Japan Automobile Dealers Association to release sales figures for October. Tuesday Culture Day national holiday. Government to announce recipients of annual fall decorations. Popular boy band Arashi to stream postponed concert at new National Stadium. A live event was planned for May to set the mood for the ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Oct 25, 2020

The week ahead for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Monday Extraordinary Diet session to be convened. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will deliver his policy speech at the opening. During the session running through Dec. 5, the opposition camp is expected to grill him over the government response to the coronavirus pandemic as well ...