What's Next: August 15, 2016

Visitors bow their heads towards the Yasukuni Shrine, on August 14.
Visitors bow their heads towards the Yasukuni Shrine, on August 14. PHOTO: REUTERS

Japan marks WWII surrender

Japan today commemorates the 71st anniversary of its surrender that marked the end of World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defence Minister Tomomi Inada have said that they will not visit the Yasukuni Shrine today. China and South Korea regard the shrine, which honours 14 Class A criminals, as a sign of Japan's militarism.

Hero's welcome for Schooling

A hero's welcome for Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling is expected to begin at Changi Airport when the flight he is on touches down at Terminal 3 at 5.30am today. A large crowd is expected to greet him and he will give a short address. The celebrations will continue, with Schooling and his family attending Parliament following a personal invitation from the Prime Minister.

July retail sales figures

Singapore's retail sales figures for July will be released today, giving more hints on the state of the consumers here. Retail sales rose 3 per cent in June but most of that was due to a jump in car sales. A similar trend is likely to continue for July.

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