Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 28, 2016

Mr Herbert Ho, head of operations at Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, helps set up the World Press Photo 2015 exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore on Jan 26, 2016.
Mr Herbert Ho, head of operations at Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, helps set up the World Press Photo 2015 exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore on Jan 26, 2016. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Jan 28, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Winning Press Photos on Display

Some of the world’s most compelling press images will be on show in Singapore at the World Press Photo exhibition, which will be launched today (Jan 28).  To be held at the National Museum of Singapore from Jan 29 to Feb 21, the exhibition will feature 145 winning photos from the prestigious 2015 World Press Photo contest. Three award-winning photographers will also share their experiences at a media conference today. - Yuen Sin

Scandal-hit Japan minister to speak


Japanese Economy Minister Akira Mari will hold a news conference today (Jan 28) to answer graft accusations. PHOTO: AFP

Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari, a key architect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies and Japan's top negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, is expected to hold a news conference today (Jan 28) to offer an explanation on accusations he had taken bribes.

Mr Amari, 66, has been under fire after media reported last week that he had accepted money from a construction company 
in exchange for helping it to get compensation for disputes over land ownership and waste removal at a public works site.

BOJ meets to discuss prices and growth


A man walking by the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo. PHOTO: REUTERS

Bank of Japan (BOJ) is likely to add to its monetary stimulus this year, but probably not at its two-day policy meeting which begins today (Jan 28). Waning inflation expectations, sliding oil prices and a reversal in the yen's declines have put pressure on BOJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda and the bank's board to do more to fuel prices and growth in Japan. BOJ is likely to weigh the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting that ended this morning.