Here is a list of major events scheduled for 2021 in Japan and beyond, with hyperlinks to their related articles.
Jan. 18 (Mon) -- Japanese parliament to convene a regular five-month session.
Jan. 20 (Wed) -- Joe Biden to be sworn in as U.S. president.
Jan. 22 (Fri) -- Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to take effect.
Feb. 23 (Tues) -- Japanese Emperor Naruhito's 61st birthday.
March 5 (Fri) -- China to convene national congress.
March 11 (Thurs) -- 10th anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
March 25 (Thurs) -- Domestic leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay to begin in Fukushima Prefecture.
May 1 (Sat) -- 2nd anniversary of Japanese Emperor Naruhito's ascension.
May 18 (Tues) -- World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, Switzerland, through May 21.
July 23 (Fri) -- Tokyo Olympics to open, run through Aug. 8.
Aug. 15 (Sun) -- Japan to mark the 76th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.
Aug. 24 (Tues) -- Tokyo Paralympics to open, run through Sept. 5.
Sept. 11 (Sat) -- 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Sept. 30 (Thurs) -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's current term as head of Japan's ruling party to expire.
Oct. 21 (Thurs) -- Japanese House of Representatives members' current term to expire.
Nov. 1 (Mon) -- 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, through Nov. 12.
Dec. 10 (Fri) -- Nobel Prize ceremony to be held in Stockholm, Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.