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Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for Jan. 27-Feb. 2

  • January 26, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 0:43 p.m.
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TOKYO – Highlights of Japan-related events for Jan. 27-Feb. 2:

 

Jan. 27 (MON)

 

— House of Representatives Budget Committee to hold question-and-answer sessions for two days on supplementary budget draft for fiscal 2019.

 

Jan. 28 (TUES)

 

— Major business lobby Keidanren to hold 2-day management-labor forum in Tokyo.

 

It marks the effective start of the annual “shunto” wage talks in spring. Representatives of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, known as Rengo, the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, and officials in charge of personnel management at major Japanese companies will give speeches and discuss how to raise wages and improve labor conditions as the economy struggles to beat chronic deflation.

 

— Tokyo court to hand down ruling on Kazuhiro Kokubo, former Olympic snowboarder.

 

Kokubo is charged with smuggling marijuana from the United States in December 2018. Kokubo, who has admitted to the charge, competed at the 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

 

Jan. 29 (WED)

 

— Cabinet Office to release survey on consumer trends for January.

 

— Bank of Japan to release summary of opinions from Jan. 20-21 Policy Board meeting.

Jan. 30 (THURS)

 

— Japanese parliament to approve supplementary budget worth 4.47 trillion yen ($41 billion) for fiscal 2019.

 

The government has allocated around 2.31 trillion yen for reconstruction from Typhoon Hagibis, which hit a wide area of Japan in October, and other recent disasters as well as for building infrastructure to prepare for future calamities.

 

Jan. 31 (FRI)

 

— Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release unemployment rate for December, average for whole of 2019.

 

— Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to release ratio of job offers to job seekers for December.

 

— Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to release preliminary industrial production index for December.

 

— Tokyo District Court to hold 1st hearing in trial of actress Erika Sawajiri charged with possessing illegal drugs MDMA and LSD following her arrest in November.

 

Sawajiri, winner of the best newcomer award at the Japan Academy Film Prize for her role as an ethnic Korean girl living in Japan, has admitted to using illegal drugs for more than 10 years, according to investigative sources.

 

Feb. 1 (SAT)

 

— Japanese professional baseball teams to start preseason training camps.

 

Feb. 2 (SUN)

 

— Election to be held to choose mayor of Kyoto.

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