TOKYO – Highlights of Japan-related events for Sept. 16-22:
Sept. 16 (MON)
— Emperor Naruhito to visit Niigata Prefecture.
Sept. 17 (TUES)
— Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling on Yuri Funato, mother of 5-year-old girl who died last year after allegedly being mistreated at home.
Prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison term for the mother, who has admitted parental neglect resulting in the girl’s death. The defense team has argued that Funato was powerless to stop her then-husband physically abusing the girl, arguing she had been subjected by him to psychological abuse.
Sept. 18 (WED)
— Finance Ministry to release preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for August.
— Bank of Japan to hold two-day meeting of decision-making Policy Board.
With consumption tax set to rise in Japan from Oct. 1, whether the Bank of Japan alters its policies will be a focal point. The meeting also comes at a time when the U.S. Federal Reserve has been strengthening monetary easing policies to prevent a potential stalling of economic momentum due to the China-U.S. trade war.
— Japan National Tourism Organization to release number of foreign visitors in August.
In July, the estimated number of foreign visitors rose 5.6 percent from a year earlier to 2,991,200, an all-time high for any month. By country, China ranked first at 1,050,500, up 19.5 percent and surpassing the 1 million mark for the first time. South Korea, which ranked second, fell 7.6 percent to 561,700, with the deterioration in bilateral ties attributed as a factor.
Sept. 19 (THURS)
— Cabinet Office to release September monthly economic report.
— Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling on former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. over Fukushima nuclear crisis.
The three men have been indicted for failing to take measures against the massive tsunami and causing the deaths of 44 hospital inpatients and injuries to 13 others during the evacuations prompted by core meltdowns and hydrogen explosions at the plant. Court-appointed lawyers acting as prosecutors have called for a five-year prison term.
— Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda to hold press conference.
— Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to release average land prices.
Sept. 20 (FRI)
— Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan through Nov. 2.
A total of 48 matches will be played at stadiums in 12 prefectures in Asia’s first Rugby World Cup, with the tournament opener between Japan and Russia to be held at Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto Stadium).
— Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release nationwide consumer price index for August.
— Apple iPhone 11 to go on sale.
Equipped with three rear-facing cameras, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will have 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays, respectively. The standard iPhone 11 will come in six colors.
Sept. 21 (SAT)
— No major events.
Sept. 22 (SUN)
— Final day of the 2019 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.