Japan Timeline

The Events that Shape the Country

In this series we present a monthly chronology of newsworthy events and developments involving Japan, its economy, its government, and its people.

Timeline for March 2017

Three North Korean missiles land in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Moritomo Gakuen head Kagoike Yasunori gives testimony at the Diet, and the government decides to withdraw Ground Self-Defense Force troops from South Sudan peacekeeping operations. These are the main news stories for March 2017.
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Timeline for February 2017

Prime Minister Abe meets President Trump at the White House, Carlos Ghosn steps down as president of Nissan, and the Asian Winter Games are held in Sapporo. Look back at the major Japan-related stories of February 2017.
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Timeline for January 2017

Japanese diplomats are called back from South Korea, the emperor’s abdication path becomes clearer, and TEPCO locates meltdown debris for the first time. These are the top news stories for January 2017.
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Timeline for December 2016

Prime Minister Abe visits Pearl Harbor, an Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, and the House of Representatives passes casino legislation. Look back at the key Japan-related stories of December 2016.
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Timeline for November 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō meets with US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, Mifune Toshirō receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Japanese peacekeepers get an expanded mandate in South Sudan. These are the main news stories of November 2016.
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Timeline for October 2016

Ōsumi Yoshinori wins a Nobel Prize, a powerful earthquake rocks Tottori, and the oldest member of the imperial family passes away. Read on to learn what happened in Japan in October 2016.
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Timeline for September 2016

Prime Minister Abe becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Cuba, Renhō is elected president of the Democratic Party, and soil contamination issues hamper relocation of Tokyo’s main fish market. These are the key news stories of September 2016.
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Timeline for August 2016

Emperor Akihito expresses a desire to abdicate in a video message and Japan wins a record number of medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. These are the leading news stories of August 2016.
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Timeline for July 2016

The House of Councillors election is held, Emperor Akihito reportedly expresses a wish to abdicate, and cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go is launched in Japan. These are the leading news stories of July 2016.
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Timeline for June 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō postpones the consumption tax hike, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi resigns, and campaigning begins for the House of Councillors election. Look back at the main stories of June 2016.
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