Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Oct 7, and which we think you'd be interested in.
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UniSIM convocation to include first cohorts from several programmes
More than 2,200 students will receive their degree scrolls at the 10th SIM University (UniSIM) convocation from Wednesday (Oct 7). This year, programmes with the first cohort of graduating students include those from the Bachelor of Communication with Business, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance and Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education, among others. - CALVIN YANG
Spotlight on BoJ policy statement
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) will issue its policy statement today (Oct 7) , with analysts closely watching if the central bank will expand its stimulus measures. Inflation has fallen below zero, which could mean further monetary easing this month by BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. But some observers believe Mr Kuroda will hold off on any further measures for now, especially with a tightening labour market.
Abe to unveil new Cabinet
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will unveil his new Cabinet on Wednesday (Oct 7), seeking to boost his popularity ratings about one year after his previous reshuffle.
The September 2014 shake-up backfired after two female ministers resigned over funding scandals, the trade minister was rapped for the lurid entertainment expenses of a support group, and the defence minister was replaced following allegations of improper funds use. About half the current Cabinet is expected to remain in their posts, but Mr Abe has also signalled that many in his Liberal Democratic Party who are eyeing a post will be disappointed. - JEREMY LEE