What's Next: August 8, 2016

Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace to mark his 82nd birthday in Tokyo, Japan, Dec 23, 2015.
Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace to mark his 82nd birthday in Tokyo, Japan, Dec 23, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Japan's emperor to address nation

Japanese Emperor Akihito, who reportedly intends to abdicate, is expected to express his thoughts about the system of the emperor as symbol of the state in a 10-minute video slated for broadcast at 2pm Singapore time today. But it is believed that he will avoid the mention of abdication, which is a sensitive issue in Japan, The Japan News reported.

Comfort DelGro's record drive

Transport giant ComfortDelGro will attempt to enter the Singapore Book of Records today, by getting its staff and drivers to take part in the largest mass workout. The event is part of the group's National Day Observance Ceremony, which will be attended by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

DBS to release Q2 results

DBS is announcing its second-quarter financial results this morning. Beyond its bottom line, investors are likely keen to know more about what chief executive Piyush Gupta might have to say about the bank's $700 million exposure to failed Swiber Holdings. DBS was Swiber's biggest lender and it also arranged the oil and gas service provider's bonds.

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