Highlights of Japan-related events scheduled for Feb. 8-14

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Highlights of Japan-related events for Feb. 8-14:

Feb. 8 (Mon)

-- Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for December, whole of 2020.

-- Cabinet Office to release results of monthly "economy watchers" survey for January.

With consumer spending plunging under the state of emergency declaration over 11 prefectures that started in January, the survey of business sentiment among workers with jobs sensitive to economic trends is expected to worsen for the third straight month.

-- SoftBank Group to release April-December earnings report.

The telecommunication and investment business conglomerate's net profit surged more than four-fold to 1.88 trillion yen ($17.8 billion) in the April-September period from a year earlier thanks to massive asset sales aimed at improving its financial position.

-- Australian Open 2021 to start in Melbourne, with Japan's Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori among the players.

The first of the Grand Slam tennis events of the year, it was delayed by three weeks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and will run until Feb. 21.

Feb. 9 (Tues)

-- 20th anniversary of collision between Japanese fisheries school training boat Ehime Maru and U.S. Navy submarine off Hawaii.

Nine people, including four high school students, were killed in the accident off Oahu Island when the 6,080-ton submarine Greenville burst to the surface.

-- Honda Motor, Nissan Motor to release their April-December earnings reports.

Feb. 10 (Wed)

-- Toyota Motor to release April-December earnings report.

Toyota reported a 45.3 percent drop in net profit in the six months to September, the first year-on-year fall in four years, and expects a 30.3 percent fall for the year to March.

Feb. 11 (Thurs)

-- National Foundation Day.

-- All Japan Selected Speed Skating Competition in Nagano to run until Feb.13.

Feb. 12 (Fri)

-- No major events.

Feb. 13 (Sat)

-- Revised laws setting fines for anti-virus measure noncompliance to take effect.

Fines include up to 500,000 yen against COVID-19 patients resisting hospitalization, and up to 300,000 yen against restaurants and bars that do not follow orders to shorten operating hours.

Feb. 14 (Sun)

-- No major events.