TOKYO – Highlights of Japan-related events for March 8-14:
March 8 (Mon)
— Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for January.
— Cabinet Office to release monthly “economy watchers” survey for February.
March 9 (Tues)
— Cabinet Office to release revised gross domestic product data for October-December quarter of 2020.
Preliminary data showed Japan’s economy grew an annualized real 12.7 percent, owing to the government’s “Go to Travel” program to promote domestic travels and regional economies. The program has been suspended since late December in response to the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to release average household spending data for January.
— The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to release new outlook for global economic growth.
The focus is on how the rollout of coronavirus inoculation programs in many countries and territories would affect the Paris-based OECD’s views on outlooks for the world economy hit hard by the pandemic.
March 10 (Wed)
— International Olympic Committee to hold general assembly.
The Olympic committee is expected to approve incumbent Thomas Bach’s new term as president during the online assembly to run through Friday. John Coates, vice president and coordination commission chair, will report the latest status of preparations for the Tokyo Games.
March 11 (Thurs)
— 10th anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
More than 15,000 people were killed in the 2011 disaster and over 2,000 remain missing, while about 41,000 evacuees still live away from home as recovery efforts continue.
— Memorial ceremonies for victims of Great East Japan Earthquake to be held across the nation, including in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, and Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture in hardest-hit regions. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako to attend government-sponsored memorial service in Tokyo.
March 12 (Fri)
— Saga District Court to hand down rulings on two lawsuits by local residents who demanded Kyushu Electric Power halt operations of Nos. 3 and 4 reactors of Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture, and that the state scrap approval for the utility to run reactors.
The Fukuoka High Court and the Saga District Court previously rejected an injunction request by local residents on the restart of the two reactors. The Nos. 1 and 2 reactors will be decommissioned.
March 13 (Sat)
— West Japan Railway Co., Hankyu Corp. and Hanshin Electric Railway Co. to bring forward departure times of last trains.
— World Boxing Association light flyweight title holder Hiroto Kyoguchi of Japan to face Mexican challenger Axel Aragon Vega at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
March 14 (Sun)
— Defense Ministry to hold 1st competitive cybersecurity talent search.