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Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for Jan. 13-19

  • January 12, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 12:25 p.m.
  • English Press

Jan. 13 (MON)


— Coming of Age Day national holiday.


— Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit the United Arab Emirates.


Abe is on a trip to the Middle East, calling for efforts to stabilize the region amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States. The five-day tour began Saturday in Saudi Arabia and will also take him to Oman.


— Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to visit the United States through Jan. 16.


Motegi will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in San Francisco. Tokyo is seeking to play a mediator role in the U.S.-Iran standoff. The top diplomats will also hold three-way talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha to discuss cooperation on North Korean issues.


Jan. 14 (TUES)


— Abe to visit Oman.


— Defense Minister Taro Kono to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Washington.


Kono is expected to explain Japan’s dispatch of Maritime Self-Defense Force planes and a destroyer to the Middle East on an information-gathering mission while not joining a U.S-led maritime security initiative in the region.


— Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for November.


— Cabinet Office to release results of monthly “economy watchers” survey for December.


Jan. 15 (Wed)


— Four years since deadly ski tour bus accident in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, that killed 15 people.


Jan. 16 (Thurs)


— Cabinet Office to release machinery orders data for November.


— Imperial family to hold annual New Year Poetry Reading Ceremony.


— 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 have sought imprisonment of five and a half years for the 53-year-old driver, Fumiko Shintate, accusing her of carelessly turning right at a crossing before crashing into a vehicle traveling in the opposite lane that went on to kill two toddlers and injure 11 others and three nursery school teachers.


Jan. 17 (Fri)


— Japan Tourism Agency to release number of foreign visitors to Japan for December and for 2019.


— 25th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake that devastated Kobe, vicinities.


— Masatsugu Asakawa, former vice finance minister for international affairs, to take up presidency of Asian Development Bank.


Jan. 18 (Sat)


— National Center Test for University Admissions to be held through Jan. 19.


The test will be held for the last time. The government plans to introduce new standardized university entrance exams in January 2021, although stirring controversy over their formats after repeatedly changing plans.


Jan. 19 (Sun)


— 60th anniversary of signing of Japan-U.S. security treaty.


— Campaign to start for mayoral election in Kyoto.


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