Main events scheduled in Japan for Thursday, May 18:
-- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to hold separate meetings in Hiroshima with U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
-- Preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for April to be released by Finance Ministry.
-- Number of new condominiums put on sale in Tokyo metropolitan area in April to be released by Real Estate Economic Institute.
-- Official campaigning to start for Aomori gubernatorial election.