What's Next: June 30, 2017

Fukushima disaster: Ex-bosses on trial

Three former executives of the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant go on trial today on the only criminal charges laid in the 2011 disaster in Japan. The hearing comes more than a year after Tokyo Electric Power former chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, and former vice-presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71, were formally charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury.

Free rides for national servicemen

To commemorate 50 years of national service, all national servicemen can travel free on public buses and trains today if they don their uniforms. Past and present national servicemen can ride free as long as they are wearing their uniforms - No. 3 or No. 4 uniforms for the Singapore Armed Forces servicemen, and duty uniforms for Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force servicemen - for verification purposes.

Data on Japan's consumer prices

Japan is set to release May data for its consumer price index today, even as the central bank contemplates whether to reduce or end purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF) if inflation approaches its 2 per cent target. The Bank of Japan is buying ETFs, government bonds and trust funds investing in property under a programme to stimulate the economy and achieve its inflation target. Consumer prices rose 0.4 per cent year on year in April.

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