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 ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Oct 18, 2020

The week ahead for Oct. 19-25

Monday Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of customs-cleared trade statistics for 1st half of fiscal 2020 and September. In focus is how much exports decreased in September from the year before after double-digit slumps for six straight months through August amid weak global ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Oct 12, 2020

The week ahead for Oct. 12-18

Monday Bank of Japan to release preliminary corporate goods price index for September. Cabinet Office to release machinery orders data for August. In focus is whether Japan's core private-sector machinery orders will remain positive after the leading indicator of capital spending rose 6.3 percent in July ...

Reference Oct 4, 2020

The week ahead for Oct. 5-11

Highlights of Japan-related events for Oct. 5-11: Monday Winner of 2020 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to be announced. Tuesday Winner of 2020 Nobel Prize in physics to be announced. Foreign ministers of Japan, the United States, Australia and India to meet in Tokyo. The ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Sep 29, 2020

The week ahead for Sept. 28 to Oct. 4

Monday Tokyo Disneyland's new area with attractions featuring the "Beauty and the Beast" movie to open. The area will open after a nearly five-month delay due to the pandemic. It houses a facility based on the 2014 animated superhero film "Big Hero 6." Wednesday The Tachikawa branch ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Sep 20, 2020

The week ahead for Sept. 21-27

Monday Respect for the Aged Day, national holiday. Tuesday Autumnal Equinox Day, national holiday. Trade ministers from the Group of 20 major economies to meet online. In the meeting, chaired by Saudi Arabia, the ministers are expected to discuss how to resume economic activities while ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Sep 14, 2020

The week ahead for Sept. 14 to Sept. 20

Monday Liberal Democratic Party to hold presidential election. Three contenders — Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida — are vying for the top post of the ruling party. The winner will replace Shinzo Abe and ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Sep 6, 2020

The week ahead for Sept. 7 to Sept. 13

Monday Cabinet Office to release preliminary composite indexes of economic indicators for July. Tuesday Official campaigning to start in ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential race. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba will contest for leadership ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Aug 30, 2020

The week ahead for Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Monday Cabinet Office to release survey on consumer trends for August. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to release preliminary industrial production index for July. Hiroshima High Court to rule on appeal by state-paid secretary to Diet member Anri Kawai in connection with alleged ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Aug 23, 2020

The week ahead for Aug. 24-30

Monday Shinzo Abe to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister, overtaking great uncle Eisaku Sato, whose record stood at 2,798 uninterrupted days in office. Tokyo to mark a year before opening postponed 2020 Paralympics. Tuesday Tokyo District Court to begin trial of former Justice Minister Katsuyuki ...

Reference | The Week Ahead Aug 16, 2020

The week ahead for Aug. 17-23

Monday Cabinet Office to release preliminary gross domestic product data for April-June quarter. Economists project a third consecutive quarterly contraction and the sharpest annualized decline on record. Tuesday Sapporo District Court to hand down ruling on Takahiro Tsujimoto for a spray-can-linked building explosion in 2018 ...

National | The Week Ahead Aug 9, 2020

The week ahead for Aug. 10-16

Monday Mountain Day national holiday. 32 high schools selected for canceled spring baseball championships to play at Koshien Stadium intermittently through Aug. 17. Tuesday Cabinet Office to release "economy watchers" survey for July. Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for June. Tokyo ...