Main events scheduled for Thursday, April 8

©Kyodo News

Main events scheduled in Japan for Thursday, April 8:

-- Official campaigning to start for House of Councillors by-election in Nagano Prefecture, re-election in Hiroshima Prefecture.

-- Cabinet Office to release monthly "economy watchers" survey for March.

-- Finance Ministry to release preliminary balance of payments statistics for February at 8:50 a.m.

-- Cabinet Office to release survey on consumer trends for March at 2 p.m.