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Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for March 30-April 5

  • March 29, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 12:15 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO — Highlights of Japan-related events for March 30-April 5:


March 30 (Mon)

— Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee to hold board meeting.

— A woman who served 10 years in prison over the 1979 murder of her former brother-in-law in Kagoshima Prefecture to request a retrial for the fourth time.

The Supreme Court in June 2019 rejected lower and high court decisions to hold a retrial for Ayako Haraguchi. Before that, she had also filed similar retrial requests in 1995 and 2010, but both were rejected.


March 31 (Tues)

— Otsu District Court to hand down ruling in retrial for a former assistant nurse convicted of murdering a patient in 2003 by removing his respirator.

Mika Nishiyama, who spent 12 years in prison, is set to be exonerated after prosecutors last month did not contest new evidence that the patient died of natural causes at a hospital in Shiga Prefecture.

— Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release unemployment rate for February.

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

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


April 1 (Wed)

— Bank of Japan to release March Tankan business sentiment survey.

The poll is expected to mark a sharp deterioration from December amid the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak.

— Revised health promotion law to ban smoking inside buildings to be fully enforced.

— Revised laws on child abuse prevention, child welfare to take effect.

— Kagawa Prefecture to implement Japan’s first ordinance aimed at reducing internet, video game addiction among young people.

The ordinance recommends screen-time be limited to one hour per day. But it has also triggered controversy, with critics saying it is overly prescriptive for parents despite having no enforcement mechanism.

— Saitama and Hamamatsu cities to begin recognizing LGTB partnerships.

— Public broadcaster NHK to fully launch simultaneous online streaming services.


April 2 (Thurs)

— Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to report at lower house plenary session on postponement of Tokyo Olympics.


April 3 (Fri)

— Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka as well as Tokyo and Hakata to be reduced through May 6 due to declining number of passengers as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.


April 4 (Sat)

— No major events.


April 5 (Sun)

— No major events.

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