Highlights of Japan-related events for March 23-29:
March 23 (Mon)
-- Legoland Japan to resume some operations.
Legoland Japan Ltd. closed its amusement park in Aichi Prefecture from Feb. 29 due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
-- KDDI to announce new plans for 5G services.
March 24 (Tues)
-- No major events.
March 25 (Wed)
-- NTT Docomo to launch 5G smartphone services.
NTT Docomo Inc. will start 5G smartphone services allowing data transmission of up to 100 gigabytes at a monthly fee of 7,650 yen ($69) excluding tax. It will provide 5G services in about 150 areas in Japan as of March 31.
-- Japan Display to hold extraordinary shareholders' meeting.
The meeting will decide whether shareholders will accept one of the financial aid plans by Japanese private fund Ichigo Asset Management Ltd. to rebuild the troubled company.
-- Tokyo District Court to hand down ruling on Motoaki Saito, former head of a Japanese venture who is charged with fraud in government subsidies for a supercomputer development project.
Prosecutors are demanding eight years in prison for the former head of PEZY Computing for allegedly defrauding the government of 653 million yen in subsidies between March and April in 2014, as well as evading corporate tax of 230 million yen.
March 26 (Thurs)
-- Olympic torch relay to start at J-village soccer training center in Fukushima Prefecture.
The flame for this summer's Tokyo Olympics arrived at an air base in Miyagi Prefecture on Friday as athletes around the world have grown concerned the quadrennial Summer Games might be at risk of postponement or cancellation due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
March 27 (Fri)
-- SoftBank to start 5G services.
March 28 (Sat)
-- No major events.
March 29 (Sun)
-- New approach routes for Haneda airport to open.
With the introduction of new flight routes above Tokyo, the number of departures and arrivals at the airport will rise by up to 39,000 annually from the current 447,000.
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