What's Next: December 23, 2016

Students recite the Imperial Rescript on Education and Confucian Analects in front of Japan's national flag, a picture of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, and a hanging scroll of Confucius at Tsukamoto kindergarten in Osaka, Japan, Nov 3
Students recite the Imperial Rescript on Education and Confucian Analects in front of Japan's national flag, a picture of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, and a hanging scroll of Confucius at Tsukamoto kindergarten in Osaka, Japan, Nov 30, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Akihito celebrates 83rd birthday

Japan's Emperor Akihito celebrates his 83rd birthday today, and all eyes will be on whether he will discuss his potential abdication in his customary video message. A panel discussion on his possible abdication - which is unprecedented in modern Japan - began in October after the Emperor expressed his wish to step down because of health reasons.


November inflation numbers out today

Last month's inflation numbers will be released today and could provide further indication of whether a prolonged period of declining prices may be at an end.

In October, Singapore experienced its 24th straight month of negative inflation as the consumer price index fell 0.1 per cent from the figure in the same month a year ago. But this was the smallest fall in two years, leading some analysts to say prices may be stabilising.


New data on factory output

Data on Singapore's industrial production last month will be announced today, giving economists more signs of whether the beleaguered manufacturing sector is truly staging a comeback.

October offered a whiff of optimism, as factory output expanded by 1.2 per cent over the figure in the same month a year ago, lifted by strong showings in electronics and biomedical manufacturing.

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