Main events scheduled for Friday, Dec. 31

© Kyodo News

Main events scheduled in Japan for Friday, Dec. 31:

-- Popular New Year's Eve music show aired by public broadcaster NHK to be held with audience for 1st time in 2 years despite the coronavirus pandemic.

-- JR East to run trains overnight in Tokyo, vicinity for people going out for New Year's early morning visits to shrines, temples for 1st time in 2 years.