Highlights of Japan-related events for May 13-19:
May 13 (MON)
— Cabinet Office to release preliminary composite indexes of economic indicators for March. The focus is on whether the office will downgrade its assessment of the coincident index after saying the January and February readings suggest the Japanese economy has hit “a possible turning point” to the downside amid slowing exports and production.
— “Saiden Tentei no gi” ritual to be held at Imperial Palace. A green sea turtles’ shell will be burned and cracks on their surface will determine two prefectures that supply crops to be used in the “Daijosai,” an important thanksgiving ceremony to be led by the new emperor, in mid-November.
May 14 (TUES)
— Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for March and fiscal 2018.
— Cabinet Office to release monthly “economy watchers” survey for April.
— Nissan Motor Co. to release earnings report for fiscal 2018. Still reeling from the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn for alleged financial misconduct, the automaker likely saw sales and profits decline from the previous year on falling demand in the key U.S. market. It will also release earnings projections for fiscal 2019.
May 15 (WED)
— 47th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty from U.S. occupation. While the southern prefecture has become one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations, it continues to host the bulk of the U.S. military presence in the country, a source of resentment for many residents.
— Government to conduct nationwide test of J-Alert, its emergency warning system.
May 16 (THURS)
— Campaigning to start for Aomori gubernatorial election.
— Chiba District Court to begin trial of woman charged in abuse-linked death of 10-year-old daughter. Prosecutors believe Nagisa Kurihara allowed her husband to deprive Mia Kurihara of food and sleep for two days and repeatedly douse the girl with cold water before she died in the bathroom of their home in January.
— Bank of Japan to release preliminary corporate goods price index for April.
May 17 (FRI)
— No major events.
May 18 (SAT)
— 58th NHK Cup International Gymnastics Tournament to be held through Sunday in Chofu, Tokyo. Kakeru Tanigawa and Mai Murakami are among the favorites going into the competition, which doubles as a qualifier for Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in October.
May 19 (SUN)
— No major events.