TOKYO – Main events scheduled in Japan for May 25-31:
May 25 (Mon)
— Panel of medical experts to make fresh assessment of virus infections in Tokyo and four other prefectures to guide government decision on whether to lift state of emergency in those areas.
The government is expected to end restrictions given the declining number of new infections in the areas after lifting emergency measures in all other prefectures by May 14.
— Hiroaki Nakanishi, head of Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, to hold press conference.
— Season’s 1st auction for premium Yubari melons to be held in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
May 26 (Tues)
— Suzuki Motor Corp. to release earnings report for FY 2019.
May 27 (Wed)
— Alliance of Nissan Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Renault SA to hold joint press conference online.
May 28 (Thurs)
— Nissan to release FY 2019 results.
The automaker is expected to report a huge net loss due to poor global sales. It will also release a medium-term business plan, though it may withhold earnings guidance for the current business year in line with other major automakers suffering the impacts of coronavirus pandemic.
— 1st anniversary of mass stabbings around school bus stop in Kawasaki near Tokyo that killed two people and injured 18 others.
A group of Caritas Elementary School students and parents were attacked by a knife-wielding Ryuichi Iwasaki, 51, as they waited for a school bus. Iwasaki died in an apparent suicide shortly after the attack.
May 29 (Fri)
— Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release unemployment rate for April.
The unemployment rate has been relatively low since the start of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current period in office in 2012, but it has risen in recent months and is expected to further increase due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to release ratio of job offers to job seekers for April.
— Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to release preliminary industrial production index for April.
Production in March fell to the lowest level in over seven years due to the coronavirus outbreak. April data is expected to reflect effects of the government’s state of emergency imposed on Tokyo and six other prefectures on April 7, expanded to the entire nation on April 17.
— Cabinet Office to release survey on consumer trends for May.
A consumer sentiment index in April fell to the lowest level and is expected to worsen in May after the government asked people to stay home and refrain from non-essential outings to prevent the spread of the virus.
May 30 (Sat)
— No major events.
May 31 (Sun)
— Japan Derby to be held at Tokyo Racecourse.